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Camp Spotlight: Wide receiver Kenny Golladay


Position: Wide receiver

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 214

College: Northern Illinois

Experience: 3rd season

Outlook: Entering his third year, expectations are high for Golladay to continue the ascension we've seen in his game through his first two years in the league.

Golladay reached the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career with 1,063 yards on 70 catches (15.1 avg.) last season. He posted three 100-yard receiving games, including a career-high 146 yards on seven catches at Buffalo Week 15. He hauled in a career-best eight catches for 113 yards against Carolina Week 11.

Golladay proved he could handle and produce as a No. 1 receiver last year after Golden Tate was traded midseason and Marvin Jones Jr. was lost for the year with a knee injury Week 9. He was one of five players (Mike Evans, Tyreek Hill, T.Y. Hilton and George Kittle) in the NFL last season to record 70-or-more receptions, average at least 15.1 yards per reception and record five touchdowns.

Golladay has established himself as a versatile and productive weapon outside, and he could be in for a big 2019 season on the outside in Darrell Bevell's new offense.

View photos of wide receiver Kenny Golladay from Day 2 of 2019 Detroit Lions Training Camp presented by Rocket Mortgage.

Practice report: The Lions did some 1-on-1 goal line passing drills between the receivers and cornerbacks early in Friday's practice. Golladay's first rep was against veteran Rashaan Melvin. Melvin did a good job staying in front of Golladay on a corner route, forcing an incompletion. Golladay's second rep was against Teez Tabor. Despite Tabor having tight coverage in the back of the end zone, Golladay (6-4) was able to high point a catch over the smaller Tabor (6-0) for a highlight touchdown. It showed off his terrific catch radius.

There are a number of periods in practice – mostly during team special teams periods – where Golladay and Jones get an opportunity to work individually with the quarterbacks. Most of the time Friday was spent on red zone work, an area the Lions are looking to improve upon from last season.

In a 7-on-7 period later in practice, quarterback Matthew Stafford and Golladay weren't on the same page on an attempted back-shoulder throw. Melvin read it, stepped in front of Golladay, and picked the Stafford pass off.

One of the things we can continue to expect from the Lions is to move Golladay all over the field to force positive matchups. He works both outside and in the slot throughout practice.

Quotable: "Season to season, you want to progress and definitely we don't expect anything different (from Golladay)," Jones said Friday, when asked how good Golladay could become as a player in this league.

"As a group, we always have high expectations for each other and this is how you start, through camp."

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