Lions Urged To Trade For Former First-Round Wide Receiver

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The Detroit Lions lost wide receiver Josh Reynolds to free agency this offseason, leaving them somewhat thin at the position behind Amon-Ra St. Brown.

Right now, Jameson Williams is penciled in as the Lions’ No. 2 receiver, and while he was the 12th overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft and clearly has potential, he is vastly unproven.

Injuries and a gambling suspension have prevented Williams from getting on the field all that much over his first couple of seasons, as he has played in a grand total of 18 games while logging just 25 catches.

It should be noted that he caught 24 passes for 354 yards and a couple of touchdowns this past season, and much of that production came late in the year. So, Williams could be starting to progress.

However, whether or not Detroit can actually count on him to produce in 2024 is up for debate.

That’s why some feel that the Lions should go in search of some more depth at wide out, and Mike Payton of A to Z Sports thinks they should pursue a trade for Tennessee Titans former first-round pick Treylon Burks.

To say that Burks has been a disappointment would be putting it lightly.

The University of Arkansas product was selected by the Titans with the 18th overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, but went on to play in only 11 games during his rookie campaign due to injuries. During that time, he snared 33 balls for 444 yards and a touchdown. He was even less productive in 2023, finishing with 16 receptions for 221 yards and another 11 contests.

Tennessee signed both Calvin Ridley and Tyler Boyd in free agency, giving the club a formidable receiving trio that also includes DeAndre Hopkins. That isn’t good news for Burks, who was already sliding down the depth chart to begin with.

Payton suggests that the Lions make a play for Burks and argues that his paltry output may be more of a result of the Titans’ offensive scheme and quarterback situation rather than anything on his own end.

Burks certainly seems like a trade candidate at this point, and he probably wouldn’t cost too much. Detroit may be able to pry him away from Tennessee for a late-round draft pick.

The Lions were known for their high-octane offense last season, so Burks may be able to fit right in.

We’ll see if Detroit decides to make a move for Burks—or any other receivers—in the coming weeks.

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