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Kenny Golladay promoted to Lions first unit

Jesse Borek



INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 13: Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) makes a catch during warm ups at the NFL preseason week 1 game between the Detroit Lions and the Indianapolis Colts on August 13, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire)
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Who says the preseason is meaningless? The Detroit Lions have promoted wide receiver Kenny Golladay to their first unit following a Week 1 performance against the Indianapolis Colts in which he caught two touchdown passes.

He’s one of those guys that we’re just trying to make certain that we give him a little bit of experience at a little bit of everything to kind of see where he fits,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said to the Detroit Free Press. “We have an idea, but you really don’t know until you get him a chance to really kind of delve into one spot or the other, so we’re trying to cross-train him a little bit. But he has the speed and has the length and those kind of things you look for for good matchups on the outside.”

Golladay caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jake Rudock to open the scoring in the first quarter. Rudock found him again in the second quarter, hitting him for a 15-yard score that put the Lions ahead 14-3. He finished the day with three receptions for 53 yards and two scores.

Detroit selected the 6-foot-4 wideout in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft in April out of Northern Illinois. He played just two seasons for the Huskies, hauling in 18 combined receiving touchdowns.

His early promotion is a positive, but he’ll have stiff competition on the outside, with both Golden Tate and Marvin Jones at receiver, along with Eric Ebron at tight end.

Jesse is a news desk reporter and FRS SLAM columnist with FanRag Sports since August 2016. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a dual major in comparative literature and journalism.