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Camp Spotlight: Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay


Ht/Wt: 6-4, 213

College: Northern Illinois

Experience: Rookie

Outlook: Detroit's third-round pick this year, Golladay will attempt to carve out a role as this team's third receiver behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr.

With a 6-foot-4 frame, long strides and good leaping ability, Golladay could give this offense a nice down-the-field threat and big body to throw to in the end zone.

View photos of Kenny Golladay during the Detroit Lions training camp practice on Aug. 1, 2017.

Golladay has already shown an ability to be a playmaker in the spring and early on in training camp, but when the pads come on and the physicality ratchets up, those playmaking skills will be put to the test.

He offers quarterback Matthew Stafford a big target with a wide catching radius. Quarterbacks love those kinds of receivers. Golladay has to continue to improve his route running, but he has the opportunity to earn a nice role for himself in this offense if he continues on his current progression.

Practice report: The Lions were in full pads for Tuesday's practice, which means the physicality in practice ramped up, especially in one-on-one drills with the receivers vs. defensive backs.

Teez Tabor, Johnson Bademosi and DJ Hayden were all very physical with Golladay during reps in the one-on-one drills. Tabor drew a flag on an incomplete pass after getting too handsy with Golladay past the five-yard contact barrier.

Bademosi had a good rep and forced an incomplete pass. Hayden's coverage was so good it actually took Golladay's route away.

In team drills, Golladay found a way to make a big play, which has usually been the case in just about every practice that's been open to the media dating back to OTAs. He got behind cornerback Adairius Barnes and made a sliding touchdown grab on a deep pass from Jake Rudock down the left sideline.

Golladay said after practice that his only thought when the ball was in the air was that he had to catch it. He did.

Quotable: "My goal when I come on the field is to make a play, stand out in practice and just make the play when my number is called. That's my main goal every time I step out here," Golladay said Tuesday.

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