It’s gonna be a lot of fun to watch the Lions’ receiving corps take on the Dolphins secondary in Miami on Sunday. Marvin Jones and Golden Tate are both excellent, established receivers receivers, and the emergence of second-year receiver Kenny Golladay gives that team a murderous trio of receivers for Matthew Stafford to throw the ball to.
So far Golladay has 27 catches for 428 yards and three touchdowns in five games. Compare that to his rookie year where he caught 28 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games. He showed flashes in his first year in the NFL, and now Golladay is exploding with a well earned starting role on the Lions offense.
For more on why Golladay is such a dangerous young receiver, let’s look at some of his best plays on the year.
It seems like almost every time Stafford throws to Golladay or Jones both receivers have to make a circus catch. I can't complain since it makes both receivers fun as hell to watch.
This pass to Golladay should be broken up, as it’s thrown behind the receiver, but Golladay’s ability to aggressively attack the ball shows why Lions fans love him. He could very easily let this go incomplete or intercepted as the defensive back enters his receiving window, but Golladay’s strong hands prevent the DB from doing so. The nickname “Babytron” is weak, but Golladay is a pure ball magnet.
This is a better throw from Stafford, but it also comes from phenomenal coverage by corner Chidobe Awuzie. There’s nothing Awuzie could do to stop Golladay here. The receiver’s ability to grab the ball away from his body, then his ability to contort his body as he heads for the ground is spectacular. His elbow lands in bounds so the catch stands.
You might be thinking that this is a routine catch for Golladay, and it is, but not because it’s an ordinary catch.
Stafford’s accuracy can be erratic, but it also makes his prized weapons at receiver fun to watch because it allows them to make SportsCenter Top 10 plays on a consistent basis.
This is actually a well thrown ball by Stafford. While it’s a jump ball, it’s placed high enough for Golladay to make a play on it without interference from the defensive back on him. Golladay performs a 180 catch then breaks into the open field, stiff arming a dude Vance McDonald style as he’s stopped just short of a sensational touchdown.
With Golden Tate as the underneath god, Marvin Jones as the vertical monster, and Kenny Golladay as a thrilling mix of intermediate and vertical play, the Lions have a three-man attack that gives them one of the best receiving corps in football. Golladay’s been a ball magnet since he arrived in the NFL and the Dolphins face a test with him, Jones and Tate taking one of the best secondaries in the league.
This is gonna be fun.