The Detroit Lions have a budding star in Kenny Golladay, and a guy who can take things to the next level at wide receiver. And that’s just why former Lions wideout Nate Burleson took time out to highlight Golladay recently as his player of the day, and Burleson was quite bullish on what Golladay can do for the Lions next season, where he will be getting the focus as one of the team’s top weapons.
Burleson, on Good Morning Football, once again sung Golladay’s praises while wearing his jersey.
“You’re going to look at Matthew Stafford and constantly ask, who are his wide receivers? He got that when Calvin was playing with him, them Marvin Jones, then Golden Tate. The reason they were able to let Tate go was this young and fairly unknown wide receiver stepped up and played huge for them,” Burleson said, hinting folks don’t know Golladay as well considering the Lions have been a team that’s lost.
None of that dimishes his value for 2019 though.
Coming into last season, it’s was clear that what the Lions wanted to do offensively could center around Golladay at the position, given they already had a powerful big two in Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. When Tate left, it only ensured those chances should only come more frequently in the future, and when Jones was injured and shut down, this was only more the case. The wideout is big and physical with deep ball potential, and based on his first season, already knows how to work like a professional. That has been a big asset for him as it relates to taking a big jump. Arguably, Golladay is the one guy who could really help transform the group into one of the best in the league given how he’s trending.
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On the outside, it just feels like Golladay, with his size and ability, is a key to the whole operation, and that’s only more true now that Tate is gone and the team needs someone to help pick up some slack. For the Lions, the thought of Golladay developing into a monster was scary because he has looked the part most of the season, and it’s only clear that’s where he’s going in the future.
So far, even as the Lions haven’t always gotten the ball to Golladay consistently, he’s gone off, which is a great sign for the future. He’s going to be a guy who plays a starring role for the team as a result of this, and could only be more dangerous as a result of expectations he blew away down the stretch.
In 2019, everyone will be excited to see how high Golladay’s star might climb. And watch out for it if Burleson is to be concerned.