Much has been made of the different look the Lions will feature on offense this season after the additions of rookie RB Jahvid Best, WR Nate Burleson and TE Tony Scheffler, as well as the return of TE Brandon Pettigrew from injury.
All of a sudden, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has a lot something to work with.
The addition of Scheffler might have been the most unheralded of the moves. Taking a closer look at how the Lions will use the tight ends, Scheffler (a skilled receiver) and Pettigrew (a tough blocker) appear to be ideal compliments. The Lions have been using a lot of two tight end sets during camp, according to Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, to take advantage of their personnel. McCosky notes the Lions have used Scheffler in a multitude of formations, sometimes tight on the line, sometimes in the slot and sometimes out wide.
That description immediately brings to mind how the Colts use TE Dallas Clark.
There’s a lot to like about the addition of Scheffler, and his presence in the middle of the field, along with Pettigrew, will help keep teams from rolling coverages to Calvin Johnson.
Things may have gotten a lot easier for Matthew Stafford.