10 QUESTIONS WITH TWENTYMAN: Who will lead the Lions in receiving?

Every week during the regular season Tim Twentyman will answer 10 good questions from his Twitter account @ttwentyman in a feature we call "10 Questions with Twentyman."

20man: It’s actually not as long as you think. Reggie Bush (1,006) did it in 2013. Before that, it was quite a stretch -- Kevin Jones (1,133) in 2004.

I believe Abdullah is going to surprise some people this year. I’m a big believer in his talents, and if he stays healthy, 1,000 yards should be a baseline goal. The Lions are much improved upfront as a run-blocking unit, and Abdullah should get 200-plus carries.

He’s a pretty motivated individual, and he’s out to prove he can be a premier back in this league.

20man: Ciao. I wouldn’t get too caught up in the third linebacker spot. In actuality, the Lions are in the nickel 60 percent of the time, if not more, which means the third linebacker plays less than half of the snaps.

Worrilow is an experienced veteran, who this coaching staff obviously trusts. That being said, I saw the same things in regards to Reeves-Maybin in the preseason you did. His speed can really be a factor. For a team that wanted to get faster on that side of the ball this offseason, that might be hard to ignore after too long.

20man: Well, Ansah is still a limited participant in practice this week with a knee injury that kept him out all of training camp. I don’t think it’s fair to expect Ansah to just come back off the PUP list after missing a whole month and in three limited practices be back to his old self.

Do I still think Ansah can be effective Sunday? Sure, he’s too physically gifted not to be, but don’t be surprised if the Lions have him on some kind of snap count.

20man: What do Nick Bellore and Steve Longa, two of the linebackers that made the team over Williams, have in common? They are both terrific on special teams.

That is a critical role for the fifth and six linebackers on any roster, and Williams just wasn’t as good on special teams as the other two. I think Worrilow and Reeves-Maybin jumped Williams on the depth chart, and it came down to having a role on special teams. The other two were better options.

One thing this moves proves is that GM Bob Quinn has zero loyalty when constructing the best 53 players. Not even to his former draft picks. The best 53 make the roster, and that’s how it’s going to go.

20man: I get this question quite a bit on Twitter. It’s sort of a Jim Caldwell thing that’s been adopted by the leadership council. This is the ultimate team sport, and the Lions come onto the field as team without highlighting any one individual. I’m there for every game, and it’s still loud.

One thing I did notice during the two preseason games at home this year that was different is that the starters were announced with their picture on the scoreboard before the team comes out of the locker room and onto the field. I don’t see things changing in terms of the team running onto the field all together, but we’ll see what happens Sunday.

20man: That’s a tough one. It’s hard to argue against Tate’s consistency over the last three years, and his ability to take a three-yard pass 70 yards to the house.

Jones Jr. gets more opportunities to make plays down the field. I think he’s going to have a better season in year two in this scheme than he did last year.

Tate had 91 catches for 1,077 yards last year. Jones had 55 receptions for 930 yards. I think Jones catches more than 55 balls this year, and because his average yards per catch is so much higher than Tate’s, I’d probably go with Jones finishing with more yards this season, but it’s probably close again.

20man: I think we’ll see Golladay’s role develop throughout the season as he gets more comfortable, but I’d expect early on that his biggest role could be in the red zone. He’s a big receiver that should be able to win his fair share of those 50-50 balls in the corner of the end zone.

I wouldn’t get too crazy when it comes to expectations for Golladay. I think anywhere around 40 catches for 500 yards with a few touchdowns is a good rookie season. There’s only one ball to go around and Tate, Jones Jr., Ebron, Theo Riddick and Abdullah are all established playmakers.

20man: No official updates from the team. I can say that’s he’s working hard on his rehab, and I see him every day in the locker room. His range of motion in the right shoulder has steadily improved from what I’ve observed.

The Lions kept him on the PUP list to start the season, which means he has another month and a half to rehab before he’s eligible to return. The fact that Detroit’s bye week comes in Week 7 gives Decker an extra week.

We should know more the closer we get to that Week 8 Sunday night matchup with Pittsburgh Oct. 29, which will be the first game he’s eligible to return.

20man: I see what you did there, Tyler. Trying to sneak two questions in there.

When it comes to your first question, I think you might have omitted a name – TJ Jones. He took a lot of first-team reps in three receiver sets before injuring his hamstring in the preseason. He’s a veteran, and knows the scheme like the back of his hand. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we see him in some three-receiver sets early on Sunday.

Nevin Lawson is the starting cornerback opposite Darius Slay. In a perfect world, the Lions would probably like Tabor to play special teams and ease him along on defense. There aren’t many rookie cornerbacks who come into this league and light it on fire. It’s just too tough of a position.

20man: Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin has likened Killebrew to a Swiss Army Knife for his defense. He can cover on the backend, play in the box and can even be a hybrid linebacker in some packages.

I expect Austin to use him in a similar role as last year. Glover Quin and Tavon Wilson are the starters at safety. Killebrew sees the field in sub packages, which Austin could decide to use more of. That extra safety dime look became pretty popular towards the end of last season.

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