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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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Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, elbow) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 20, after sitting out Wednesday, Nov. 19.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 17): Johnson was treated for an elbow injury after the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further on Monday.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Everything looked choppy for the Lions offense in the passing game, but the Cardinals will do that to the opposition. Against the Patriots in Week 12, Johnson could be massive in his first game of his career in Foxboro.

General News (Fri Nov 21): partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Nov 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Nov 19): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 12: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Matthew Stafford managed to defeat the Dolphins two weeks ago with 25/40 for 280 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown (with three sacks taken for -19 yards). However, Arizona stifled his offense last week (18/30 for 183 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -19 yards) - even Calvin Johnson was off (12 targets for 5/59/0 receiving) during the 6-14 loss that featured zero points scored by either team during the second half. We'll see if Stafford and company can rev up their engines for this trip to Gillette Stadium - they were on idle during Week 11. New England has stomped Denver and Indianapolis by a margin of 22 points in each of their last two games - Peyton Manning threw for 34/57 for 429 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions while taking one sack for -9 yards two games back, while Andrew Luck tossed 23/39 for 303 yards passing, two TDs and one interception (with one sack taken for zero yards lost) last week. As you can see, the Patriots have outscored their opponents - the pass defense has merely survived the most recent two matchups, thanks to the offense. Stafford and company should have a solid game against the leaky New England pass D. Also, the rushing matchup is tough for Joique Bell and company, so Detroit will likely put the ball up a bunch in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs MIA 0 0 0 15 7 113 1 0
11 at ARI 0 0 0 12 5 59 0 0
12 at NE PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 7 * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 7 * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 8 * * *

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.


Latest News

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.

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Lions | Calvin Johnson limited (Thu Nov 20, 06:05 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, elbow) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 20, after sitting out Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Our View: Calvin Johnson will play against New England and reports have placed Brandon Browner - not Darrelle Revis (he's likely to cover Golden Tate) - covering him, which means he should still be a great WR1 play.
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Lions | Calvin Johnson sits out of practice (Wed Nov 19, 03:32 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (elbow) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Our View: Johnson should be available for the game against the Patriots on Sunday. Check back to make sure he participates in practice on Friday.
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Lions | Golden Tate slated for Revis Island (Wed Nov 19, 10:37 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate is expected to be covered by New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis, while CB Brandon Browner figures to cover WR Calvin Johnson in Week 12.

Our View: We're not overly excited about Tate this week against New England. Consider him more of a flex-level play...maybe even 'what the heck' flex level in this matchup against Revis.
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Lions | Golden Tate could draw Peterson matchup (Sun Nov 16, 08:59 AM) - Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate could be blanketed by Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson Sunday, Nov. 16. ESPN analyst Merrill Hoge thinks that Peterson is better suited to cover Tate, while CB Antonio Cromartie covers WR Calvin Johnson.

Our View: Tate's quickness would eat Cromartie up, so this might be the wise angle for the Cardinals. Still, if they can't pressure Matthew Stafford, it might be a long afternoon in Glendale.
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