Retention of Rostered Talent: The Wide Receivers
The Detroit Lions lost a key offensive player in free agency this year, one that left them with no choice but to address in the draft. Losing Graham Glasgow in free agency was a big negative for the Lions this offseason, and it forced them to use not one, but two picks in the draft on interior linemen.
Those third and fourth-round picks could have gone to use on other positions had the Lions simply re-signed a good starter in Glasgow. The Lions need to start retaining the talent they have on their team if they are to reach the Super-Bowl level.
There are two wide receivers currently on the roster that the Lions should be looking into re-signing. Marvin Jones Jr. is an aging veteran but he has great chemistry with quarterback Matthew Stafford and if the Lions can bring him back on a reasonable deal, they shouldn’t hesitate to do so.
Jones is a great downfield threat with reliable hands and excellent jump-ball skills. He has the art of body positioning down to a science and runs routes well too. Jones also brings surprising RAC (run after catch) ability to his game, which helps the offense when he gets the ball in space on underneath routes.
Lastly, the Lions need to keep budding superstar Kenny Golladay on the roster. Golladay is a monster all the way around and has the skill set to eventually be a top-five receiver in the NFL. He is already a top-ten wide-out, but once he gets another full season with Stafford, people will see that he belongs in the conversation for the best receiver in the game.
Golladay is a dependable route-runner and is hardly beaten on a high-ball when high-pointing a throw. He has great explosiveness and it is nearly impossible to out physical him when going for the football. He has no quit and Stafford has come to rely upon him as his number one target.
The do-it-all receiver must be re-signed as soon as possible, and the Lions must be willing to look to the future when agreeing upon a deal. Even if it seems like an overpay in the present, after a year or two, Golladay will be a steal. Golladay must be kept in Detroit at all costs.