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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%: 100/93 | Average Draft Position: 6.54
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Calvin Johnson's targets expected to drop


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:46 pm ET) 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.


Lions expected to add at least two receivers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) "Tenuously thin" at wideout, the Lions are expected to add at least two receivers this offseason, reports MLive.com. One of those will be expected to start opposite Calvin Johnson.

"I'd like big and fast," new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi told the website when asked if he preferred size or speed in a No. 2 receiver. "But listen, if I was going to give a stock answer, I know what Calvin can do, how he can stretch the field, what his strengths are. I don't really know what his weaknesses are right now, but I'm sure, maybe there's something. So, you would say, 'Well, someone to work underneath?' You know, that would be an easy answer."

Kris Durham ended up as the No. 2 wideout most of last season, producing 490 receiving yards. The Lions clearly need "a more dynamic player" in that role, the report said.

Receiver Nate Burleson has said he'll take a pay cut to return, but there's no guarantee the sides will agree on a deal, according to the report.


Lions concerned about wear and tear on Calvin Johnson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) In the past two years, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has dealt with two separate knee problems, an ankle injury and a mangled finger that required offseason surgery, reports the team's website. New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is well aware of that history and wants to limit the wear and tear on his best player.

“It’s something that, you know, I don’t want to call it a pitch count, but you’re always cognizant of how much are these guys running in practice, how many hits they are taking, who is coming across the middle to catch this pass that's going to possibly get him hit," Lombardi said.

The Lions can start easing the burden on Johnson by adding quality receivers through the draft or free agency.


Calvin Johnson has taken 'such a beating' last two years


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) With two defenders routinely covering Calvin Johnson and a third ready to hit him as soon as he touches the ball, the Lions receiver has taken "such a beating the last couple of years," according to the team's website. That's why Detroit is so intent on adding one or two receivers this offseason.

"It’s a good thing if a new receiver can operate in the slot, but it’s more important that he’s a standalone talent who can command coverage and make defenses concentrate on someone other than Johnson," the website said.

Johnson missed two games this season with a knee injury and also played through a finger injury. Both injuries required surgery.


Calvin Johnson's injured finger was 'perpendicular'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson played the entire 2013 season with an injured finger that "was really pointing perpendicular from his body," general manager Martin Mayhew told MLive.com. "He's trying to catch the ball (awkwardly). He would never complain about that, but that was certainly a factor I think in the way he played."

Johnson had two big drops in a Week 15 Monday night loss to the Ravens, and he finished with eight drops in 14 games. Johnson underwent surgery on the finger and had arthroscopic knee surgery shortly after the season.


Calvin Johnson had knee, finger surgeries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson underwent surgery on his finger in addition to a scope on his right knee last week, reports the Detroit News. The knee injury kept Johnson out of two games this season.

Lions need major upgrade at receiver


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) Lions wideouts not named Calvin Johnson were a big disappointment in 2013, underlining the team's need to upgrade at the position, according to MLive.com.

Nate Burleson made a splash after returning from his broken forearm, then faded badly, catching 13 passes over the final five games. Ryan Broyles tore his Achilles tendon and finished the season with eight catches. Kris Durham played more snaps than any Detroit receiver and "underwhelmed," catching 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns while dropping 10 throws.

Burleson, set to earn $5.5 million in 2014, likely will be asked to take a big pay cut.


Calvin Johnson pulls out of Pro Bowl


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has pulled out of the Pro Bowl.

Johnson is dealing with a knee injury that bothered him for most of the season. He only missed Week 17, after the Lions were out of the playoff race. He'll be replaced by Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery. Johnson was expected to have knee surgery in early January.


Two Lions named to the All Pro team


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) Lions WR Calvin Johnson and DT Ndamukong Suh were named to the All Pro team.

Johnson played through a knee injury most of the year, but still put up 1492 yards and 12 touchdowns. Suh racked up 5.5 sacks in 16 games.


Calvin Johnson 'probably' needs knee surgery


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/30/2013) Lions coach Jim Schwartz admitted following the team's Week 17 loss at Minnesota that receiver Calvin Johnson will "probably" need surgery on his right knee according to the Detroit Free Press. He didn't play in the team's last game and struggled through Weeks 14, 15 and 16, totaling 12 catches for 193 yards and no touchdowns in that span. 

Johnson still ended the 2013 season with 84 catches for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns. 


Lions inactives Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Lions have made QB Kellen Moore, CB Chris Houston, CB Bill Bentley, CB Jonte Green, OL Dylan Gandy, OL LaAdrian Waddle and WR Calvin Johnson inactive Week 17.

Johnson is not going to play through a knee injury. Houston and Bentley came into the week listed as doubtful. 


Calvin Johnson inactive Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Lions WR Calvin Johnson is inactive Week 17 against the Vikings.

Johnson has been battling a knee injury throughout most of the season, and did not practice the entire week. The team has nothing to play for, so Johnson will rest the injury. There have been reports that Johnson could need offseason surgery.


Calvin Johnson not warming up with receivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is not warming up with wide receivers prior to the Week 17 meeting with the Vikings.

Johnson's lack of participation is irregular, and doesn't bode well for him playing. The team has yet to release their inactive list, but it appears Johnson will either sit out, or be extremely limited if he's active. 


Report: Calvin Johnson needs knee surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson's sprained knee might require surgery in the offseason, reports ESPN.com Sunday.

Johnson has been playing through knee trouble for much of the season, and the report indicates part of the issue is with loose bodies in the knee. Doctors are recommending surgery once the season ends to clean the knee out, but a decision has not yet been made.

Johnson may not be able to play in Week 17 against the Vikings, as he is officially questionable for the season finale. Despite the injury, Johnson is still second in the league in receiving yards with 1,492 on 84 receptions, and has 12 touchdowns as well. 


NFL reveals offensive players for Pro Bowl


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The NFL announced Friday the rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The league will hold a draft on Jan. 22 where Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will select their respective squads for the annual all-star game.

Quarterback: Tom Brady, Patriots; Drew Brees, Saints; Peyton Manning, Broncos; Cam Newton, Panthers; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Russell Wilson, Seahawks.

Running back: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings.

Fullback: Marcel Reece, Raiders; Mike Tolbert, Panthers.

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; Demaryius Thomas Broncos.

Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Browns; Vernon Davis, 49ers; Jimmy Graham, Saints; Julius Thomas, Broncos.

Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.

Center: Ryan Kalil, Panthers; Alex Mack, Browns; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Max Unger, Seahawks.