Last year, the Detroit Lions finished with a forgettable 3-12-1 record. For the second consecutive year, Matt Patricia’s team ranked last in the NFC North. If the Lions don’t improve this season, Patricia could lose his job. The former defensive coordinator must rely heavily on his offensive stars for standout performances in 2020.
While Matthew Stafford is usually the first player associated with Detroit’s offense, Kenny Golladay began making a stir this past year. In his third season, Golladay led Detroit across the board with 65 receptions for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also led the NFL in receiving touchdowns.
However, we didn’t see Golladay’s peak performance over the entire year. After eight games, Stafford sat out the rest of the season with a back injury. Before his season was cut short, Stafford was pacing 4,998 passing yards, 38 touchdowns, and a career-high 106.0 passer rating.
Instead of enjoying Stafford’s Pro Bowl-caliber play for the final eight weeks, Golladay made do with David Blough and Jeff Driskel. Blough was an undrafted rookie while Driskel entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick in 2016. Neither quarterback finished the season with more passing touchdowns than interceptions.
Golladay’s play suffered under Detroit’s backup quarterbacks. After producing four 100-yard games in his first eight appearances, the Pro Bowler only managed one over the final eight weeks. If his production remained steady throughout the season, Golladay would’ve finished 2019 with 70 receptions for 1,280 yards and 14 touchdowns.
With Stafford returning from injury and Detroit adding new offensive weapons, Golladay should produce the best season of his career in 2020.