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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Let’s face it the rules in today’s NFL are tilted in the offense’s favor. Defensive players can’t hit receivers like they could in the past and there’s a lot of questionable pass interference calls. So if you can’t put points on the scoreboard then things won’t go very well for you.
For Detroit most of their offense will flow through two young players at the running back and wide receiver positions. Kerryon Johnson is the first guy we’ll talk about and what a rookie season he had racking up 641 yards and 3 touchdowns. Johnson actually missed the last six contests with a knee injury but he was the first Lion to rush for 100 yards in a game since Reggie Bush did that back in 2013. Therefore expectations are high for Kerryon Johnson in year two because he gave the fans in Michigan something to be optimistic about. People assume Johnson is going to overcome his medical problems and pick up right where he left off. From what we’ve seen so far Johnson appears to be the real deal and he should be back on track before we know it. Then there’s Kenny Golladay and he was the better of the two in 2018. With Golden Tate out of the picture and Marvin Jones hurt. Golladay stepped up and hauled in 1,063 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. Once you crack that 1,000 yards mark as a pass catcher you’re entering the elite category. The rapport that Golladay and Stafford have is incredible and they always find a way to move the chains or come up with a big play down the field. Matt Patricia is depending on another monster season from Kenny Golladay and that seems to be the way things are heading. If both of these guys step up the Lions could put together an exciting brand of football. For an organization that hasn’t had a ton of success it’s so crucial that their star players live up to their potential.
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Detroit is hoping Kerryon Johnson and Kenny Golladay can usher in a new era of Lions football. These two players are key to their team’s future: