Few teams had a more productive and cost-efficient off-season than the Detroit Lions heading into 2013 with exception of filling their big need at wide receiver. Could they address that by offering Laurent Robinson a one-year deal.
Lions seeks answers for Matthew Stafford beyond Calvin Johnson
It isn't hard to figure out where the strengths of the Detroit offense come from. Matthews Stafford to Calvin Johnson is the one reason they are even relevant in the conversation of top offenses. Stafford has topped 10,000 yards passing in just two seasons while "Megatron" broke the single-season receiving record and came just 36 yards shy of an unheard of 2,000. That would seem so much more impressive a feat if the Lions weren't such a horrible team. They finished 2012 with a 4-12 record. Stafford had plenty of yards but only 20 touchdown passes and they once again could not field a 1,000-yard rusher. Their biggest objectives going into the off-season was finding a stable running back and a receiver who could compliment Johnson. They succeeded in the first endeavor by signing Reggie Bush in free agency. As for the other, after watching Titus Young implode and Ryan Broyles tearing his ACL for the second time, Detroit curiously did not sign or draft anybody of note. The hope seems to be that veteran Nate Burleson can return from his own injury and hold things down while the coaches try to coach up some of the young guys on the roster. Either that or they go shopping for a bargain and hope for a hit.
Robinson hopes to put Jacksonville Jaguars disaster behind him
Ironically that may actually present an opportunity. Most of the free-agent market is picked clean of proven receivers anywhere near their physical primes. The hope now is that some pricey veterans get cut by their teams in training camp or the preseason, allowing another to swoop in with an offer. However, there is one interesting name out there who is trying to prove he can still play is Laurent Robinson. People still remember his breakout season in 2011 when he caught 54 passes for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns. The showing earned him a big new contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Unfortunately his luck ran out when he suffered an unprecedented four concussions during the 2012 season, only playing seven games. Concussions have become the buzz word when it comes to injuries in the NFL of late. Teams are afraid of legal issues they can bring about, which is why Robinson among others is having trouble finding a job. At age 28 he feels he can still play good football. All he needs is a chance. The bright side for whichever team that considers it is he will certainly come cheap and has the potential for a big payoff.
The Detroit Lions only have money for cheap options at this point. Laurent Robinson is a risk, but a low one. In a season billed as make-or-break they need every advantage they can find.
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