Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens reviews the debut of Detroit Lions wide receiver Quintez Cephus, who led his offense in targets against the Chicago Bears.
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After an excellent training camp and a hamstring injury to Kenny Golladay, rookie Quintez Cephus drew his first start in the Detroit Lions’ season opener against Chicago on Sunday and led the team in targets. As one would expect from a rookie, the game was often a beat faster than Cephus was accustomed and it led to correctable mistakes that cost him two receptions.
Still, Cephus displayed a comfort with finding open zones and making adjustments to the football for pivotal plays during this contest. Even with the errors, Matthew Stafford showed trust in Cephus that will likely grow as the season unfolds.
With Golladay missing Wednesday and Thursday practices heading into Week 2’s contest, we could see Cephus once again subbing for the Lions’ leading receiver. And once Golladay returns, expect to see Cephus alternate with Danny Amendola in the slot and serve as the fourth receiver in 10 personnel sets.
Cephus’s box scored wasn’t fantasy-worthy but from a realistic perspective, the rookie had a promising start to his career.
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