WR Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions
|6-5, 235||Born: 9-25-1985||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): It hurts, but we have to downgrade Johnson after Matthew Stafford put up another clunker along with him. The matchups indicate that Johnson has a good chance to bounce back and we aren't saying to bench him, but the luster is wearing off.
General News (Wed Nov 26): hasn't been putting up big numbers this season, but he denies that he's starting to decline. He's on pace to finish with fewer than 1,000 yards receiving for the first time since 2009, but he continues to say that he's the same player he was when he set the single-season record for receiving yards two years ago. "I think that the biggest thing you can kind of just take a look at is -- does he still run by people?" head coach Jim Caldwell said. "The answer to that would be yes. Is he still able to lay out, catch the ball and do things that he normally does? Yes. And I think that that's what matters."
General News (Wed Nov 26): practiced fully on Wednesday and is expected to play this week.
Week 13: vs Chicago Bears
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Detroit (7-4) is on a two-game skid coming into this divisional showdown, and are now chasing 8-3 Green Bay for the NFC North title - meanwhile the Bears (5-6) are fighting for their playoff chances and are on a two-game winning streak. Detroit is 4-1 at home and they host the first of two showdowns with Chicago at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day. The Lions' offense is in a deep funk, with zero TDs (rushing or passing) over the last two games played - Calvin Johnson last caught a TD vs. Miami back in Week 10. With only 183 yards passing at Arizona and 264 yards passing at New England (with one interception thrown per game) Matthew Stafford has been short-circuiting his fantasy owners' lineups lately. One bright spot for Detroit is Golden Tate (11 targets for 4/97/0 receiving at New England last week) who has gone over 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career (72/1,047/3 receiving on the season so far). He's well ahead of Calvin Johnson's mediocre 38/578/3 receiving total. The Bears' pass D gave up 25/48 for 301 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions (with five sacks for -40 yards) to last year's backup quarterback in Chicago, Josh McCown - two games ago, they coughed up a more modest 18/28 for 147 net yards passing, one TD and one interception to Teddy Bridgewater and company (with two sacks for -11 yards). This year, their average net passing yards allowed, 260.5, is on the low end for NFL defenses (28th in the NFL), while the 25 passing scores surrendered to date is second-most in the NFL behind the Jets' 27 allowed. The Bears' pass D is bad enough to provide a tonic for Stafford and company - we think the home-team Lions hold the edge in this phase of the game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 10 vs MIA (15 / 7 / 113 / 1 rec)
Johnson was back in the lineup and the combination of he and Golden Tate performed well against the stingy Miami secondary. Johnson beat single coverage repeatedly, highlighted by a 50-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter staking Detroit to a 10-0 lead. Johnson got behind Brent Grimes for another potential long touchdown, but an underthrow from Matthew Stafford, combined with a leaping play on the ball from Grimes, ended up as an interception instead. Johnson tipped and hauled in a fourth down target late in the game. Johnson nearly hauled in the game-winning touchdown on Detroit's final drive as he was targeted in the back of the end zone. Johnson had a play on the ball amidst tight coverage, but could not control the pass. The Cardinals and Patriots the next two weeks mark more tough matchups for Calvin Johnson.
2014 Week 11 vs ARI (12 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Johnson had a showdown with Patrick Peterson in Arizona this week with the victory going to Peterson in their one-on-one situations and the Cardinals on the scoreboard. Johnson saw no targets in the first quarter as Stafford clearly looked away from Johnson in his progressions. On a third-and-long in the second quarter, Johnson finally shook free from Peterson on a deep post, but Stafford was late with the pass (and behind Johnson), allowing Peterson to break up the long gain or potential touchdown. Johnson managed a single reception on four targets at the half. Johnson exhibited signs of frustration throughout the game, both with the physical coverage of Arizona and his subpar play. Two second half receptions for Johnson came on third-and-long situations well short of the first down marker. Stafford overthrew Johnson on a deep target in the second half as well as floated an interception into double coverage. Overall, it was a brutal day for Detroit's passing game on the road against a quality opponent.
2014 Week 12 vs NE (10 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
Johnson was consistently matchup up against the oversized Brandon Browner in New England. Plus the Patriots stationed a safety over the top of Johnson's side of the field. Rarely, did Johnson shake free outside of a short crossing route. One notable exception was on a goal line back-shoulder target where Darrelle Revis was all over Johnson and forced the incompletion. There were three occasions were Johnson got two hands on the ball to only have it swatted away by a defender or knocked loose by contact. The highlight play for the Lions offense was a deep out connection between Matthew Stafford and Johnson to convert third-and-long. Johnson's sight was blocked by the defensive back, but he made the full-extension catch at the boundary, almost sensing the ball was on its way.
Latest NewsLions | Calvin Johnson reaches milestone (Fri Nov 28, 03:37 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson, with his 146 yards on 11 catches Thursday, Nov. 27 against the Chicago Bears, became the fastest wide receiver to 10,000 yards. Johnson did it in his 115th game. The previous recordholder was former St. Louis Rams WR Torry Holt, who reached 10,000 yards in 116 games. Our View: Johnson ranks with some of the great QBs and JJ Watt as a handful of generational player that we get the joy of watching every week.
link to story Lions | Calvin Johnson says he's the same guy (Wed Nov 26, 12:51 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson hasn't been putting up big numbers this season, but he denies that he's starting to decline. He's on pace to finish with fewer than 1,000 yards receiving for the first time since 2009, but he continues to say that he's the same player he was when he set the single-season record for receiving yards two years ago. 'I think that the biggest thing you can kind of just take a look at is — does he still run by people?' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'The answer to that would be yes. Is he still able to lay out, catch the ball and do things that he normally does? Yes. And I think that that's what matters.' Our View: Since returning from a sprained ankle, Johnson has also faced three of the league's top defenses. Fantasy owners should be starting Johnson every week. You'll take low days because they're not that frequent, and Johnson has the upside to explode for a monster performance in any week.
link to story Lions | Calvin Johnson limited Tuesday (Tue Nov 25, 04:59 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 25, after sitting out Monday, Nov. 24. Our View: The Lions will probably keep Johnson limited this week. The Lions have a sweet matchup against the banged up Bears defense on Thanksgiving.
link to story Lions | Calvin Johnson sits out Monday (Mon Nov 24, 04:39 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not practice Monday, Nov. 24. The Lions didn't practice Monday, so Johnson's designation is an estimation. Johnson has battled an ankle injury since Week 3, but he's played the last three weeks, although he remains less than 100 percent and hasn't reached 60 yards in either of the last two games. link to story Lions | Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate probable (Fri Nov 21, 05:12 PM) - Detroit Lions WRs Calvin Johnson (ankle, elbow) and Golden Tate (hip) are both listed as probable for Week 12 against the New England Patriots. Johnson and Tate were both limited in practice Friday, Nov. 21, and Tate was a surprise addition to the injury report. link to story More News
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