Lions WR Golden Tate believes Kenny Golladay has a chance to be ‘dominant’
The Detroit Lions have undergone substantial changes this offseason. Fortunately, the state of their talented receiving corps remains.
Detroit already boasts quite the 1-2 punch in wide receivers Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. However, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, Tate admitted that even wide receiver Kenny Golladay will turn some heads in the near future:
“I saw freakish catches, man,” Tate said. “Some real freakin’ freakish catches. Kenny’s still a young guy trying to figure it out, but he’s moving at a great pace. If he can just keep the mentality he has coming in, he studies, and just tries to get better every day, I’m telling you, this guy can be dominant. He’s a WR1 kind of guy.”
There is certainly plenty of truth to Tate’s comments. Golladay’s catches are just about as freakish as his athleticism. His rare combination of size and speed make him a matchup nightmare for smaller cornerbacks in this league.
Golladay was easily able to show flashes of his potential during the 2017 campaign. He finished the year with 28 catches for 477 yards and three touchdowns. His increasing role in the offense suggests that he could be poised for a larger workload this season.
However, he will still likely be relegated to the No. 3 wideout role in Detroit’s offense. This means his production will likely be tempered by the presence of both Tate and Jones. Furthermore, head coach Matt Patricia has indicated that the Lions will not rely as heavily on the pass as they have in recent years.
That said, Golladay will have to make the most of his opportunities if he hopes to someday fulfill Tate’s prediction.