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Lions sign WR Chaz Schilens

Posted by ttwentyman on July 24, 2013 – 2:11 pm

Chaz SchilensThe Lions and receiver Chaz Schilens agreed to terms on a new one-year contract Tuesday after the five-year veteran worked out for the team at their Allen Park headquarters.

Schilens, 27, played for the New York Jets last season. In 15 games, he caught 28 passes for 289 yards and two scores.

He spent his first four seasons with the Raiders and has 100 career catches for 1,191 yards and nine touchdowns.

Schilens is a big body (6-4, 225) on the outside opposite Calvin Johnson. The Lions have been on the lookout for an outside receiver all offseason. They drafted Corey Fuller in the sixth round of April’s NFL Draft and dabbled in the free agent market.

Schilens will join Johnson, Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson in the rotation of pass catchers heading into the start of training camp on Friday.

He’ll have competition for that spot, though, with Fuller, Patrick Edwards, Mike Thomas and others.

The team was also considering signing Laurent Robinson and Steve Breaston.

The Lions are now at a complete, 90-man roster.


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19 Responses to “Lions sign WR Chaz Schilens”

  1. By Kasey on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply

    This man is most famous for being offended when Antonio Cromartie implied that he was a better receiver than Schilens… I hope the Lions have better talent than this guy… I’d rather see Patty Edwards out there to know what we have in him. Or my boy Devin Thomas from Michigan State.

  2. By Brad on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply

    Brandon Lloyd is still available. Why haven’t we gone after him if we were intent on signing more WR’s. I have been saying this ever since the Pats released him but everyone always comments back something about Broyles. Which is fine when and if he stays healthy. I have all the faith in the world for Broyles and hope he just goes beast mode but Lloyd would be a great #2 fit right away. This would leave Burleson in the slot for sure, where he belongs, and would give us the depth we need. I am not saying he is a super star solution but rather he fills a need in the wide out with his particular skill set. After all he is 32 but could be attained pretty cheaply I assume.

  3. By Soulman45 on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply

    Corey Fuller will be the 4th “WO” for the Lions this is just someone for the “DBs”to run aganist.

  4. By nighttrain1 on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Why did the Pats release him is the thing that scares me, the Pats are an elite team, if he was still an elite player he would still be with them since they just lost Welker, so just maybe the Lions know something we don’t.

  5. By kalvin nelson on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    I think the lions where looking all the time for a big body rec. that also is tall. Matt knows how too throw the ball up going down field too a rec. He has been doing it with Calvin for years. But than again I don’t think Brandon would be a bad choice either. I think the lions thought about it and desided that they could get more years and size out of Chaz. Go Lions

  6. By Black Wolf Standing on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think Chaz will be able to even make the team. Just look at his record. For a WR averaging just 28 catches a season AND not completing seasons, it’s just seems like a train wreck waiting to happen.

    My hats are off for management trying to find diamonds, but this looks like glass to me.

  7. By Shane Fountain on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    LOyd was released because of behavioral issues and we dont need that in detroit u know if the pats cut them for behavior and character issues then we dam sure dot want them especially knowing that Belichick is such a hard ass on his demands of talent !!! i think schilens is going to be fine he is a big body and can grab the ball what u all seem to be forgetting is this defenses always double tema Megatron !! thus opening up other recoievers for catches and yards !!! Schilens makes the teamand shares playing time with broyles and that kid they drafted this year watch and see

  8. By Billy on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    I think Chaz was an awesome pick up he’s never had a good qb to throw to him and he’s has the opportunity to contribute with a rotating receiving core like the DT rotation. It just makes it that much better. Mike Thomas is small burleson is small broyles is small so we need an experienced WR on the outside who can be a possession guy. I mean come on I think this guy could do some good if he didn’t have Jamarcus russel, mark Sanchez, and Jason Campbell, stafford is a 100% better than these guys so Chaz could be a great diamond in the rough.

  9. By nighttrain1 on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    I watched the video of Chaz Chilens and I can see why he never had a monster year. First thing that jumps out at you is, throughout the entire video he never caught a pass in stride, he was diving, jumping, or reaching backward to catch the passes that his came his way. also he was not afraid to go across the middle,plus he made a lot of great catches because none of the passes were right on target. His stats make it seem like he’s just a so-so receiver, in his time in the NFL he never had a QB that could hit him in stride like Stafford can. For his career he had one year where the offense he played for (Raiders) was ranked 11th in passing, all of the other years they were ranked 29th through 32nd in passing, that also included the Jets. If this guy gets passes from Stafford in stride, I think he will be the perfect compliment to CJ.

  10. By Black Wolf Standing on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    @nighttrain1, Hog wash. Megatron was catching balls without Stafford just fine. And look at Burleson’s stats before the Lions. A good QB can help. But the talent must first be there. He’s a pro. So there must be a little talent to catch the ball. But I stress a little.

    I just watch a highlight video of Megatron and Burleson with Stafford passing the ball. And do you know what? Not one single catch between the both of them did either of them catch the ball in stride. Some of the best catches I seen was spinning both of them around to catch balls thrown behind them. And then there are the high balls thrown to Megatron in which the way the defenders were positioned, the ball could of have been thrown lower to give Megatron a chance to make a move after catching the ball. Not quite the pin point precision you depict.

  11. By herman moore on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Look who he’s had for QBs–JaMarcus Russell, Jason Campbell, Carson Palmer, and Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez. It’s tough to soar like an eagle when you work with turkeys.

    This guy could be a stud and nobody would know it.

  12. By Tom Dykema on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    His 40 yard speed was 4.38 which is pretty fast for a 6’4″ 225 pound guy. He could help when the defense has to use a shorter defender as the taller defenders are on CJ.

  13. By NJ Lions Fan on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Living in NYC area seen him many times. Don’t rate him on his time with Sanchez. He never hit anyone in stride.

  14. By truelionsfan 30 on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Lions should trade for WR Kenny Britt. I think he would be a good number 2 WR with Broyles an Burleson in the slot.

    1. Megatron
    2. Britt
    3. Broyles
    4. Burleson
    5. Schilens
    6. Edwards

    An lions could put rookie WR Fuller on practice squad.

  15. By Eric on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Well you can’t really go to much off his stats look at the QBs throwing to him: Jarmarcus Russell, Jason Campbell, and Mark Sanchez…pretty much garbage on horrible teams

  16. By nighttrain1 on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Black Wolf, are you telling me that Stafford is not a good QB??You have never seen Stafford hit CJ in stride or any of the other receivers?? Last year a lot of Stafford’s passes were rushed because of the weak offensive line blockers, but Nobody throws for 10,000 yards in 2 years without hitting their target.Last year, Stafford almost threw for 5,000 yards again, throwing to mostly back-up receivers, that’s hitting his target. No QB ever makes only pinpoint passes, every receiver sometimes have to jump or dive for the ball, but the good QB’s keep that stuff at a minimum, and that’s what Stafford does.
    Look at the QB’s Chaz had throwing to him, that’s why the teams he was on ranked 29th and worst in passing. As lousy as the Lions were last year, they was nowhere near 29th in passing, and this year, with a offensive line that can protect him better, unless the run game really takes off, Stafford’s numbers will set new standards.

  17. By Mike Barnett on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Nighttrain1 and Herman, you guys are right Matt can get the ball to his WRs. And a WR needs a QB that can get him the ball, how do throw for back to back 5000 yards and your offense ranked #3. I think Black Wolf, is a Black Sheep, a want a be Lions Fan!!!!!

  18. By Mike Barnett on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Im sorry, “WELCOME TO DETROIT’ Chaz, win you a spot.

  19. By Darren Hensley on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    I think they should bring in randy moss for a interview.He has changed his attitude on the field and most of all as a person. He don’t run his mouth that much any more just dose what he is told to help the team win. I think with Randy and Calvin on the out sides as deep threats Nate and Ryan will tear the middle of the field up.

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