With this weekend's impending contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars holding a firm grasp on whether the Detroit Lions can regain their footing and turn the corner back toward being a potential contender, the approaching 2012 National Football league trade deadline has already brought a surprise depth-addition to the struggling lineup.
On October 30, in a trade that was far less a blockbuster than an attempt to bolster the roster, the Lions sent a 2014 fifth-round draft pick to Jacksonville for recently re-signed wide receiver Mike Thomas.
In the injury-induced absence of number two receiving option Nate Burleson, Detroit needed another veteran to secure the position. Thomas fits the role of consistent depth and experience. Unhappy with the lackluster offense of the Jaguars, Thomas was the focal point of some intense scrutiny over the past couple of seasons, as he became unapologetic and vocal about his views. On the field, though some say he had "mailed it in," he was as consistent as any other player on the Jacksonville roster, hauling in 171 catches for 1,768 yards and six touchdowns in his previous four seasons. In 2012, his numbers are a bit down at 80 yards on 13 receptions. The change in scenery to a potentially high-powered Detroit passing offense may be the catalyst necessary to jump-start his performance.
Now, with depth at the wide receiver position all but settled, Detroit needs to focus on the most glaring deficiency - safety. With starter Loius Delmas succumbing to, yet, another injury, and Amari Spivey on the shelf, as well, the options for Detroit are few and far between. They are already short at defensive back so bolstering the safety position is something necessary and, at this point, only a solid veteran will do. With a few decent options emerging, there should be a premium placed on the position by general manager Martin Mayhew.
Like we've seen before, there could always be a surprise in store for the Lions'. Realistically, should they be able to acquire a firm veteran at the position to go with the newly-acquired Thomas, they may have enough pieces to save the season from being a complete failure.
The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and published, freelance author, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and writes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Great Lakes Loons and Notre Dame football.
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