The 30-year-old wideout's production waned slightly the past few seasons due to injury, but he still was a massive matchup problem for defenses.
Golden Tate becomes the de facto No. 1 receiver. The 27-year-old wideout was a great free agent signing in 2014, compiling 2,144 yards in two seasons. Much of Tate's best work comes after the catch. Tate was still productive when Johnson missed games the past two seasons, but there will be questions about whether he can be consistent over 16 games without Johnson on the field to command extra defenders.
Lions general manager Bob Quinn could look to the NFL draft to add a dynamic playmaker. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock ranks Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell as his No. 1 receiver. With holes to fill on the defensive and offensive lines, would the new GM go wideout in the first round, or try to add depth later? Based on how the New England Patriots (Quinn's former team) gathered their receivers, we'd expect the latter.