The Detroit Lions and The Great Wide Receiver Conundrum

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Player Receptions Receiving Yards Touchdowns
Nate Burleson 27 240 2
Mike Thomas 5 28 1
Ryan Broyles 22 310 2
Kris Durham 8 125 1
Brin Robiske 4 44 1
Titus Young 33 383 4
Total 99 1,130 11
New Orleans Saints, minus Marqes Colston
103 1,789 10

Have you ever been sucker punched? I mean really good. The kind where you wake up and don’t know where you are? This is what 2012 felt like to the Detroit Lions and their fans.

Looking at the stats it doesn’t seem too bad, but it really was. Burleson broke his leg early in season after a hot start, Ryan Broyles came on strong in relief, then tore his ACL, Titus Young went crazy seemingly out of nowhere and the Lions made quite possibly the dumbest trade in franchise history to acquire Mike Thomas and his 5 receptions from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Lions ended the season relying on Kris Durham to help get at least one more win. unfortunately it never came and the Lions ended the season a dismal 4-12.

Next: 2013