Newly acquired WR Dennis Northcutt is excited to be playing up North again. After a stint with the Jaguars, Northcutt was moved to the Lions last week in a deal that will see him likely be the number three wide out for the Lions in the 2009 season.
Some would think that coming to the Lions would be like a punishment since they were 0-16 last season, but as far as Northcutt is concerned, he’s excited about the opportunity to play and make a statement that he’s got game left in his veteran body.
“I’m excited,” Northcutt told the Detroit Free Press. “I feel like the Lions went out and won the Super Bowl last year, for real. I’m just excited about playing this game for a team that wants me and came out and got me.”
The early indications is that Northcutt will play as the three WR behind starters Calvin Johnson and Bryant Johnson. Some reports have him playing the slot wide out, a position Northcutt says he has no problem playing for the Lions.
“I think that’s one of the biggest reasons they brought me in was to get in the slot,” Northcutt said. “Obviously that’s my biggest strength. That’s has been my biggest strength through my nine years of playing in the NFL is working the slot. That’s where I’ve made my money basically.”
The Lions hope that he’ll earn his money with a big 2009 for a club that needs all the confidence they can get trying to get back to being even a competitive bunch again.