WR Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions
|6-5, 235||Born: 9-25-1985||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2|
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General News (Wed Nov 25): partially participated in Wednesday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
General News (Tue Nov 24): partially participated in Tuesday's practice.
Week 12: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Lions won a game last week! In other dire portents of doom, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were seen getting their horses shod, and the moon turned blood red. Just kidding - the Lions really did win a game, though. Matthew Stafford found both his primary receivers for over 50 yards receiving last week, making their fantasy owners less depressed. Calvin Johnson had nine targets for 5/88/0 receiving; Golden Tate handled 11 for 8/73/0; and Theo Riddick saw six for 5/72/0. The only TD scored by the Lions' offense was run in by Stafford, making his fantasy owners slightly less depressed (22/35 for 282 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, with 6/31/1 rushing). The Eagles' fans left Lincoln Financial Field feeling depressed last week, after their 'defense' allowed well over 500 combined yards to the Buccaneers, including a whopping 19/29 for 246 yards passing, one million (ok, only FIVE) TDs, and zero interceptions to rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. Philadelphia lost 45-17, but Mark Sanchez didn't fumble the ball! There is a silver lining in every cloud, Eagles' fans. Two depressing units face off in this depressing-yet-nationally televised matchup. That sounds about even to us.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 88 / 0 rec)
Targeted throughout the game, Calvin Johnson had a productive one. At the end of the first quarter, a stalled drive in the Oakland red zone could have possibly had a different result had Stafford looked in the direction of his Pro Bowl receiver who was in single coverage. Later in the second quarter, a deep 50 yard pass from Stafford was too far in front of Johnson, but the two connected late in the second quarter for 21 and 36 yard receptions in the hurry-up offense. The second half was a quiet one for Johnson, as he was targeted three times but only came down with one of the passes on a 7 yard slant. Of the two missed targets, one was thrown into good coverage and broken up by the defender while the second pass was off-target and uncatchable.
2015 Week 10 vs GB (9 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)
Calvin Johnson saw his first action in the second quarter on a play action pass for a gain of 13. Shortly after that Stafford found him on a 19 yard out route. Stafford attempted to connect with Johnson for a touchdown in the final seconds of the second quarter, but overthrew him in the end zone - a catch that Johnson likely could have outjumped the defender for if it had been on point. In the third quarter Johnson again found success with another out route for a 16 yard gain on a well-executed play on 3rd and 5. He didn't see the ball again until the fourth quarter when Stafford looked his way often. Johnson caught a tip-toe catch on the sideline for 15 yards, and then followed it up with a 6 yard crosser. Later in the fourth, with the pocket imploding, Stafford worked outside and hooked up with Johnson for a 14 yard gain.
2015 Week 8 vs KC (10 / 5 / 85 / 0 rec)
While the pass attack struggled with the pressure the Chiefs were bringing, Calvin Johnson continued to be a model of efficiency by making the most of targets in his directions. Used heavily along the sidelines, Calvin found success on comebacks, outs, and fade routes throughout the day. He also worked the middle of the field occasionally, and had his one and only mishap on the day when he dropped a well place ball on a crossing route. The drop occurred on 3rd and 14 and Johnson was well short of the first down and had a defender coming in hot, so the drop did little to affect the game or his stat line. Later, Stafford missed Johnson on a 25 yard route where he was open on the sideline and would have likely been able to use his physicality to gain a decent amount of yards after the catch, but the two connected shortly thereafter on a 30 yard high-point grab by Johnson.
2015 Week 7 vs MIN (7 / 5 / 86 / 1 rec)
It was a tough day for Calvin Johnson, or at least got that way after the second quarter. Johnson had a very successful first half with several big catches, including a 1-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. On that play, Johnson did a great job of using his body to block out the defender, then reaching up and snatching the ball from the air for the score. The Vikings adjusted to that early scoring drive though and managed to send so much pressure at quarterback Matt Stafford that he was unable to give Johnson the time to get open. Johnson went the entirety of the third quarter without a target and then from the 12:52 mark to the 2:58 mark without one in the fourth as well. The problem was the Lions allowing too many sacks and too much pressure on Stafford. Johnson himself was fine, but that didn't do the team as much good as it could have because of the play of the offensive line.
2015 Week 6 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 166 / 1 rec)
The Detroit offense got back on track against Chicago, and it was largely due to the involvement of Calvin Johnson. For the first time this season, Detroit fans saw the Stafford-to-Johnson chemistry that has been so effective in the past. Stafford took several shots downfield to Johnson throughout this game and the placement seemed to be on for every one of them. Used in the intermediate passing routes as well, Johnson helped keep the offense moving when called upon. Johnson was able to cap off a very productive day with some stunning work at the end of overtime as well. With 3:30 left, Stafford hit Johnson on a fade route for 57 yards. Detroit continued to inch closer to the end zone and called it a game after Stafford found Johnson on a short slant for the game winning touchdown.
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 NewsLions | Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson go off (Thu Nov 26, 05:49 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson had a hay day Thursday, Nov. 26, against the Philadelphia Eagles. Stafford threw for 337 yards and five touchdowns, while Johnson caught eight passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns. Our View: As we expected, Stafford and Johnson both put up great numbers, though the game went sout hearlier and harder than we expected. This is what they are capable of if they could only be a bit more consistent.
Lions | Calvin Johnson active for Week 12 (Thu Nov 26, 11:16 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active Thursday, Nov. 26, against the Philadelphia Eagles. Our View: As expected, Johnson will be playing and should put up some solid WR1 numbers against a reeling Eagles defense.
link to story Lions | Calvin Johnson will play Thursday (Thu Nov 26, 08:42 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is expected to play Thursday, Nov. 26, against the Philadelphia Eagles. Our View: We suspected he wouldn't miss this game. Of course the danger is that he could be used as a distraction while Matt Stafford goes elsewhere. We feel confident that Stafford will throw at Johnson early and often though, so we still see him as a nice WR1 play on Thanksgiving.
link to story Lions | Calvin Johnson questionable (Wed Nov 25, 05:11 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday, Nov. 26. However, Johnson is expected to be available to play against the Eagles. Our View: We like Johnson in his normal WR1 spot in Week 12. Start him and enjoy what you see on Thanksgiving.
link to story Lions | Calvin Johnson limited again (Tue Nov 24, 05:36 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited for the second straight day Tuesday, Nov. 24. Our View: The team is going to take it easy on Johnson as they play on Thanksgiving. We like him as a WR1 (just like normal) against the Eagles in Week 12.
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