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 much-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 that Tate 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.
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.
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