Predicting Golladay’s 2019 production has been a little tricky. He spent the first half of the season with both Marvin Jones and Golden Tate in the lineup, and in those games, he was out-targeted by Jones 47 to 44. After Tate was traded, Golladay played one full game with a healthy Jones and posted 3-46 on four targets against the Vikings. (Jones posted 6-66 on eight targets in that game.) Jones was injured the following week against the Bears after posting 3-55 on seven targets in 62% of the snaps. That’s when Golladay blew up. He posted 6-78-1 on 13 targets in that game against the Bears and proceeded to average 9.5 targets per game over the final six games of the season. So which Golladay will owners get in 2019? The version that was the clear No. 1 option on his team or the one that was out-targeted by Jones through eight weeks?
Jones suffered the injury to his right knee against Chicago on Nov. 11 and then went to get a second opinion less than a week later, a source told ESPN. The injury was first reported as a bruise and the ACL and MCL were intact. The Lions didn't give any more information about the injury.
The story added Ellington and T.J. Jones have split time on the outside opposite of Golladay. Riddick has seen time in the slot as well. Golladay should continue to get a ton of targets and over the last three weeks had totaled 35 with 19 catches and two TDs in that span.
And Golladay's emergence, with two really good players ahead of him, was one of the brightest developments of the first five weeks of season.
Golladay now has 27 catches, just one off his total from all last season. He has 428 yards, which is just 3 off Tate's team lead. And he's been the No. 1 threat downfield. He now has 55 catches for 905 yards and six touchdowns in 16 career games, which is better than both Calvin Johnson and Herman Moore. And he's done so while playing with better receivers than either of them, the story went on to say.
Kenny Golladay is 6-foot-4. He's listed at 218 pounds. He has 4.5 speed and can jump through the building.
In other words, he looks like a No. 1 receiver. But in this offense, he doesn't have to be a No. 1 receiver. With Marvin Jones and Golden Tate back, he's probably a WR3.
And that's part of what makes him an excellent candidate to become the offense's breakout player of the year.
Golladay showed flashes last year when he caught 28 passes for 477 yards and 3 touchdowns. But if the offseason program is any indication, he's headed for even bigger things in 2018. He consistently chewed up the first-team defense, especially in the red zone, where he so deftly uses that rangy frame to go up and get passes even the likes of Darius Slay can't get to, according to the story. But fantasy expectations probably still need to be tempered for now because Tate and Jones still have a presence.
Tate is waiting for the results of the MRI, but Rapoport said it would likely be "a few weeks." Golladay could stand to benefit the most from Tate missing time, but is still recovering from a hamstring injury. The Lions are on a bye in Week 7.