In addition to the fact that TE Tony Scheffler appears genuinely excited to play for the Lions, the team is happy with the offensive situation it built prior to the draft. Calvin Johnson too often was on an island last season, and GM Martin Mayhew said repeatedly that Johnson needed help. They got it with WR Nate Burleson, and now they get a seam stretcher with Scheffler. The uncertainly during the rehabilitation of TE Brandon Pettigrew and the retirement of Casey FitzSimmons made this trade a no-brainer in the Lions' minds. Having not only perimeter options but also an inside threat to keep safeties honest makes QB Matthew Stafford that much more dangerous. Our sources tell us not to read too much into Pettigrew's situation and that he remains on schedule to return. Scheffler has specific receiving skills that Pettigrew simply doesn't possess.
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