Lions cut WR Brian Robiskie
Nate Robiskie’s release shows that the Detroit Lions have confidence in Nate Burleson rehabilitation following a leg injury last season.
Signed by the Detroit Lions on Oct. 24 to add depth to the receiving corps after Nate Burleson was placed on the season-ending injured reserve with a broken leg, Brian Robiskie caught four passes for 44 yards, while appearing in six games. The 36-year-old Nate Robiskie also had a single touchdown last season, in the Detroit Lions’ season finale against the Chicago Bears.
With receivers Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles and Mike Thomas already on the Detroit Lions’ roster, Nate Robiskie was already a long shot to make the team’s 53-man final roster. The Detroit Lions could still go for a fifth outside receiver in the draft as they have done in the previous seasons by signing an extra receiver primarily for special teams.
The Detroit Lions now have 12 receivers on the roster competing for playing time. At least seven of them are slot receivers, including starter Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles, Devin Thomas, Mike Thomas and Devin Thomas. Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions have five wide outs left – Calvin Johnson, Patrick Edwards, Terrence Austin, Kris Durham and Dominique Curry, following the exit of Brian Robiskie. So, the Detroit Lions could also be looking at wide outs at some point in the draft.
The Detroit Lions have already hosted three draft-prospect receivers, including USC's Robert Woods and Tennessee teammates Cordarrelle Patterson as well as Justin Hunter. Later next week, the Detroit Lions also have a visit planned with West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin.
A former second-round pick (2009 NFL draft) by the Cleveland Browns, Brian Robiskie played three seasons for the team, hauling in 43 passes for 485 yards and four touchdowns, with 14 career starts during the stretch. However, he was waived by the Detroit Lions in 2011, and claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, with whom Brian Robiskie predominantly remained on the practice squad. It wasn’t until Brain Robiskie signed with the Detroit Lions that he played a game for an NFL team again.