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Friday open thread: Who will lead the Lions in receptions in 2017?

Who will be Matthew Stafford’s favorite target this season?

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Prediction week rolls on as the Detroit Lions have closed organized team activities and minicamp for 2017. Though the team will not reconvene for another six weeks or so, we’ve got nothing better to do than to keep talking about football because there truly is no offseason here at Pride Of Detroit.

Today, let’s talk about receivers. The Lions added a few top receiving options in the offseason with third-round pick Kenny Golladay and fourth-round tight end Michael Roberts. Add in the return of both Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick from injury, and you’ve got yourself a healthy arsenal for Matthew Stafford in 2017.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Who will lead the Lions in receptions in 2017?

My answer: Marvin Jones Jr.

I don’t know if I can really justify my pick, because Golden Tate had 36 more receptions than Jones last year, but let’s call it a hunch. Jones seems legitimately disappointed in his 2016 season, and by all accounts, he has spent much of his offseason trying to get better, including working alongside Randy Moss to help improve the physical side of his game.

Whether he can truly make progress and take on a bigger role than Tate, or even Riddick—who had an impressive 80 catches in 2015—remains to be seen. But with a bigger, better supporting cast of receivers, anyone could emerge as the team’s No. 1 option in 2017.

Your turn.


Who will lead the Detroit Lions in receptions in 2017?

This poll is closed

  • 68%
    Golden Tate
    (304 votes)
  • 4%
    Eric Ebron
    (21 votes)
  • 9%
    Marvin Jones Jr.
    (44 votes)
  • 7%
    Theo Riddick
    (32 votes)
  • 0%
    Ameer Abdullah
    (3 votes)
  • 7%
    Kenny Golladay
    (35 votes)
  • 0%
    (4 votes)
443 votes total Vote Now

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