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 Ask Vic: Battling for offseason superiority 
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Post Ask Vic: Battling for offseason superiority

Vic Carriuci
What do you think will be the long-term effect, if any, of the Lions drafting a wide receiver first in the past three drafts?
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The long-term (and perhaps even short-term) effect should be a highly productive passing game.

Steve Mariucci and the Lions have given Joey Harrington a lot of help the past few years.

The combination of the most recent No. 1 choice in Detroit, Mike Williams, and the 2004 top pick, Roy Williams, is enough to give the Lions one of the most effective receiving duos in the league. If 2003 first-rounder Charles Rogers could finally stay healthy enough to play a single season, and new tight end Marcus Pollard contributes as effectively as he did in Indianapolis, they have the chance to field the NFL's most dominant passing attack.

Of course, all of the receiving talent in the world won't matter if Joey Harrington doesn't consistently perform as the top-flight quarterback the Lions (and most of the rest of the NFL) expected when they made him the third overall pick of the '02 draft. With Harrington taking full advantage of what could easily be an extraordinary group of pass-catchers (as well as a nice pass-catching running back in Kevin Jones), I think you will see the wisdom of investing those first-round picks in receivers.

June 24th, 2005, 10:53 pm
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Post Re: Ask Vic: Battling for offseason superiority
Vic Carriuci wrote:
they have the chance to field the NFL's most dominant passing attack.

That is a very bold statement given the record setting performace of Indy's passing game last year. I could understand him saying "one of the most" but "the NFL's most dominant" passing attack??? I'd take that however with KJ and the ground game.

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