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Lions to split third receiver reps between TJ Jones, Kenny Golladay

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Lions to split third receiver reps between TJ Jones, Kenny Golladay

Lions receiver Kenny Golladay appears to have lost the third starting job, although he's still expected to play against Arizona.
 
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All signs indicate TJ Jones will open 2017 as the third receiver behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.

"Jones been around here, played some good football for us, gotten a lot of reps with our ones this camp," offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said. " TJ's a vet. TJ knows how we do things, and we have a really good comfort level with TJ. Kenny is a rookie in this league, first week, first game. You have to take all those things into account. We're evaluating both those guys and at a certain point, everybody will probably play. We'll just figure out who plays when."

 

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Jones, a sixth-round pick in 2014, offers more experience and versatility. At 6-foot and 190 pounds, he knows the outside jobs but can flex inside too. And he's put on a noticeable amount of weight (though he's declined to say how much), which has made him a little more physical in practice.

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But Golladay is also 6-foot-4, which makes him Detroit's biggest receiver and injects some size into a unit that otherwise lacks it. He's been tough to stop in the red zone.

"Ideally, when we're rocking and rolling, we're doing a good job with those matchups," Cooter said. "We're keeping an eye on who their nickel player is, who both their corners are, who we think they're going to match up if teams do match up, and those type of things. Try to get our guys the best match up themselves. So, we are evaluating that as we go."

When asked specifically whether Jones had won the third receiver job, Cooter responded, "We're going to play more than three, so everybody's going to play. We'll see how many reps everybody gets."

 

Jared Abbrederis was listed as the fifth WR. 

I expect the Lions to mix things up depending on the situation, and also run some creative packages since the top four guys all offer some interesting traits. 

What do you expect out of Golladay in his rookie year? What kind of stats do you think he puts up in terms of yards, catches, and TD's?

If you were in charge of the depth chart, how would you roll out this group of WR's? How would you use them?

What kind of impact do you think TJ Jones will have this season? 

What kind of numbers do you think Stafford will put up with all of these weapons, assuming they all stay healthy (Abdullah included)?

Share your thoughts below!

 

 

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I'm okay with this. Let Golladay earn his targets. Quinn is all about a competitive atmosphere. It'll be good to push them both. 

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1 hour ago, Louis Friend said:

I'm okay with this. Let Golladay earn his targets. Quinn is all about a competitive atmosphere. It'll be good to push them both. 

I like having the younger guys having to earn their spot. It's early, but it looks like Golladay has the potential to be a really nice piece for the offense. It should only benefit everyone involved if he has to compete every step of the way to make that impact. 

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I'm going to give a prediction for my adopted lion. 

5 receptions 60 yards 1 touchdown 

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I think TJ Jones will be more effective as an everyday 3rd receiver. Golladay will be a really effective red zone threat.

I would not be surprised if Golladay is our #3 at the end of the year though.

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So that Golladay guy might be pretty good.

 

 

That second TD catch made me drop my jaw in amazement.

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