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WR Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions

6-5, 235Born: 9-25-1985College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 1, pick 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 12): The Lions are a full-blown dumpsterfire of a team right now. Maybe Johnson emerges from the flames if the coaches go down and a more open offensive approach is adopted, but what you see is what you get right now, and thats a low ceiling WR2.

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Recent Stats and Projections

2 at MIN 78 0 0 0 17 10 83 1 0 14.3
3 vs DEN 78 0 0 0 13 8 77 0 0 7.7
4 at SEA 55 0 0 0 11 7 56 0 1 4.6
5 vs ARI 71 0 0 0 7 5 67 0 0 6.7
6 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 5 vs ARI (7 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)

The Arizona defense's pressure on Stafford clearly inhibited Calvin Johnson on Sunday. With Stafford, he saw plenty of looks but the ball placement and excellent coverage minimized his stat line. Last week, Johnson found success running curl and crossing routes, and once again found similar success against Arizona. The Detroit quarterbacks certainly threw plenty of passes in this game, but the defense wasn't allowing enough room or time for him to make a big play.

2015 Week 4 vs SEA (11 / 7 / 56 / 0 rec)

Stafford got back to his roots and found Calvin Johnson throughout this game. While Johnson did find some success, the defense limited his yards after the catch with great coverage. Johnson was visibly frustrated early in the game as he and the offense struggle to find much to get excited about. He also had two catches negated by penalty. His largest gain on the day was in the first quarter when he executed a precise curl route for a 15 yard gain. Johnson's frustration likely peaked in the closing minutes of the game when he fumbled the ball on the one yard line after a nice catch and run for 10 yards. Overall, Johnson looked good, but wasn't heavily targeted until the fourth quarter of the game.

2015 Week 3 vs DEN (13 / 8 / 77 / 0 rec)

In week three, Stafford continued to target Calvin Johnson frequently. The change in this performance was that the passes were placed better for Johnson than in previous weeks, as Stafford displayed better overall accuracy. While the majority of the passes Johnson caught were short routes, Stafford did connect with him on a 21 yard gain where he shifted at the last minute to keep an off-target ball away from the defender. Johnson did miss a touchdown in the first half, as he was covered well by Aqib Talib and had the ball knocked down.

2015 Week 2 vs MIN (17 / 10 / 83 / 1 rec)

Calvin Johnson returned to a prominent role in the Detroit offense this week. Targeted 15 times, Johnson was the most active offense weapon for Detroit. Due to the success of the Minnesota coverage and pressure, Johnson's stat line wasn't gaudy, but he found ways to produce. Johnson worked all areas of the field, finding success across the middle, on the outside, and down the field. His touchdown in the end zone was a veteran catch with a toe plant and drag while falling out of bounds. If Stafford would have had better protection and accuracy, Johnson would likely have surpassed the century mark as he regularly positioned himself for successful completions.

2015 Week 1 vs SD (4 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)

With Stafford pressured and the San Diego secondary performing well, Calvin Johnson struggled to find room to work. Pulling in two receptions on four targets, Johnson did all he could to help Detroit. Taking a big hit over the middle running a dig route, Johnson moved the chains and was uninjured.


Latest News

Cardinals | Patrick Peterson ready for Megatron (Thu Oct 8, 10:37 PM) - Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson faces the Detroit Lions in Week 5, and he said enjoys the challenge of facing WR Calvin Johnson.

Our View: Peterson is having his best year to date and Johnson is being used mostly in the short passing game. Don't look for Megatron's disappointing scoring trend to date to reverse in this one.
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Lions | Matthew Stafford not connecting (Tue Oct 6, 06:18 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was just 1-for-5 for 15 yards when targeting WR Calvin Johnson on passes at least 10 yards downfield in Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks Monday, Oct. 5. On the season he's 5-for-18 targeting Johnson on throws of that distance.

Our View: Stafford is not playing well, and the Lions offense is suffering because of it. The answer should be to use more from the short passing game to help him get into a rhythm. Then, the Lions could try some deep shots that could have a better chance of connecting. We're not confident in this offense, and thus all the fantasy assets are trending down.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson has been disappointing (Tue Oct 6, 01:44 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson has gone four straight games to start the year with less than 90 yards receiving.

Our View: Johnson is one of those superstars that most fantasy owners are just going to ride with through this slump. When (if?) the Lions get their offense figured out, it should include a lot of Johnson.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson comes very close to TD (Tue Oct 6, 12:42 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson had seven receptions for 56 yards in the Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks, but he was also credited with a lost fumble when SS Kam Chancellor poked away a ball from Johnson near the goal line and it was batted out of the end zone for a touchback.

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Lions | Deep passes lacking for Lions (Tue Sep 29, 04:05 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson has only been thrown to deeper than 15 yards three times since the third quarter of Week 1. On the season, QB Matthew Stafford has only made 14 attempts of passes 15 yards or more. 'There [have] been routes that have been called that are deep routes and those kinds of things,' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'Sometimes it just doesn't happen.'

Our View: The Lions didn't have any time to set up deep passing against a fierce Broncos pass rush on Sunday night. Going forward, this team needs to find a way to jump-start the passing attack. Stafford needs to throw up some deep shots to Johnson so they'll connect but also at least to keep the defense honest.
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