Golladay secured six of nine targets for 89 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the 49ers. Golladay scored the first touchdown of the game by exploiting a 49ers defensive miscommunication that left the receiver by himself down the left sidelines. He possibly could've had another score had quarterback Matthew Stafford found him wide open on a failed third-down pass later on in the game. Nonetheless, Golladay has now seen 21 targets through two weeks -- compared to 28 for Golden Tate and 17 for Marvin Jones -- and he could realistically continue to see high target totals if the Lions continue to fall behind early in games, something that is rather likely to occur when the Patriots come to town Week 3.
Golladay caught seven of 12 targets for 114 yards in Monday night's 48-17 loss to the Jets. Golladay's first game of his second season resulted in his first career 100-yard performance. In fact, prior to Monday, Golladay hadn't topped four receptions, eight targets, or 80 yards in his young career. For good measure, he also saved Matthew Stafford by forcing and recovering a fumble immediately after his quarterback threw an interception. Despite it coming in a blowout defeat, Golladay's showing certainly works to justify the hype surrounding him this season. Only Golden Tate was targeted more (15 times), yet the 6-4, 213-pound Golladay comfortably outgained him in his seven receptions, making him one of very few bright spots for Detroit in Week 1.
Golladay caught one of five targets for 36 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Buccaneers. The Lions opened in a two-TE formation with Marvin Jones and Golden Tate as the starting wideouts, but Golladay actually drew the most targets from Matthew Stafford, including a big gain that nearly went for a touchdown and an incompletion near the goal line. With their shaky group of tight ends potentially getting even weaker after Luke Willson (knee) left Friday's game, the Lions shouldn't have too much trouble finding targets for all three of Golladay, Jones and Tate. Detroit has a favorable Week 1 matchup against the Jets on Monday Night Football.
Golladay got the start in Friday's preseason game against the Giants and caught two of three targets for 13 yards. The Lions opened the game in a two-receiver set with Golladay split out wide opposite Marvin Jones -- which is notable since Golden Tate was healthy enough to see action Friday. It'll be interesting to see if this becomes a trend in the Lions third preseason game next Friday against the Buccaneers. With the team expected to have a significantly improved rushing attack over last year's 32nd-ranked unit -- in an offense that used three-receiver sets roughly three-fourths of the time -- it wouldn't be a huge surprise if two-receiver looks became more commonplace in Detroit in 2018. While Golladay isn't necessarily a lock to continue playing over Tate, it's worth noting the latter remains without a contract extension in the last year of his current deal, while Golladay is entering his second season after the Lions invested a third-round pick in him last spring.
Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said Golladay will be a big part of the passing game and has the ability to do special things, Tim Twentyman of the team's official website reports. A third-round pick last year, Golladay was at his best in the first and last games of his rookie season, combining to catch six passes for 149 yards and three scores in that pair of contests. He was limited to 22 catches for 328 yards and no scores in his other nine appearances, and he missed five games while recovering from a Week 3 hamstring injury. The Lions did retain restricted free agent T.J. Jones (shoulder) this offseason, but they didn't add any wide receivers of note in free agency or the draft. Golladay is left with a clear path to the No. 3 wideout role, after splitting the job with Jones throughout last season. It's a role that could take on added importance after the Lions lost tight ends Eric Ebron (86 targets, four TDs) and Darren Fells (26 targets, three TDs) in the offseason. The team's free-agent acquisitions at tight end, Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo, have combined for 163 receptions in 151 career games.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||New England Patriots||24||29.00|
|5||10/07||Green Bay Packers||28||32.00|
|13||12/02||Los Angeles Rams||1||4.00|
|17||12/30||@Green Bay Packers||28||32.00|
|3 Year Avg||48||28||477||3||18||17.04||65|