Aug 3, 2012
The Lions offense needs a legit No. 2 receiver and veteran Nate Burleson, who’s about to turn 31, is not getting the job done. Meanwhile, the second rounder from Boise State posted 607 yards and six touchdowns on 48 catches in his rookie campaign. With so many fragile running backs and Matthew Stafford gunning the ball Young has an opportunity to put up a big time sophomore season, especially if the team wises up and has him supplant Burleson.
After quitting on three teams in 2010, Randy Moss took last year off to recharge and now returns to the game at age 35. Yes, Moss could completely tank again but the reward is awful tempting should he free-fall on draft day. A motivated future Hall of Famer that has stayed in great shape, Moss may have something left in the tank. The reason David Akers had a historic year kicking the ball last year was the sputtering red zone offense. Sounds like a job Moss can solve.
He’s undersized and injury prone but Moore plays in a highly active passing game. Robert Meachem left for San Diego which opens up more opportunities for a receiver the Saints like to use out of the slot and in the red zone. Moore was highly efficient when targeted by Drew Brees last year, converting 52 of his 72 targets into receptions. Even though he’s still behind Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham and even Darren Sproles in the pecking order, Moore has scored eight or more touchdowns in three of the last four seasons.
Since Dwayne Bowe has yet to report to camp Baldwin is getting a look as the No. 1 wide receiver. Baldwin is a physical freak but didn’t see much action as a rookie after breaking his hand fighting a teammate. Matt Cassel doesn’t bring much at quarterback and will be handing the ball off to Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis a lot but there’s some potential here for Baldwin.
Brian Quick, Danny Amendola
Coming off a high ankle sprain that plagued him for much of 2011, Sam Bradford needs to stay healthy and get his wide receivers to step their game up. Taken in the second round of the draft, Quick is a 6’4” target that faces very little competition on the No. 1 WR gig. Amendola quietly caught 85 balls in 2010 but suffered a dislocated elbow in the season opener last year. Now back to full strength Amendola is locked into the slot with another chance to evolve into Wes Welker lite.