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Camp Spotlight: Wide receiver Kenny Golladay


Position: Wide receiver

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 213

College: Northern Illinois

Experience: Second season

Outlook: Golladay showed flashes of big-time playmaking ability as a rookie, and will no-doubt be looking for more consistency in that department heading into his second season.

He caught 28 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games a year ago as a fourth option for quarterback Matthew Stafford behind Marvin Jones Jr., Golden Tate and tight end Eric Ebron, who has since moved on to play for the Indianapolis Colts.

Golladay could be a big part of the Lions' offense this season after averaging 17.0 yards per reception as a rookie. He can make plays down the field with his big frame and long strides.

A hamstring injury suffered early on last year hindered Golladay in the middle of the season. His first game of the year (two touchdowns) and his last (54-yard touchdown) were impressive, however. It has a lot of people excited for his potential alongside Jones and Tate in his second season.

View photos of wide receiver Kenny Golladay from Day 7 of 2018 Detroit Lions Training Camp presented by Rocket Mortgage.

Practice report: There's a lot to like about Golladay's big-play ability, and he showed it off the first play of a team period on Friday. Golladay lined up left on the outside, and was able to get behind the defense coming all the way across the field right as Stafford launched one down the field to find Golladay for a huge connection.

In another team drill later on in practice, Golladay made a nice catch along the right sideline in front of cornerback Teez Tabor on a comeback route.

Golladay had a chance for another touchdown in a team red zone period, but cornerback Nevin Lawson had tight coverage on an out route and was able to break up the pass from Stafford.

Two things jump out about Golladay when watching him at practice: 1. He can high point the football as well as anyone because of his length. 2. He has pretty good body control for a young player. He uses his big frame to shield off defenders whenever he can, and has strong enough hands to make contested catches.

He's been good early on in camp.

Quotable: "Where I'm different from last year is I want to come out here every day and make plays," Golladay said. "Of course, I wanted to do that last year, but as of right now, I have to dominate every day and that's what I'm looking forward to.

"The coaches have high expectations. I have high expectations. I just want to open these coaches eyes and let them know that I'm here to work hard each and every day and I want to make plays for this team."

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