During Preseason Week 2 against the Giants, Matthew Stafford was behind center with Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay split out-wide. A healthy Golden Tate was standing on the sidelines, waiting for the Lions to call in a three-wide receiver personnel grouping. According to MLive.com, the Lions only ran two-receiver formations on 18.1 percent of their play calls last season, but it looks like this is something that new head coach Matt Patricia wants to change — with Golladay in the game over Tate.
“Sometimes in those two-wide-receiver sets, you can dictate a little bit defensively what they’re going to be in and you want to try to look at those packages and how they do against those sort of coverages, or fronts or the run game against that sort of look,” Patricia explained.
Should fantasy owners expect Golladay playing in these sets over Tate? “The receivers are rotated based on however the play count is, but there is with the personnel itself. That is something we’re trying to look at,” the coach added.
Golladay is an intriguing player because of his size (6-foot-4, 218 lbs) and his ability to win the jump ball. After making fantasy owners look way smarter than they are when he scored twice in his first NFL game, Golladay only recorded 28 receptions during the season and missed five games. Although his 17-yards per catch were eye-opening, he needs to be more than just a practice all-star to really make a fantasy impact. The Wolf is relatively lower on Golladay than the rest of the industry, as he’s his WR56 (-5 vs ECR).