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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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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): It's probably no solace if Johnson let you down against Minnesota, but in Week 16 he gets the Bears secondary that he roasted in Week 13, so don't get too worried about him.

General News (Thu Dec 18): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 16: at Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Matthew Stafford (34/45 for 390 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown) and Calvin Johnson (16 targets for 11/146/2 receiving) blew up against the Bears on Thanksgiving Day en route to a 34-17 victory. Golden Tate also saw double-digit targets (ten for 8/89/0) as the Lions stomped the Bears that day. Since then, Stafford hasn't thrown an interception and the Lions have collected a 34-17 win over Tampa Bay (26/34 for 311 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions) and a 16-14 squeaker (17/28 for 153 yards passing, one TD and zeo interceptions thrown) over Minnesota. The Lions' passing attack is on a roll with 15 targets for 12/211/1 going to Johnson over the past two weeks; 12 for 11/88/1 flowing to Tate; and 11 for 9/91/1 landing in Joique Bell's arms. It's all good for the Lions' offense right now. The Bears' pass D is not good, with 29/36 for 360 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown by Drew Brees in Chicago on Monday night, after Tony Romo lit them up for 21/26 yielding 203 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions two games ago. That's eight TDs allowed and zero interceptions generated by the secondary over the past three games for those keeping score at home (the New Orleans and Dallas games both went down in Solider Field, by the way). Uggh. Advantage, Detroit.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at NE 0 0 0 10 4 58 0 0
13 vs CHI 0 0 0 16 11 146 2 0
14 vs TB 0 0 0 9 8 158 1 0
15 vs MIN 0 0 0 6 4 53 0 0
16 at CHI PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 7 * * *
16 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 6 * * *
16 at CHI PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 8 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs CHI (16 / 11 / 146 / 2 rec)

After being held in check the past two weeks, this was a return to prominence performance for Johnson against the Bears. Johnson saw a hearty 36% of the team targets and dominated from the start. Johnson made a contested catch between two seam defenders for a long-range touchdown and added a fade route score. At the half, Johnson already had 9-109-2 amidst Matthew Stafford's 275-yard effort. It was a quiet second half for Johnson as Detroit milked a lead. Two noticeable missed opportunities were a dropped third down target for Johnson and a potential back shoulder fade touchdown that was contested in the fourth quarter. With the Buccaneers, Vikings, and Bears coming up, Johnson is primed for a strong finish to the season.

2014 Week 14 vs TB (9 / 8 / 158 / 1 rec)

Johnson did what studs do against porous pass-coverage units, he dominated. Matthew Stafford was at his best on power throws to Johnson over the middle throughout the game. The highlight of the first half came on a perfect fade throw-and-catch at the goal line between Stafford and Johnson. With the game still in doubt at halftime, Johnson opened the third quarter with a 53-yard reception to fuel Detroit pulling away. Both defenders lost track of the ball in the air and Johnson easily hauled it in. By the closing minutes of the third quarter Johnson was up to 130 yards and a score. Stafford targeted Johnson on a goal line slant in the fourth quarter, but the pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and turned into a Joique Bell receiving score. Johnson has more than 300 receiving yards over the past two games with three touchdowns. With the Vikings and Bears up next, a healthy Calvin Johnson is primed for a strong finish to the season.

2014 Week 15 vs MIN (6 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)

Xavier Rhodes followed Calvin Johnson around the formation in coverage for the Vikings and held Johnson in check. Rhodes had the size and athleticism to press Johnson at the line of scrimmage and a safety was never far away from the top of Johnson's route tree. When Johnson did shake free, Matthew Stafford made inaccurate throws. Stafford missed Johnson on a deep out route on third down, forcing a fourth straight punt to open the game for Detroit. In the second half, Johnson rebounded with a chunk gain down the seam in addition to fighting through a tackle for a first down on a hot route. The Bears and Packers mark good matchups for Johnson in the final two games of the season.


Latest News

Lions | Calvin Johnson will play against Bears (Fri Dec 19, 04:28 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Friday, Dec. 19, and is probable for Week 16 against the Chicago Bears.

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Lions | Calvin Johnson a full participant (Thu Dec 18, 04:49 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 18, after being limited Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Our View: We aren't worried about Calvin Johnson, and expect him to be a top WR1 option for his fantasy owners this weekend.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson does some drills (Wed Dec 17, 04:30 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

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Lions | Calvin Johnson probable (Fri Dec 12, 05:39 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) fully practiced Friday, Dec. 12, and is probable for Week 15.

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Lions | Calvin Johnson a full go (Thu Dec 11, 06:40 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 11, after being limited Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Our View: A sure-fire WR1 this week, we expect Megatron to be fine and in the lineup as usual.

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