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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: 8 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 7.49
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Calvin Johnson has quiet Week 2


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson played well in Week 2 at Carolina, but he didn't have a dominant game against the Panthers.

Johnson had six catches for 83 yards on 13 targets. He nearly came down with a touchdown, but he failed to score his third touchdown of the season.

Johnson will look to get back to posting monster stats in Week 3 against Green Bay.


Calvin Johnson scores twice in vintage opening-week performance


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson had another monster performance, scoring twice during Monday's season opener at home against the Giants in Week 1.

Johnson made it look easy against New York's secondary. Matthew Stafford somehow found Johnson absolutely wide open for a 67-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game. He then made a leaping grab for a 16-yard touchdown on the following drive. Johnson caught seven of the 11 passes thrown his way for 164 yards and a touchdown, averaging 23.4 yards per grab in a 35-14 victory.

Since the start of the 2010 season, Johnson has an NFL-best 21 touchdown receptions on passes thrown 15-plus yards downfield. He has also cracked the 100-yard mark in 22 of his past 34 games. Johnson surpassed the 150-yard mark for the 13th time in his career.

He'll look to build on his opening week performance come Week 2 at Carolina.

Calvin Johnson seeking revenge game Week 1 vs. Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson had one of his worst performances of the season last year against the Giants. He'll be seeking a revenge game at home in Week 1.

Part of the reason why Johnson disappeared in a Week 16 meeting against New York last season was because of his nagging knee injury. In that meeting he was targeted four times and finished with three receptions for 43 yards in the first half, ending the game without a pass thrown his way in the second half and overtime. Johnson is finally back at 100 percent and has been practicing regularly leading up to the opener, so things should be a little different this time around.

Johnson cracked the 100-yard mark seven times last season, four of which came at Ford Field. As always, regardless of the matchup, Johnson is an elite Fantasy option and should be in the starting lineup at all times. After all, you didn't draft him the first round to keep him on the bench.


Calvin Johnson plans to practice regularly this season


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Due to knee and finger injuries, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was barely practicing by the end of last season. He said things will be different this year because his body "feels good," reports the Detroit Free Press.

Johnson participated in nearly every training camp practice. Practicing regularly during the season will help his timing with quarterback Matthew Stafford, said Johnson, who expects to get back over 1,500 receiving yards.

"We're definitely going to see, but I've done it before so you can't say that it's out of reach," Johnson said. "But like I said, our biggest thing is to win and win our division."

Lions sit out several starters for preseason finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The following starters will not suit up for the Lions Thursday night against the Bills: Quarterback Matthew Stafford, receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, running back Reggie Bush, center Dominic Raiola, guard Rob Sims and tight end Brandon Pettigrew, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, cornerback Rashean Mathis, defensive end Jason Jones, safeties James Ihedigbo and Don Carey and linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

Calvin Johnson has two grabs in preseason debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson made his preseason debut Friday night against Jacksonville. Johnson wore a protective splint on his finger and was limited two catches, both of which came in the opening quarter. He was targeted three times and finished with two grabs for 27 yards. 

Calvin Johnson to wear protective splint


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) When Lions receiver Calvin Johnson makes his preseason debut Friday against the Jaguars, he'll be wearing a protective splint on the finger that required offseason surgery, reports MLive.com. "It doesn't affect me," Johnson said.

"Doctors did a great job making the thing so that it doesn't affect the way I catch the ball. We'll give it a go and see how it feels."

Johnson, who also had offseason knee surgery, dealt with knee pain much of last season. He said the way his body feels now, compared to the end of last season, is "night and day."


Calvin Johnson to 'move around a lot this year'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said receiver Calvin Johnson will "move around a lot this year: Inside and outside and motion," reports the team's website. Johnson caught 16 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns out of the slot last season.

Calvin Johnson likely to make preseason debut Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will likely make his preseason debut Friday against the Jaguars, according to the Detroit Free Press on Saturday. Johnson sat out the first two preseason games because the Lions are wary of overworking the All-Pro wideout after injuries cost him two regular season games in 2013.

"I'll get some burn this game," Johnson said.

Quarterback: I don't care if Calvin Johnson sits entire preseason


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Lions stud wideout Calvin Johnson has yet to play a down in the preseason - and quarterback Matthew Stafford claims he doesn't care if he remains nothing more than an interested viewer in the last two exhibition games.

"We've been practicing quite a bit," Stafford explained to the Detroit Free Press. "There's obviously a difference between practice and the game, there's no question. But Calvin and the decision makers need to do what's best for him and make sure that he's feeling as good as he can possibly feel come Game 1. ... We can talk and get a lot of things done verbally and on the practice field."

The Lions are wary of Johnson overworking in the preseason after injuries cost him two regular season games in 2013.


Lions reveal inactives for preseason game vs. Oakland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) According to the Detroit News, the following players will not suit up for the Lions Friday night against the Raiders in preseason action: wide receiver Calvin Johnson, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and wide receiver T.J. Jones.

Calvin Johnson 'making jaw-dropping plays' daily


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has been "making jaw-dropping plays essentially every day" in camp, reports ESPN.com. Megatron looks fully healed from his offseason knee and finger surgeries, the report said.

In 14 games last year, Johnson caught 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns.


Calvin Johnson held out of preseason opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will not suit up for the team's preseason opener against the Browns, as the team attempts to limit his reps in the exhibition schedule.

Johnson is recovered from a season of knee trouble, but the team opted to hold him out with the starters expected to play just a few snaps in total anyways. He should see the field at some point in the team's second or third preseason games. 


Calvin Johnson could rest for preseason opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was on the field for Friday's non-contact practice, but his availability for Saturday's preseason opener against the Browns is in doubt.  

According to MLive.com, Johnson is finally healthy after fighting through a knee issue all last season, and the team is planning to be very cautious with its star wideout. Johnson could be available for Saturday's game, but he might be held out of action even though the offense would likely play just a few snaps. 


Calvin Johnson's targets expected to drop


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Lions added receiving weapons in the offseason that should result in fewer targets for Calvin Johnson, reports MLive.com. Johnson was targeted 157 times in 14 games last year, after drawing a league-high 204 targets in 2012.

"Shoot, we just need to get wins. That's all that counts," Johnson said. "We get more wins, I'm happy either way. I'm fine with that. Whatever coach needs me to do, I'll do it."

The website notes Johnson is being used at both outside receiver positions and in the slot this year. "I'm trying to learn everything," Johnson said. "It's a little learning curve. You sit there in the huddle and you have to think about it a second longer than you want to.

"But in the end, I'm learning everything so I can go play every position whenever coach needs me to. I think it'll benefit the team."


Calvin Johnson to be better in 2014?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) The Oakland Press expects Lions receiver Calvin Johnson to be better in 2014 for three reasons:

Johnson is healthier after undergoing offseason knee and finger procedures, so he'll be able to practice more than he did in 2013. Defenses will have to worry about receiver Golden Tate and rookie tight end Eric Ebron. And Johnson should benefit from new ideas brought in by coordinator Joe Lombardi.

In 14 games last year, Johnson caught 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns.


Calvin Johnson back to old self


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2014) During the Lions mandatory minicamp practice Tuesday, the player of the day was receiver Calvin Johnson, reports ESPN.

The report says Johnson "looked like his normal self for the first time all spring." He caught essentially everything that was thrown to him throughout the day, ran crisp routes and "crushed pretty much all of the Lions defensive backs when he was matched up with them."

Johnson had an offseason procedure on his knee, but he apparently wasn't bothered by it with the start of minicamp.


Calvin Johnson had knee drained weekly last year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is feeling much better after offseason procedures on his knee and finger, reports MLive.com. Last year he had his knee drained weekly and his finger was stuck at a 90-degree angle. The injuries sidelined or limited him at 38 practices, the report said.

"I'm feeling good," Johnson said after Wednesday's OTA practice. "Knee's feeling good, hand's feeling good, so I can't complain."

Missing so much practice time hurt his performance, Johnson said. "You kind of lose your wind a little bit," he told the website. "You know the plays, but I feel you have to be able to practice to go out there and play at your best. I'm a firm believer in that."

In 14 games, Johnson caught 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns. "I'm not going to play if I can't run," Johnson said. "It might have been painful, but I could still go out there and still play."


Report: Calvin Johnson looked 'rusty'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) Calvin Johnson looked "rusty" at a Lions minicamp practice on Wednesday, dropping several passes according to MLive.com. He also collided with a defensive back but was able to finish practice. But according to the site that rust did not apply to his speed or changing direction.

The website believes there's "no reason to sound any alarms."


Calvin Johnson's knee looks fine at OTAs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, who underwent offseason knee surgery, "showed no noticeable issue accelerating or changing direction" at OTAs on Wednesday, reports MLive.com. Johnson did drop several catchable passes, but "he's still the best receiver in the game, so no reason to sound any alarms," the report said.

Eric Ebron will lessen burden on Calvin Johnson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) New Lions tight end Eric Ebron , a 6-4, 250-pounder who runs a 4.56 forty, will join free-agent acquisition Golden Tate in easing the burden on wideout Calvin Johnson, reports the team's website. "Ebron’s role will be to stretch the field and help force defenses to do something other than load up their coverage to stop Calvin Johnson," the website said.

Charlie Sanders, the Lions’ Hall of Fame tight end and a member of the pro personnel department, described Ebron as a big wideout playing tight end. "That’s what he is. He creates some problems for the defense. He’s special. He has great hands. He creates matchup problems. Any time you create matchup problems, you’re special," Sanders said.

"He’s different. He can do things that a lot of the teams have no answer for."


The Lions offense is going to be awesome


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) So it appeared for weeks the Lions wanted to move up to select receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Maybe they didn't offer enough to jump up to No. 4 like the Bills, who drafted Watkins. Or maybe they were hoping if they stayed put at No. 10 that an elite player would land in their lap.

That's what happened on Thursday night when they drafted tight end Eric Ebron from North Carolina.

Think about this offense now. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and now Ebron. The only downside about this pick is Joseph Fauria loses all sleeper appeal, but we can live with that. He'll still score a few touchdowns, but Ebron could be a star.

You can't double cover him because of Johnson and Tate, and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi comes from New Orleans, where Jimmy Graham was a dominant force. The Lions wanted an upgrade at tight end, and Ebron is the answer.

He should be considered a potential starter in all Fantasy leagues with a late-round pick, and he's a late first-round selection in rookie-only drafts. The Lions are going to be fun to watch in 2014. 


Calvin Johnson on knee: 'It's definitely coming around'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson attended but did not participate in the team's minicamp last week as he recovers from knee and finger surgeries, reports the Detroit Free Press. The Lions begin OTAs on May 20, but it's unclear if Johnson will be ready by then.

“It feels good,” he said of his right knee. “It’s definitely coming around. We’ve got all this time right now to get it strong, take our time. There’s no need to rush back."


Lions eyeing Golden Tate


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Lions are interested in free agent receiver Golden Tate as a complement to Calvin Johnson, reports NFL Network. Tate has said he'd like to return to the Seahawks, but it's unclear if they've made him a substantial offer.

Jim Caldwell: 'Extremely important' to find No. 2 receiver


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) New coach Jim Caldwell called it "extremely important" for the Lions to find a receiver to play opposite Calvin Johnson.

“He’s one that’s going to draw a little extra attention, in terms of double coverage, like he’s always done,” Caldwell said. “And with that being the case, we have to find a way to make certain whoever’s on the other side that may be getting singled in some situations can do some damage against the defenders.

“I think that’s extremely important, so I think that’s something that, obviously, we’ve taken a good, hard look at and, one way or another, we’re going to come up with a guy that’s going to give us some balance in that area.”

Kris Durham is an exclusive-rights free agent who's expected to return, reports the Detroit Free Press, but the Lions don't view him as a No. 2 receiver.