In a four-part series recently released on NFL.com, analysts Willie McGinest, Terrell Davis, Reggie Wayne and Gil Brandt looked around the league at some of the young players who they believe are poised for a breakout campaign.
Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay was among the list of young receivers for Wayne.
“Golladay had one of the quietest 1,000-yard receiving seasons last year,” Wayne said. “Golladay has shown improvement year over year, slowly but surely becoming Matthew Stafford’s favorite target.
“Now, he heads into his third pro season as the team's top wideout, and I could see him recording 1,200-1,300 receiving yards this fall. Stafford has plenty of weapons to utilize -- Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, Jesse James and T.J. Hockenson – but make no mistake, Golladay will lead the charge in a major way.”
Among those on Wayne’s list with Golladay are: Parris Campbell (Indianapolis), Will Fuller (Houston), Deebo Samuel (San Francisco), Courtland Sutton (Denver), James Washington (Pittsburgh) and Mike Williams (Los Angeles Chargers).
Golladay caught 70 passes for 1,063 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games last season.
After the team traded Golden Tate midseason and lost Jones to a knee injury shortly thereafter, Golladay stepped into the No. 1 receiver role down the stretch for the Lions and handled the job tremendously.
He posted three 100-yard receiving games last season, including a career-high 146-yard performance on seven receptions in Buffalo Week 15.
Golladay didn’t take part in the offseason training program as he rehabbed an injury, but he is likely to be ready to roll in the fall.
“Man, his future is really bright,” Wayne told detroitlions.com of Golladay at the Super Bowl in Atlanta. “He definitely has what it takes. He’s got a gunslinger (at quarterback), that’s half the battle. I think he’s their future, I really do.”
Wayne has doubled down on those remarks by making Golladay one of his breakout candidates at receiver for the 2019 season.
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