DETROIT -- Kenny Golladay showed in one play why so many are excited about his potential this season.
On a second-and-6 from Detroit’s 35-yard line, Matthew Stafford threw up a 50-50 ball in the direction of Golladay, who has been praised throughout his career for his leaping ability, jump timing and catch radius. Golladay outleaped Green Bay cornerback Josh Jackson and managed to keep his feet.
After stiff-arming Pro Bowl safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Golladay was off down the left sideline, before cutting back to the middle of the field and down to the Packers’ 5-yard line.
The play set up a 1-yard LeGarrette Blount scoring run, his second touchdown of the first quarter, giving the Lions a 14-0 lead.
But what Golladay did, from the leap to the physical stiff-arm to the catch-and-run is what makes the 6-foot-4 second-year pro one of the more intriguing young receivers in the NFL, and gives the Lions, along with Marvin Jones and Golden Tate, one of the top receiving corps in the league.
It was also Golladay’s second highlight play of the day, sort of. Golladay had a leaping/diving 44-yard touchdown wiped out on Detroit’s first drive by a Frank Ragnow illegal use of the hands penalty.