Detroit Lions: The Great Wide Receiver Battle

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Aug 13, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver

Lance Moore

(16) gets chased by New York Jets inside linebacker

Demario Davis

(56) during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The case for Lance Moore

Beginning his career in New Orleans in 2006 as a rookie, Lance Moore has learned a lot through the years. He played 8 seasons with the Saints and last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Spending so much time with the Saints, means he is familiar with Joe Lombardi’s offense. But, is familiarity enough to earn him a spot?

The highlight of his career stat-wise was in 2012 when he recorded 1041 receiving yards and scored 6 touchdowns. At almost 32 years old, does he have enough left in the tank to still be a formidable receiver and a threat to opposing defenses? This is the main thing I question when I think of Lance Moore. Could we still get a couple of solid years of play out of him? Or should we slide him aside for younger talent?

Personally, I say yes. While he isn’t exactly the tallest receiver, measuring in at 5-foot-9, he would be a great slot receiver to have. You could say, he could be the go-to receiver for Matthew Stafford like Wes Welker was to both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

For these reasons, I am giving him the job of the 5th wide receiver on the roster.

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