INDIANAPOLIS -- It’s no big secret the Detroit Lions are on the lookout for a receiver to complement All Pro
The need became exponentially more important last week, when veteran receiver Nate Burleson became a salary cap casualty.
How the Lions obtain the help is still being discussed, but rest assured it's coming. Could it be via free agency, the draft, or a combination of both?
Either way, the Lions need it and head coach Jim Caldwell knows it.
“Well, I think it’s something, obviously, that we have to take a real strong look at,” Caldwell said during his Thursday press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“Because of the fact that he’s one that’s going to draw a little extra attention in terms of double coverage like he’s always done. With that being the case, we have to find a way to make certain whoever’s on the other side that may be getting singled in some situations can do some damage against the defenders.”
Johnson caught 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season. All other Lions wide receivers combined for 108 catches, 1,390 yards and five touchdowns.
There's no doubt Lions need another big-play threat.
The 2014 class of receivers arrived here in Indianapolis today and will speak to the media on Friday and do their on-field workouts Sunday.
Sammy Watkins (Clemson), Mike Evans (Texas A&M) and Marqise Lee (USC) are all possibilities for the Lions with the No. 10 pick.
They could also find help with the No. 45 pick.
The free agent class of receivers is fairly deep, too.
However the Lions plan to get the help, it's on the way.
“I think that’s extremely important,” Caldwell said of improving at the receiver position. “So, I think that’s something we’re taking a good, hard look at and one way or another we’re going to come up with a guy that will give us some balance in that area.”