Marvin Jones, Golden Tate, Kenny Golladay, Jared Abbrederis, T.J. Jones
Jones and Tate proved last season that they can fit together in a Matthew Stafford offense and it was successful. Stafford was able to use Jones as a deep threat and a field stretcher last season. It resulted in career highs in yards, yards per reception and longest reception.
The field stretcher in Jones opened things up underneath for Tate. Tate was great in the short passes and bubble screen game, and Matthew Stafford completed 67% of his passes to the easy target.
Now, moving forward, the team has an option that they believe can put them over the top. Golladay is a rookie and a mid round pick at that, but he has the ability to make an impact. Golladay is 6’4” 213 pounds. He went from Junior College to Northern Illinois, and never saw a quarterback even close to worth NFL consideration in his career. However, he put up stats everywhere he went and comes immediately in with red zone potential. The Lions have talked about moving him into the slot at times with these two and on paper, it is a great fit and a worth a shot to shoot this team up the ladder.
Abbrederis and Jones are your more typical slot receivers and would obviously fill in if the raw rookie were to take longer than expected to make his transition.