With the addition of rookie wide receiver Charles Rogers, the Lions are thinking their receiving corps will be far more productive than it was a year ago when Bill Schroeder and Az-Zahir Hakim were battling through their first year with a new team, battling injuries and trying to get comfortable with then-rookie quarterback Joey Harrington.
"It was bad," Schroeder said. "You can't get in a rhythm with the quarterback when you're not practicing all the time. It was tough on him and it was tough on us."
Schroeder missed just two games but was less than 100 percent most of the season because of groin, ribs, ankle and hamstring injuries. And Hakim missed the final six games after suffering a severely dislocated left hip.
Hakim seems to have made a complete comeback from his injury and Schroeder is healthy again, and with Rogers being slotted in the Z (flanker) position, both Hakim (slot) and Schroeder (X) will be back in the jobs where they feel most comfortable.