As much as we all like to pretend, progress isn’t linear in the NFL. Not all rookies make a big jump from their rookie year to their sophomore season. Sometimes, development is arrested by things outside of the players’ control, like an injury. Taylor Decker can tell you all about that.
Other times, we just assume a player will get better after spending a year to get more comfortable in the league. That makes logical sense, but it just doesn’t always turn out that way. A guy like cornerback Alex Carter was due for a breakout season in his second and third years, but that never ended up happening.
So the Lions 2017 draft class likely won’t all see drastic improvements in 2018, but for today, let’s take our best guess at who may have that breakout season this upcoming year. Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions second-year player will have a breakout season in 2018?
My answer: I think it will be Kenny Golladay, and I’m not alone. ESPN’s Matt Bowen listed Golladay among 10 NFL rookies primed to break out in Year 2. Here’s what Bowen had to say about Golladay:
“With new coach Matt Patricia retaining offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, look for Golladay to settle in as the No. 3 option behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones in the Lions’ three-wide receiver personnel.”
Indeed, it looks like the WR3 spot will be Golladay’s for the taking in 2018, even though the Lions did offer TJ Jones a restricted free agent tender. Last year, Golladay hauled in eight catches of 20+ yards (just two fewer than Golden Tate) despite being hindered by a hamstring injury that caused him to miss five games.
With Eric Ebron gone, Golladay is primed to see a drastic increase in production next year, and as long as he has the motivation to get better every day, there’s no reason to believe he won’t blow his 2017 production (28 catches, 477 yards, 3 TDs) out of the water in 2018.
Which 2nd year player will have the biggest breakout season in 2018?
This poll is closed