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Starters: Calvin Johnson/Nate Burleson
There's no doubt in the mind of anyone that Calvin Johnson will be the Lions' top offensive weapon in 2012.
Not only will he be the starting wide receiver for the Lions but he'll also probably be the starting wide receiver for the 2012 All-Pro team. I don't feel the need to explain this further, so if you still have doubts, just stare at Johnson's 2011 stats for a while.
Nate Burleson is the one who might raise a bit of doubt.
There are certainly two things that would seem to challenge Burleson's starting position with the Lions: One is the Lions' salary cap, the other is Titus Young.
Burleson has popped up a bit recently as a potential player the Lions could cut to save some money under the salary cap. But the Lions have squashed that possibility, which all but guarantees Burleson to be on the roster in 2012.
But then there's Titus Young, the talented young receiver who just about matched Burleson's production last season. Young's upside makes him far more valuable to the Lions in the long term than Burleson, and there's no doubt he will benefit greatly from having a full offseason with the team.
That said, I don't believe Young has passed Burleson on the depth chart just yet. It's hard to say since the two players have completely different skill sets, and it's even possible that, by the season's end, Young will have more impressive numbers than Burleson.
But as of the season's opening, I don't see the Lions having more trust in Young than they do in Burleson. Neither are terribly consistent, but Burleson is a team leader and far more technically sound than Young.
Of course, the ideal situation is for them all to start (Johnson and Young on the wings, Burleson in the slot). But that hasn't panned out yet, and I'm figuring starters in terms of the 21 personnel package (two backs, one TE), so there simply isn't room for that.