DT Nick Fairley, wideout Titus Young and Mikel LeShoure were all amazing value picks for the Lions and have all had injury issues for this campaign. They absolutely need some return on Young this year – as Burleson does not test safeties deep – but none of them fill the holes they had going into this season: LB, CB and SS. They added MLB Stephen Tulloch, got CB Justin Houston back healthy and added CB Eric Wright.
Now, with the Lions claiming Chris Harris on waivers, they may have fallen into a dream scenario: filling their last need – all apologies to Amari Spievey, who still needs some improvement – with a player who gets the chance to get healthy and acclimated this week and during the two weeks of the bye, as they fight to maintain a postseason spot. Harris will play – though no one knows if he’ll start – in the game against the Bears at Soldier Field in three Sundays.
Harris brings smarts, locker room leadership, good tackling and good discipline. Safeties are often given a larger responsibility in Chicago, so this could be a good situation for him. He was cut because the Bears needed safeties who are more athletic, but Chris Harris was a starter on the team that finished a game away from the Super Bowl in the NFC. He had 5 interceptions returned for 69 yards, two fumble recoveries, 7 passes defensed and 50 tackles for 2010. He has been slowed by injury but will have three weeks to get ready.
If the Lions can knock off the inferior Broncos on the road, they’ll enter the bye with a great chance of using a dominant pass rush and improved secondary to sweep the Bears.