Organized Team Activities are limited in nature and are often most focused on those fighting for roster spots. On the other hand, two players clearly locked into starting roles are Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay, but both have something to prove heading into 2019.
For Jones, the first goal is staying healthy, as his 2018 season was cut short after nine games thanks to a knee injury. He was on pace for 62 catches, 900 yards and nine touchdowns, which was close to his output in 2017, in what was perhaps the most productive of his seven-year career.
Meanwhile, Golladay is soaring into his third season after a 70-catch, five-touchdown campaign. Expectations are high for the third-year receiver, and he is looking to be worth every ounce of draft capital the Lions chose to spend on him.
Both players are vital to the offense and need to have big seasons, and while each can contribute in different ways, do not be surprised if one takes a larger piece of the pie. Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which receiver will emerge as the top option in 2019?
My answer: Matthew Stafford seems comfortable feeding multiple receiving options, but this is primed to be the season Golladay really takes over. Jones is still a great deep-ball threat, but he lacks the size and athleticism of his younger counterpart. With a couple new tight end options joining the team, his number of targets may not grow significantly, but Golladay should still see his productivity rise this season.