From a roster standpoint, the Detroit Lions' top priority this offseason is pretty clear: get Calvin Johnson some help at wide receiver. The Lions are lacking both talent and depth at the wide receiver position, especially after releasing Nate Burleson last week. Johnson is the best wide receiver in all of football, but there's just not much else at the position right now, as evidenced by how much the offense struggled in the two games Johnson missed last season.
This offseason, the Lions need to add at least a couple wide receivers to take some of the pressure off Johnson. New Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is well aware of this, and he made it clear on Thursday at the NFL Combine that the team plans to "take a real strong look" at wide receivers this offseason. Via NFLDraftScout.com:
"I think it's something obviously that we have to really take a real strong look at, obviously, because of the fact that he's one that's going to draw a little extra attention in terms of double coverage like he's always done. And with that being the case, we have to find a way to make certain whoever's on the other side that may be getting singled in some situations can do some damage against the defenders. I think that's extremely important, so I think that's something that obviously we've taken a good hard look at and one way or another we're going to come up with a guy that's going to give us some balance in that area."
It will be interesting to see how the Lions approach the wide receiver position this offseason. The expectation is that they will sign at least one veteran free agent, but it remains to be seen if they will have enough cap space to target someone like Eric Decker. It will also be interesting to see what they do in the draft, especially if an opportunity to trade up for Sammy Watkins presents itself.
At this point, all we really know is that the Lions are planning to overhaul the non-Calvin Johnson portion of the wide receiver depth chart. It's unclear how they will go about upgrading their talent at this position, but they are well aware that they can't go into the 2014 season with someone like Kris Durham serving as their No. 2 wide receiver again.