Recycling someone else’s trash is not a formula for long-term success. If it was, the city of Detroit wouldn’t be littered with homeless people wearing ripped jackets and teal Pistons hats.
Yet there are times when someone’s curbside pickup is better than anything in your living room. In terms of football, and the Detroit Lions, recently waived wide receiver Chris Chambers fits this metaphor.
Detroit’s current core of wide receivers is horrible. On a scale of one to happy hour at Cheetah's strip club, it ranks as a two.
Sure, Calvin Johnson is great. But even when healthy, he draws so much attention from defenses it is hard for him to be consistently productive. He needs help, and the Lions have no other options in the passing game.
Dennis Northcutt can’t catch a ball. Bryant Johnson has not had the breakout year Martin Mayhew predicted. Derrick Williams appears to have no future as a pass catching threat, and John Standeford is not going to be the next white receiver to become a household name.
If Matthew Stafford is going to continue to develop and make positive strides this season, the Lions need to give him another target. Coincidentally, Chris Chambers needs a job.
Why not take a flier on a guy who has had success in the NFL?
A three-receiver set of Calvin and Bryant Johnson along with Chambers would give Detroit a respectable receiving core. It would also give Stafford a chance to move the ball downfield. It’s not like Detroit can rely on the running game to move the chains.
Although, to his credit, nobody works harder for 40 yards than Kevin Smith. Watching Smith try to gain positive yardage is like watching one of those out-of-shape car salesmen try to complete an obstacle course on ABC’s Wipeout. I just can’t help but feel bad for the guy.
If the Lions sign Chambers, he instantly becomes the second best receiver on the team. He won’t be a long-term solution to the Lions abundance of problems, but he can help the situation this season.
The best way to go about getting Chambers is to wait until he clears waivers. Once he clears waivers, Chambers can sign with any team, and the Chargers are still obligated to pay him the rest of his contract for this season. The Lions, assuming Chambers won’t have a long line of potential buyers, could greatly improve their receiving core for close to league’s minimum salary.