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 contest. 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.
Golladay brought in two of three passes for 80 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 35-11 victory over Green Bay.
Golladay made the most of his limited opportunities Sunday and finished with a new career high in receiving yardage before game's end. His biggest play came on a 54-yard bomb in the second quarter that saw him collect his third touchdown of the year, but he also made a fantastic 26-yard grab down the right sideline later on. In what has been a promising rookie season for the 2017 third-rounder, Golladay has shown to be a massive weapon down the field who has caught more passes of 40-plus yards in one season than any other Lions receiver not named Calvin Johnson (since 2000). He'll enter the offseason firmly entrenched as the No. 3 option behind Marvin Jones and Golden Tate.
Golladay caught four of eight targets for 29 yards during Sunday's 26-17 loss to the Bengals.
Golladay saw the second-most snaps in the receiving corps (61 out of 64) -- behind Marvin Jones (64) and ahead of Golden Tate (52) -- for the third consecutive game. However, Tate is averaging 4.7 receptions for 44 yards on 6.7 targets per game over this stretch, compared to a 3.7/24.7/5.7 stat line for Golladay, which suggests the rookie remains No. 3 on the depth chart. These snares await a Week 17 matchup with a Packers defense that's allowed the sixth-most touchdowns to wideouts in 2017.
Golladay caught four of five targets for 29 yards during Sunday's 20-10 victory over the Bears.
Golladay marginally out-snapped Golden Tate for a second consecutive game Sunday, which is an interesting development but not one that suggests Golladay is overtaking the veteran for heightened slotting on the depth chart. In fact, it's possible the Lions have simply deployed more offensive packages that included Golladay instead of Tate, just based on how the past two games have unfolded. Whatever the situation may truly be, it's clear that Detroit is growing confident in their promising third-round rookie.
Golladay brought in three of four targets for 17 yards while rushing once for nine yards during Sunday's 24-21 victory over Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers were seemingly Golladay's softest matchup since the deep threat returned from a hamstring injury in Week 10, yet this was the only opponent from that window against which he didn't record a 30-plus-yard reception. On the bright side, the rookie was given a look in the run game for the first time all season, though it's not a guarantee he'll continue seeing work in that department going forward. Golladay will proceed into Week 15 as a high-ceiling, low-floor play with a matchup against a Bears secondary allowing 10.9 yards per reception, which is about league-average.