The loss of Nate Burleson didn't sting too much during the
Lions' 28-24 win over the Seahawks on Sunday. But, make no mistake, Burleson's
absence is a big deal in Detroit.
Mike Thomas, the Jacksonville Jaguars' exiled wide receiver,
will now be charged with helping to fill the Lions' void at receiver -- a hefty
task, even on the NFL's second-best passing offense.
The Lions traded for Thomas on Tuesday afternoon
with the intention of helping solidify a suddenly thinning receiving corps. But
even with Thomas' talent, as well as the presence of Titus Young and Ryan
Broyles, Burleson is a difficult player to replace both on and off the field.
Burleson has been the Lions' second best wide receiver -- next
to Calvin Johnson of course -- over the past two-plus seasons. He's emerged as
one of Matthew Stafford's favorite targets and always seems to get open in big
His anticipated 60-plus catches and five or s...