Early this morning the Detroit Lions learned that they wil be without their starting slot receiver. According to a report by ESPN Nate Burleson broke his arm when he crashed his car into the median on I 696. Apparently pizza was the cause of the crash as Burleson was adjusting boxes slipping off of his passenger seat.
In the wake of the injury, the Lions have wasted no time trying to fill Burlesons spot on the roster. According to Tim Twentyman, the Lions have been talking with several teams about a possible trade.
The #Lions have talked with multiple teams this morning regarding receivers available for possible trade, according to sources.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 24, 2013
Who could the Lions trade to get a quality wide receiver?
How about a second round draft pick from 2011?
Mikel LeShoure has been inactive for two-thirds of the games this season and not for health reasons. In fact when LeShoure was active for the game in Washington he didn’t get a single carry. Nor did he see a snap on special teams. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz claims the only reason LeShoure didn’t get in the game is because he wasn’t needed.
“In this game, Joique was handling that load, and Theo was handling some of the pass stuff we ran and it just never came up for (Leshoure) to get on the field,” Schwartz said. “If Joique had to come out for a portion of the time, he would have filled the same role Joique had filled, but it just never came up in the game.”
Actions normally speak louder than words and Schwartz’s refusal to play LeShoure in against the Redskins indicates a larger issue is behind the running backs absence from the Lions offensive scheme.
If the Detroit Lions trade Mikel LeShoure for a wide receiver, it would solve a number of problems.
- It would quiet the growing concern over a high draft pick from a couple of years ago not getting any playing time.
- It would fill a big hole in the Lions passing attack.
- It would eliminate a possible distraction in a critical season.
If the Lions aren’t going to use LeShoure they should trade him for a player they will use. Otherwise they are wasting a roster spot that could be best used on a player the coaching staff has confidence in.