Wide receiver Kenny Golladay gives Detroit Lions another big weapon
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
ALLEN PARK — Kenny Golladay is making quite an impression on his fellow receivers in Detroit.
The second-year wideout had four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Lions’ 31-23 victory over Green Bay. He also had a touchdown called back because of a penalty.
Golladay has given Detroit another strong receiving threat along with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones — and at this point, it’s hard to tell who the defense should be most concerned with.
“Having Kenny play the way he’s been playing since he came on the team has been huge. He’s opened it up for everybody,” Tate said. “Now we have a bunch of guys who can make plays.”
The Lions drafted Golladay in the third round last year out of Northern Illinois, and he got off to quite a start, catching two touchdown passes in his first game.
However, he missed five games with hamstring issues and finished the season with only 28 catches.
Still, the potential was there, and this year the 6-foot-4 Golladay has nearly matched that reception total already. He has 27 catches for 428 yards. On the Lions, only Tate is ahead of him in those categories.
“He’s killing it,” Jones said. “He’s doing a great job, and it’s fun to see.”
Golladay has been productive this season, and he’s also been consistent. He caught seven passes for 114 yards in the season opener against the Jets and was one of the very few bright spots for Detroit in that loss. He’s had at least four receptions in all five games.
The 5-foot-10 Tate is a dependable veteran who can excel after the catch. Both he and the 6-foot-2 Jones had more than 1,000 yards receiving last season. But it’s hard not to notice Golladay’s physical ability and wonder if Detroit’s passing game could be even better as he becomes a bigger part of it.
“He’s obviously a big kid, physical kid, can run, wants to be a really good player,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said after the game against Green Bay.