Along with defensive end
“I got a call a little after nine, just relaxing at the house,” said Burleson. “Scott was in Seattle. I was like, ‘What’s going on? Is this really happening right now? Is this how people do things?’”
Linehan had dinner with Burleson and his dad and was sold on coming to Detroit.
“It wasn’t that I walked away with a full stomach and I was convinced that I need to play for the Lions, it was more the effort of him coming to Seattle, showing that he really wanted to make a personal connection,” said Burleson.
“Even though I know Scott, him coming out and actually looking me in my eyes and being in Seattle spoke volumes and for that reason I was very appreciative.”
Burleson posted his best numbers when he played under Linehan and across from wide receiver Randy Moss in Minnesota.
The parallels are too obvious to miss.
With 6-5, 235-pound
Said Burleson of his time in Minnesota, “Scott would preach to me, ‘You’ve got to get open. I know you’re young, I know you just got here, but you have to get open. Do you what you did in college and make plays.’ That’s what I plan to do here, just make plays.”
Burleson being thrown into the mix changes the dynamics of the Lions’ offense.
Along with receivers
“Calvin – he’s probably everything you hear and more,” said Burleson. “The nickname ‘Megatron’ is very fitting because he’s extremely big and extremely talented. The last time I played with a guy of that stature, that speed and that strength is probably Randy Moss.”
Johnson holds Burleson in an equally favorable light.
“I think he can be a big factor,” he said. “Nate has some speed. He has great run after the catch. I look forward to seeing him get the ball in his hands so he can make some moves and get down the field.”