Detroit Lions receiver Kenny Golladay is coming off the best season of his career. His 11 league-leading touchdowns were enough to earn him his first Pro Bowl nod, but that only tells some of the story. He also finished with a phenomenal 18.3 yards per catch (good for third best in the league) and was sixth in receiving yards among wide receivers.
Now heading into his fourth year, expectations are even higher for the young Lions receiver. PFF has been dropping their fantasy projections for the 2020 season, and it’s fair to say they believe Golladay could be a top-five wide receiver in the league.
Their current projections have Golladay at 1,404.5 receiving yards—third most in the league, and the highest from a Lions receiver since Calvin Johnson in 2013. Johnson only eclipsed 1,400 yards three times in his career.
Most projected receiving yards— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) May 27, 2020
1. Michael Thomas - 1,525
2. Julio Jones - 1,457
3. Kenny Golladay - 1,405
4. Chris Godwin - 1,331 pic.twitter.com/NtFKuXkBhN
Additionally, PFF projects Golladay to haul in 7.7 touchdowns (fourth) for a total of 270.1 fantasy points—good for fifth among all NFL wide receivers (Michael Thomas, Tyreek Hill, Julio Jones and Davante Adams all above him).
Those are lofty numbers for the 26-year-old receiver, especially with all of the receiving targets in Detroit. But given his current trajectory, it certainly isn’t out of the question.
- The NFL has been proceeding like they expect the upcoming 2020 season to happen, but the NFLPA director DeMaurice Smith put it at a nearly 50/50 proposition.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith pegged the chances of an NFL season at 6 or 7 out of 10 -- which registers as a realistically optimistic number. Still a lot to work out, including how to handle players in higher-risk categories for COVID-19. @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/NkS4Wbmqod— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 27, 2020
- On the other hand, earlier this week Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said, “I think there definitely will be a football season this year.”
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has an update on the West Virginia training camp story. The Lions declined to comment on the rumors they have been given a proposal to move there for August.
However, The Greenbrier resort said in a statement that they have “been contacted by several NFL teams interested in using The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center, our state-of-the-art football training facility, as part of their contingency plans for Training Camp.”
- Tyrell Crosby’s got ups:
- A mildly-interesting story from the Detroit Free Press about the time Reggie Wayne turned down a request to work out for the Lions because “You the Detroit Lions” and he didn’t believe he had to work out with his history. He proceeded to work out and sign with the Patriots, only to retire before the season began.
- Erik Schlitt of Lions Wire has a nice breakdown of what Jamal Agnew’s move to wide receiver means for the rest of the roster.