One of the less talked about needs the Detroit Lions had heading into the 2013 NFL Draft was for a wide receiver to play on the outside opposite Calvin Johnson.
Perhaps they would have considered Justin Hunter or Denard Robinson last April had the board fallen a little differently but they didn’t have that opportunity. They did draft Corey Fuller in the sixth round but he doesn’t figure to have an impact this season.
Now it appears the Lions are turning to the bargain free agent market to at least give a veteran a shot to prove he can give the Lions what they need. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Lions have workouts scheduled with Laurent Robinson, Steve Breaston and Chaz Schilens.
Any of the three may be able to help the Lions but they each have their own history of injury problems. Robinson signed a big contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars after a breakout season for the Dallas Cowboys but was cut after a season plagued with concussions. Breaston battled knee pain while catching just seven passes in ten games for the Chiefs last year. Schilens was looking like a solid fantasy football sleeper in 2009 when foot injuries set in. He has played in 15 games in each of the last two season but hasn’t produced at a high level.
Martin Mayhew doesn’t pass up on opportunities to improve the roster. If one of these guys impresses, don’t be surprised if a move is made. However, if much could be expected these guys wouldn’t be available.