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Chad Johnson: Lions' Kenny Golladay will be 'special'

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Ex-receiver Chad Johnson visited Detroit Lions training camp as a guest on Friday. Normally, a former player hanging out with a team in August wouldn't peak our interest, but the loquacious Johnson had one interesting takeaway from his visit.

Rookie receiver Kenny Golladay caught the eye of the man formerly known as Ochocinco. Johnson heaped praise on the Lions' 6-foot-4, third-round pick.

Later Johnson tweeted a video of one Golladay catch, writing: "I'm not a scout but I know my s---, Golladay is gone [sic] be special."

Golladay has earned praise throughout offseason workouts and into training camp. The rookie's size and length is desperately needed in a munchkin Lions receiving corps. According to MLive's Kyle Meinke, Golladay has taken most of his reps with the second team during camp. It wouldn't surprise us, however, if the rookie eventually took over the Anquan Boldin-role from last season.

"I've seen steady improvement," coach Jim Caldwell said of his rookie receiver. "He's got a ways to go yet, but he's got height. He's got ability. He's got the drive and work ethic to try and improve each and every day."

If Golladay continues to impress in the preseason, he could thrive as a big target for Matthew Stafford, especially in the red zone where the Lions were mediocre last season.

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