Bush had six of those explosive-type runs by himself in Miami last year. He's expected to bring that added pop to the offense.
“I think with what we have on the roster right now, I would say somebody that can stretch the field,” Stafford said this week when asked about what kind of receiver he'd like to see if the Lions did indeed add one via the draft.
“In the NFL, more and more today, everyone is looking for that. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing opposite Calvin Johnson or not, you want somebody that can run. This is a game about speed.”
The Lions had plenty of big plays in the passing game in 2012, led by Johnson’s 40 catches of 20-plus yards, but all other Lions wide receivers combined for 16 such plays, led by Titus Young and
With Young no longer on the roster and Broyles recovering from a torn ACL, it’s easy to see why wide receiver still remains a need for the Lions.
The Lions brought in speedy receivers Tavon Austin (West Virginia), Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee), Justin Hunter (Tennessee) and Robert Woods (USC) in the pre-draft process, and don’t think for a moment that Lions general manager Martin Mayhew won’t have his eye on adding another outside threat in next week’s NFL Draft.
“The way I look at it, when you have a quarterback like Matthew Stafford, you want to keep giving him weapons and that’s what we’re going to try and keep doing,” Mayhew said this offseason.