Detroit Lions trio only average in triplets ranking

Matthew Stafford, Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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WR- Kenny Golladay: 23rd (behind Larry Fitzgerald, ahead of Courtland Sutton)

A top flight receiver needs more than five touchdown catches, but Golladay deserves a lot of credit for a 1,000 yard season in year two. The last man standing when everyone else on the offense disappeared, Golladay himself still disappeared too often if I’m being honest, so as a top pass catcher, this is probably right around where he should be ranked. One other measuring stick that this is likely based on is fantasy points from 2018, where Golladay ranked 21st among receivers.

The Bad News: As far as offensive trios go, the national perception of the Lions seems to be that the three of them, individually and as a unit, are strikingly average. Nothing more, nothing less. Three players clearly don’t make up a team, but this also fits every preseason prediction I’ve seen for Detroit so far. Average, and maybe a little bit less than that.

The Good News: Kerryon Johnson is being underrated here, we can reasonably expect a Stafford that’s much better than  18th this year (even after figuring in the switch to Patricia Ball on offense), Golladay should have quite a bit more help catching passes this year, and if that’s not enough, the Lions’ defense projects to be far better than average in 2019. At least, that’s my perception.

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My Top 5 Lions offensive trios

Just for fun.

My added caveat is that no player can appear twice (otherwise I’d have Barry and whoever his QB and WR were each year for most of these spots).

  1. Scott Mitchell/Barry Sanders/Herman Moore– 1995
  2. *Bobby Layne/Bob Hoernschemeyer/Cloyce Box– 1952
  3. Matthew Stafford/Reggie Bush/Calvin Johnson– 2013
  4. Gary Danielson/Billy Sims/Freddie Scott– 1980
  5. Joey Harrington/Kevin Jones/Roy Williams– 2004

Best case scenario for Stafford/K. Johnson/Golladay in 2019: 3rd on this list

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*If I was doing it fairly, these guys should actually be ranked #1. The Lions were NFL Champions, Layne and Box were both All-Pro, and all three of them made the Pro Bowl. But I didn’t see any of it, and there’s 20 more teams than there used to be, so I can’t put them at the top.