Burleson ready to return: The Detroit Lions are getting a boost in their search for a No. 2 receiver to line up alongside Calvin Johnson. Veteran wideout Nate Burleson is returning from a broken leg that ended his season after six games, but he says he’ll be 100 percent by the time training camp rolls around. That’s a positive for a team that had just 99 receptions from wide receivers not known as Megatron. If he’s healthy, Burleson is nearly a lock for 60-70 receptions and can be a quality pick off the waiver wire in a pass-happy offense. There is certainly a chance he’ll be pushed by Ryan Broyles, but bank on the veteran to win the No. 2 job in camp.
Rams have a lot in store for Cook: In case you haven’t caught on, the new offensive buzzword in the NFL is “multiple”. That now applies to St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook. Head coach Jeff Fisher says the team plans to line Cook up in multiple spots in the offense — including the backfield. What this means for a player who has never broken the 50-reception threshold remains to be seen. The tight end position isn’t particularly deep, but we’ll wait to see how Cook is actually used before we go gaga over this news.
Chandler ahead of schedule: It’s becoming a familiar refrain, but another player is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a major knee injury. Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler could be ready for the start of training camp instead of the original target, which was the start of the regular season. Chandler was the second-most targeted pass-catcher for the Bills last season, making 43 grabs in 74 chances. Then again, that was under a different coach with a different quarterback. How he fares with Kevin Kolb throwing the football in Doug Marrone’s offense could be something altogether different.
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