Marty shakes up receivers, claims Jacquez Green

Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg mentioned during Monday's press conference that the receiving corps would be addressed after a lousy performance the previous day. He wasn't kidding. On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions announced a series of moves, all in effort to increase the production of his wideouts.

(ALLEN PARK, MI) -- Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg told the media on Monday that he put a lot of thought into his receiving corps poor performance, and what he planned to do about it. He wasn't kidding.

The Lions announced a series of moves by Mornhinweg that ought to bolster the production of the Lions wideouts. First, Detroit announced that Germane Crowell would get the start at the "X" receiver spot previously occupied by Bill Schroeder. Crowell would be starting for the first time in two years.

"It's not really a change," said Mornhinweg. "It appears that Germane will start and Bill will be the third guy. All of our receivers have got to catch the ball and it's as simple as that. Germane's knees are feeling just a little bit better and it's a good opportunity for him."

Schroeder issued a statement through Lions media on his performance and state of mind.

"That was one of the most embarrassing days of my career. I completely let this team down. You always want to play your best every week and especially against your old team. I need to get back to the way I was playing when we played against New Orleans. That was the way that I know how to play. I have not played to that potential since then."

Detroit also announced that they were placing oft-injured wide reciever/kick returner Desmond Howard on the injured reserve list finishing his season. Howard has been plagued by a number of injuries, the most bizarre was a concussion while celebrating a long kick return against the New Orleans Saints. Defensive end Robert Porcher gave Howard the customary head slap players give each other after a great play and Howard fell to the earth, writhing in pain.

"Desmond (Howard) is a heck of a football player, there is no doubt about it - he was playing at a high level," Mornhinweg continued. "He's battled through problems with his neck basically the past two weeks. He's had a tough year injury-wise. He's been beat up and there is concern about his neck. He was having difficulties making it through games.

"We had a great discussion with him last night because he means a lot to this football team. We placed him on Injured Reserve and he will remain here for rehab. There were no questions about him staying involved with this team. It is important to Desmond and the team for him to be around because he is a leader. He is still playing at a high level and he looks forward to returning."

Howard was disappointed but felt the move was for the best. "My neck has caused me several problems throughout the season and it has not got better to the point where I am totally comfortable with it. I think that anytime that you are dealing with a neck injury that you always have to be cautious and careful because there is that potential for damage."

Detroit then announced the signing of wide receiver Jacquez Green. Green was drafted in the second-round by (34th overall) the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Green spent four seasons in Tampa and accumulated 157 receptions for 2,217 yards and seven touchdowns. His best season came during the 1999 campaign in which he finished with 56 receptions for 791 yards and three
touchdowns.

Green was released last week by the Washington Redskins.


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