INDIANAPOLIS– As preseason rookie debuts go, Kenny Golladay's was one of the best for the Detroit Lions in recent memory.
The rookie third-round pick had touchdown catches of 23 and 15 yards to help the Lions secure a 24-10 win over the Colts in both teams' preseason debut.
Both touchdowns were thrown by backup quarterback Jake Rudock, who took over for starter Matthew Stafford after he played just one series.
Golladay finished with three catches for 53 yards and those two scores.
For him, Sunday's performance was just a continuation of what he's been doing all spring and summer.
Golladay's two touchdowns helped the Lions to a 17-3 halftime lead.
Detroit extended the lead to 24-3 in the fourth quarter when rookie quarterback Brad Kaaya connected with rookie receiver Dontez Ford on a 15-yard scoring strike along the left sideline.
Detroit's defense was good all game long, holding the Colts to just 230 total yards of offense, 90 of which came on their last drive of the game. Detroit also combined for five sacks of Colts QBs.
QB Comparison: Matthew Stafford played just one series and finished 2-of-3 passing for 36 yards with an interception for a passer rating of 68.1. The turnover wasn't on Stafford. His pass bounced right off Marvin Jones Jr. and straight up into the air and into the arms of linebacker John Simon.
Rudock played the rest of the first half and one series in the third quarter. He finished 13-of-21 passing for 142 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating was 113.6. Rudock also rushed twice for 24 yards.
Brad Kaaya played the rest of the way and was 8-of-11 passing for 71 yards with a touchdown, no interceptions and a passer rating of 119.9.
Stock up: Rudock showed terrific command of Jim Bob Cooter's offense. He led the Lions on three scoring drives and into position for another (missed field goal).
View in-game photos from the Detroit Lions' preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
He completed 62 percent of his passes and was decisive in doing so. His two throws on the Golladay touchdowns were perfect -- The first where only Golladay could catch it and the second was a well-placed back-shoulder throw. He also displayed good pocket presence and an ability to make plays with his feet.
Honorable mention goes to running back Dwayne Washington. He had 34 yards rushing on six carries and was very good in pass protection, one area he needed to improve from last season.
Stock down: Rookie tight end Michael Roberts caught four passes for 34 yards in his pro debut, which isn't bad, but he also had a drop, which has been a problem for him from time to time in camp.
He was also stripped of the football, though his forward progress was ruled to be stopped before the ball was out. Still, that will no-doubt go against him in the film study and be a teaching point.
He had another ball jarred from his grip along the sideline out of bounds later in the game.
Rookie report: First-round pick Jarrad Davis played just a couple series and recorded one tackle.
Cornerback Teez Tabor had a nice debut. He was more than willing to come up in support of the run game, and finished with three tackles. He didn't give up any big plays in coverage.
Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Detroit's fourth-round pick, made three tackles on special teams and also blew up a screen pass on defense. His speed is a factor both on special teams and defense.
Cornerback Jamal Agnew made one tackle on defense. He did a nice job securing the football as the team's first punt returner, but didn't get many opportunities to return one. He had three successful fair catches and just one return for seven yards.
Defensive end Pat O'Connor recorded a sack and two tackles.
Undrafted free-agent edge rusher Alex Barrett had a fine game. He led the Lions with six tackles (one for loss) and also had one sack and two quarterback hits.
Fellow undrafted defensive end Jeremiah Valoaga also recorded six tackles (one for loss) and had a sack.
Stat of game: Second-year defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson led all defensive linemen last season with seven batted down passes. He has a knack for it and recorded two against the Colts.
Injury report: Starting defensive end Kerry Hyder Jr. was carted off the field with a lower left leg injury.
He was injured on the second series of the game, and could not put any pressure on the leg when he was helped off the turf and onto the cart.
Brandon Copeland was also spotted heading to the locker room in the third quarter with a trainer. He suffered a shoulder injury and did not return.
With Ziggy Ansah still on PUP, and Cornelius Washington and Armonty Bryant dealing with injuries, the Lions are dangerously low on pass rushers at the moment.