The Detroit Lions offense is a walking enigma.
After electrifying the NFL last season, the Lions have been everything short of that in 2012. Quarterback Matthew Stafford was looking to build off his record season in 2011 and take full control of the franchise. Stafford has been out of sync almost every game. He, along with the rest of his offense, doesn't play up to his full potential until the second half.
Superstar Calvin Johnson is 10th in the league with 592 receiving yards, but he's been held in check with only one touchdown through six games. Opponents continue to double Megatron every play and keep two high safeties to take away the big play.
The Lions are the worst in the NFL with 19 dropped passes. Mikel Leshoure seems promising but has been up and down since his Week 3 debut.
Now in reversing the expression, the Lions have added injury to an insulting season. Veteran Nate Burleson is out for the season with a leg injury. Burleson's absence adds up to bigger roles for rookie Ryan Broyles and second-year wideout Titus Young, who has been disappointing so far.
The Lions signed former second-round wideout Brian Robiskie yesterday for depth. Robiskie was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2009. After being waived in 2011, the Jacksonville Jaguars claimed him then released him during the season.
Robiskie has only caught 39 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns going into his fourth season.
The Lions found help in the wrong place.
Detroit is in need of proven and consistent help. The Lions could have acquired that in free agent Plaxico Burress.
Burress had a one-year trial run with the New York Jets last season. The veteran receiver picked caught only 45 passes for 612 yards, but excelled where the Lions currently struggle. Burress hauled in eight touchdowns last year for the Jets. Seven of those scores were caught in the red zone.
The Lions have struggled immensely in the red zone with a 47 percent touchdown rate. Not only have they struggled within 20 yards, but Detroit as a whole has failed to move the ball efficiently. The Monday night game against Chicago was a prime example as the Lions failed to convert a first down in the entire first half.
Burress, at 35 years of age, isn't the same downfield threat he used to be, but he's always been a reliable possession target. Signing a 6'4" Robiskie shows the Lions wanted a receiver with size. A 6'5" Burress fills that desire.
Burress used to be known as a locker room cancer with a selfish attitude. However, Burress isn't Randy Moss, Terrell Owens or Chad Johnson. Burress has been humbled since his release from prison after his handgun incident in 2008. With a dysfunctional team like the New York Jets, Burress wasn't much of a head-case as his teammates. He was productive and stayed out of trouble.
Being 35-years-old could possibly backfire on Burress, especially since he's been on the market since the offseason. Fortunately, teams aren't in high demand of his services, meaning he could be a cheap bargain. A one-year deal wouldn't break the Lions and could do wonders for a struggling offense if Burress adds power to the red-zone attack.
There aren't much expectations for Robiskie coming to the Lions.
Robiskie was a low-risk signing, but there's no clear sight of how he'll perform in Detroit. Burress is a proven, reliable target who couldn't have lost much of a step. The Lions needed a sure spark for their offense, which could have come from the former Spartan.