Since 2016, Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn hasn’t drafted a single Pro Bowler. That has now changed with the late addition of Kenny Golladay.
The Detroit Lions will be sending a second player to the Pro Bowl despite posting one of the worst records in the NFL last season. That All-Star player is third-year wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who was chosen to replace Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin, who withdrew due to injury.
There’s little doubt Golladay is worthy of the honor after posting a career-high 1,190 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 65 catches last season. He’s the only Lions receiver to be sent to the Pro Bowl since Calvin Johnson back in 2015.
According to the official Twitter account of the Lions Football Communications Department, Golladay led the NFL in receiving touchdowns (11), 25+ yard receptions (17), fourth-quarter touchdown receptions (5), and most games with a receiving touchdown (9, tied). The 26-year old wideout also recorded 18.3 yards per catch, the third-highest average in the league last season.
Since taking over as general manager of the Lions back in 2016, Bob Quinn hadn’t drafted a single player to been chosen to participate in a Pro Bowl prior to Golladay’s addition on Tuesday. That lack of high-level talent added through the draft is one of the main reasons Detroit has struggled under now third-year head coach Matt Patricia.
The Lions posted a 3-12-1 record last season and currently possess the third overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Owner Martha Firestone Ford made it clear after last year’s outcome that she expects Detroit to be a playoff contender this upcoming season, placing both Quinn and Patricia in a must-win situation.
Kenny Golladay will join cornerback Darius Slay as the only other member of the Detroit Lions participating in the NFL’s All-Star game. The Pro Bowl will kick off this Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 p.m. ET and will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.