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81 Calvin Johnson WR
Height/Weight: 6-5/236 | Birthdate: 9/29/1985 | Birthplace: Newnan, GA, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Georgia Tech | NFL Experience: 9 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 17.76
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Lions WR Calvin Johnson: I still have some good years left


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2015) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has dealt with some injuries throughout his career, which has kept him off the field at times and has prevented him from playing full seasons the last two years. 

He will turn 30 years old early in the 2015 season and while his receiving production has declined the last two seasons since his record-breaking year in 2012, the All-Pro receiver wants to let you know it's not time to overlook him.

"What did I miss, four, almost five games last year? Still came up with just over 1,000 (yards). I still have some (good years) left," he said, per the Detroit Free Press. "It's a mindset more than anything. If you have injuries, it's tough. But I'm feeling good right now."


Lions big names missing at OTA's: WR Johnson, DT Ngata


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) The Lions were without a couple of very important players at organized team activities on Thursday, per detroitnews.com.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata were both absent from practice.


Lions GM: I'm planning on Calvin Johnson being around a long time


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Lions general manager Martin Mayhew doesn't plan on losing star wide receiver Calvin Johnson anytime soon. 

"Man, Calvin's a stud," Mayhew said this week at the NFL combine. "Calvin's a great player. He's a phenomenal player, you know? He has a very bright future -- and a very bright past, you know? -- and I plan on him being around for a very long time."

Johnson is due $12.5 million in 2015 with a cap hit of $20.5 million and $15.9 million in 2016 with a $24 million cap hit. He and Matthew Stafford account for much of the Lions' salary. With Johnson dealing with more and more injuries, Mayhew could cut ties with him at some point. But he doesn't see that happening anytime soon.

"Sometimes guys get injured. It's not a big concern for me," Mayhew said. "He's tough. He gets out there and he plays. There was one game this year -- Buffalo -- where he gutted it out. He got out there, and unfortunately, he got another shot in that game in exactly in the same spot. Which was unfortunate."


Charles Tillman: Calvin Johnson still the best receiver in NFL


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) Though Calvin Johnson will turn 30 this September, one opposing cornerback still believes the Lions playmaker is still the best receiver in the game.

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman told MLive.com that Johnson, who finished outside of the top 10 in yards with 1,077, that he still is the top at his position.

"Arguably, the best receiver in the game today, in my opinion," Tillman said. "I go against him twice (a season), we match up well. And, yeah, you have to bring your big boy pants when you're going against Calvin Johnson."

Tillman also criticized those that think Johnson has fallen off as the league's best wideout.

"They're a bunch of dummies," he said. "Trust me."


Lions' Calvin Johnson wants to keep Ndamukong Suh in Detroit


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2015) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said he's willing to do just about anything to keep defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in a Lions uniform, reports MLive.com.

Suh is set to become a free agent in March if the Lions cannot reach a deal with him and Johnson said he wants Suh to remain a Lion.

"I'll do whatever I got to do," Johnson said.


Lions WR Calvin Johnson does not need offseason surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson indicated Saturday that he will not need to undergo offseason surgery, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Johnson had surgery on his ankle and finger last offseason, and while he missed three games due to injury in October, he played every game from November onward despite being limited by an ankle injury in practice. The Lions wide receiver finished with 71 receptions for 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.


Giants rookie Beckham replaces injured Megatron on Pro Bowl roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been named to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who is unable to play due to injury. Beckham will be the first Giants rookie to play in the Pro Bowl since tight end Jeremy Shockey in 2002.

"It is definitely awesome," Beckham said, per the team's official website. "It is something that means a lot to me, and I am definitely going to cherish the moment. I’m very excited to be going to the Pro Bowl.

"The goal (entering the season) is to be either in the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl. That is every year. That is something you want to be able to build on and put that on your resume. (We) didn’t end up making it to the Super Bowl, but I did get the invite to the Pro Bowl, so I am very excited and blessed for the opportunity."

Beckham had an outstanding rookie season, totaling 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.


Golden Tate, Calvin Johnson play well in Lions' Wild Card loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Lions wide receiver Golden Tate led his team with six receptions for 89 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 24-20 Wild Card loss to the Cowboys.

Tate was able to break free for a 51-yard touchdown early in the first quarter, catching a pass on a slant route as his defender fell down and running around another defender who took a bad angle to the receiver. He was held quiet in the second half, managing just two catches and nine yards after the break.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson also performed well in the loss, catching five of his targets for 85 yards. His big play came on a 28-yard reception early in the third quarter to put his team within field-goal range, but the Lions were unable to score after going up 20-7 after the kick.


Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) active vs. Cowboys


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active for Sunday's Wild Card matchup with the Cowboys after being listed as probable for the game on the team's final injury report.

Johnson was fully expected to be available and will serve as the team's top receiving threat in the playoff game. Defensive ends Ezekiel Ansah (toe) and Darryl Tapp (not injury related) are also active after being listed as probable to play. The Lions will be without two injured players Sunday: defensive tackle Nick Fairley and guard Larry Warford.

Detroit is a 6-point underdog in Dallas for Sunday's playoff game.


Lions list final injury report for playoff game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2015) The Lions have listed wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (toe) and defensive end Darryl Tapp (not injury related) as probable for Sunday's wild-card clash against the Cowboys.

Guard Larry Warford (knee) was ruled out, while defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) was labeled doubtful for Detroit's first playoff game since 2011.

The Lions are 6 1/2-point underdogs at Dallas. The line originally opened at 8 points in favor of the Cowboys.


Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) limited Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/31/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson (ankle) put in a limited practice Wednesday ahead of Sunday's playoff game at Dallas, reports the team's website. In 13 games, Johnson caught 71 passes for 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns, including five scores in the past five weeks.

Detroit is a 7-point underdog Sunday.


Lions' Calvin Johnson grabs a pair of touchdowns in loss to Packers


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson had four catches for 39 yards and two touchdowns in Detroit's 30-20 loss to the Packers Sunday.

Johnson caught touchdown passes of 20 and four yards respectively.

Johnson finishes the regular season with 71 catches for 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns. It was his sixth season with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

Johnson and the Lions will head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in the opening round of the NFC playoffs.


Lions head into Week 17 mostly healthy against the Packers


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Lions will be without defensive tackle Nick Fairley for Sunday's game against the Packers with a knee injury.

It will be Fairley's eighth straight week out of game action. 

Running back Joique Bell (Achilles), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) are all listed as probable.

The Lions are currently 7 1/2-point underdogs against the Packers for Week 17. 


Lions WR Calvin Johnson returns to practice


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/25/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson, held out Wednesday due to an ankle injury, returned to a limited practice Thursday ahead of Sunday's NFC North showdown at Green Bay. Johnson caught six passes for 82 yards in the first meeting with the Packers.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) held out Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/24/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was held out of practice Wednesday after practicing on a limited basis the previous three Wednesdays, reports MLive.com. Johnson has been dealing with ankle pain, and the website suggests he could just be getting extra rest.

Johnson is fully expected to play Sunday at Green Bay with the division title at stake. Detroit is an 8-point underdog.


Lions WR Johnson surpasses 1,000 again Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Lions prolific wideout Calvin Johnson didn't do much in the second half Sunday against the Bears, but he did earn his 44th career 100-yard game.

Johnson caught a 24-yarder in the fourth quarter to put him over the top. He finished with 103 yards on six receptions after starting on a roll. He had four catches for 61 yards in the first 18 minutes of play.

He now has 67 catches for 1,038 yards on the year, marking his fifth straight foray over 1,000 yards despite losing three games to injury. He will attempt to bolster those numbers next Sunday at Green Bay.


Lions give probables green light for Week 16


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) The Lions have cleared all their probables for their Sunday game against Chicago, including premier wideout Calvin Johnson (ankle). Among the other significant proables given the thumbs-up are linebacker Ashlee Palmer (quad) and guard Rob Sims (illness).


Lions unveil final injury report for Chicago game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Lions ruled defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) out and cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) questionable for Sunday's contest against the Bears.

Meanwhile, safety Don Carey (ankle), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), defensive end George Johnson (illness), defensive tackle C.J. Mosley (not injury related), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (quad) and guard Rob Sims (illness) were labeled as probable.


Lions WR Calvin Johnson puts in limited practice


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/17/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday ahead of his Week 16 visit to Chicago. Johnson has caught 23 balls for 357 yards and three touchdowns over the past three weeks, and is not expected to be limited in any way Sunday.

The Bears rank 31st in passing defense, giving up 272 yards per game. They've given up a league-high 33 passing touchdowns.

Detroit is favored by 6.5 or 7 points at Vegas sportsbooks.


Lions passing game goes missing again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2014) Though the Vikings hadn't been so great against the pass recently, allowing an average of 246.8 passing yards to the last four quarterbacks they faced, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made sure their No. 6 ranking against the pass this year held up Week 15 in Detroit, failing to reach even the 185 yards he had against them back in Week 6. He finished with a season-low 153 yards on 17-of-28 passing, throwing for just one touchdown.

This after back-to-back games with 300-plus passing yards in which he threw for a combined five touchdowns. Not even the great Calvin Johnson, who was absent for the previous meeting with the Vikings, could redeem Stafford in this one. He had 53 yards after averaging 152.0 yards the previous two weeks.

Of course, the Lions faced the Bears and Buccaneers in those two weeks, or the league's 24th- and 30th-ranked pass defenses heading into Week 15. The Vikings are certainly better than them. Still, for as few yards as they had allowed through the air, the touchdown-to-interception ratio against them was nothing foreboding. It didn't seem like an unfavorable matchup.

But with Stafford, if the numbers say it's an unfavorable matchup, it's an unfavorable matchup. He's been the most predictable quarterback in Fantasy this season; we just keep making it harder than it needs to be. The good news is that in Week 16 he'll be facing those same Bears that he torched in Week 13, so you'll want to keep him active if you're still alive in Fantasy.


Lions' Calvin Johnson limited Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Lions wideout Calvin Johnson turned in an average performance Week 15 against the Vikings.

Johnson hauled in four passes, gaining 53 yards. Though his performance was less than optimal, Johnson still led the team in receiving for the week. While quarterback Matthew Stafford was effective during the game, there weren't a lot of opportunities for big plays. Johnson was hurt by that, with his longest catch going for 23 yards. 

Johnson will look for more Week 16 against the Bears.


Lions will have Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh for Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) The Lions will have wideout Calvin Johnson and defesive tackle Ndamukong Suh for Week 15.

Both players entered the game considered probable, and were always expected to play. Johnson is listed with an ankle injury. Suh is dealing with an illness. 

The team will also have Josh Bynes, James Ihedigbo, Darius Slay and LaAdrian Waddle. All four players were considered probable for the contest. 


Lions unveil final injury report for Week 15


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's clash against the Vikings, according to the team's final injury report released on Friday. Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and linebacker Tahir Whitehead (shoulder) were deemed questionable.

Meanwhile, linebacker Josh Bynes (illness), safety James Ihedigbo (illness), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (illness), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), cornerback Darius Slay (shoulder) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) were ruled probable for Week 15.


Calvin Johnson continues hot streak with 158 yards in Week 14


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson hauled in eight balls for 158 yards and a touchdown in Week 14's win over Tampa Bay. 

Johnson got on the scoreboard early when he caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford in the first quarter. Johnson continued to burn the Buccaneers' secondary, including a 53 yard catch late in the first half. 

Johnson now has 43 100-yard receiving games in his career, only Randy Moss, 45, has more in the first eight seasons of his career. 

The Lions will take on the Vikings in Week 15. 


Lions list Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson as probable Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) The Lions declared running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) as probable for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Both were able to fully participate in practice Friday.

Also listed as probable were Theo Riddick, Reily Reiff and Larry Warford. Nick Fairley was the only player listed as out.