ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Kenny Golladay spent some of his first few months with the Detroit Lions getting work in with quarterback Matthew Stafford, but primarily spent his team drills lining up with the second team. Calvin Johnson Jerseys Not anymore. Not after a preseason debut in which he had two touchdown catches with high degrees of difficulty and showed he could be a red zone option. In the team's first practice after the preseason opener against the Colts, Golladay ended up in a new position.

When the Lions ran three-receiver sets, he was with the starters, replacing TJ Jones. Golden Tate III Jerseys "He's one of those guys that we're just trying to make certain that we give him a bit of experience in a little bit of everything to kind of see where he fits," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. Marvin Jones Jr Jerseys "We have an idea but you really don't know until you get him a chance to really delve in to one spot or the other. So, we're trying to cross-train him a little bit. "But he has the speed. He has the length and those kinds of things you look for, for good matchups on the outside."

Golladay worked primarily on the outside during those three-receiver sets and that pushed Golden Tate into the slot -- a place where he's proven he can be a dangerous receiver throughout his career because of his ability to make defenders miss and run after the catch. Matthew Stafford Jerseys It's not clear if this was a trial period for Golladay or if he has overtaken Jones, who still received some first-team work in certain situations along with Tate and Marvin Jones. TJ Jones and Jared Abbrederis often received second-team work with Jace Billingsley getting a look, too.

Considering the competition for the fourth-and-fifth receiver spots, that'll still be a battle to watch -- as will where the Lions use Golladay on a more regular basis. Ameer Abdullah Jerseys Even as he pushes to end up with more reps, expectations for him should be managed because he's more than likely the fifth option in the offense behind Tate, Marvin Jones, Eric Ebron and a combination of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. But if he keeps playing like he did in practice and the opener, he'll force his way into more opportunities. Barry Sanders Jerseys Still no Eric Ebron: After the tight end made a cameo in practices in Indianapolis, he once again did not practice Wednesday and Caldwell said he has "a couple issues that he's dealing with." It's not clear, other than the hamstring, what those issues are but he's had knee and ankle injuries in the past. It leads to the question of whether Ebron, now in his fourth season and still yet to play a full 16-game campaign, will always have some sort of injury. Other than the brief appearance in Indianapolis, he hasn't practiced since being injured the first day of training camp.

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