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Calvin Johnson | Wide Receiver

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 236
College: Georgia Tech
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Coach Jim Caldwell confirmed Calvin Johnson (ankle) was essentially used as a decoy in Sunday's win over the Jets.
Johnson laughed when asked if he was even 90 percent. "They still had to account for him," Caldwell said after Megatron posted 2-12-0 on two targets. "We might not have done all of the things that we normally do with him. We just tried to make certain we stayed within the framework of what he could do physically." Johnson said his ankle has been improving all week and he expects more good progress ahead of Week 5. At least he didn't suffer a setback. Sep 28 - 9:09 PM

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Calvin Johnson caught two passes for 12 yards against the Jets.

The two catches were Johnson's only targets of the day. Johnson was on the field for around half the Lions' offensive snaps, and was used primarily has a decoy whenever he was on the field. It was a disappointing day, but the good news is Johnson avoided any setbacks. He should be ready to rock against the Bills Week 5. Johnson is on pace for 84 catches for 1,364 yards and 8 touchdowns. He is a good bet to surpass those numbers.
Sep 28 - 4:21 PM

Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active for the Lions' Week 4 matchup with the Jets.

Johnson may be limited after doing very little in practice this week, but he is a must-start option against the Jets' struggling secondary. He is our No. 1 receiver play this week.
Sep 28 - 11:43 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Calvin Johnson (ankle) will be active for Week 4 against the Jets.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport also reports Megatron will play Sunday. After doing very little in practice this week, it's fair to wonder just how involved Johnson will be. But we have to play him against a weak Jets secondary where Johnson could see plenty of single-coverage. He's our No. 1 receiver play this week.
Sep 28 - 9:01 AM

After returning to a "limited" practice on Friday, Calvin Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Jets.

The Lions' website calls Johnson's Friday return to the practice field "a good sign he’s trending toward playing on Sunday." Added Matthew Stafford, "It was good to see him moving around a little bit." Johnson appears likely to play against the Jets, but his availability can't be taken for granted because he barely practiced this week. Check back Sunday for official confirmation.
Sep 26 - 4:00 PM

Calvin Johnson (ankle) returned to Lions practice on Friday.

Megatron sat out Wednesday and Thursday. Although there wasn't much concern about Johnson's status for Week 4 against the Jets, we feel much more comfortable now that he's back on the field. He's our No. 1 receiver play this week against a Jets defense that is hemorrhaging points to opposing receivers.
Sep 26 - 11:36 AM

Calvin Johnson (ankle) remained out of Lions practice Thursday.

We'd like to say there's nothing to worry about, but Megatron burned fantasy owners last Week 5 when he was a shock inactive with a knee issue. We still fully expect Johnson to play, but last season proved his status cannot be taken for granted. The situation will be updated no later than Friday afternoon.
Sep 25 - 2:44 PM

Calvin Johnson (ankle) could get reduced practice reps this week.

Johnson injured his ankle late in Sunday's win over the Packers. He didn't practice on Wednesday, but doesn't expect to be held out of Week 4. Johnson should be a top-three start against the Jets' secondary.
Sep 24 - 2:18 PM

Calvin Johnson caught 6-of-10 targets for 82 yards in the Lions' Week 3 win over the Packers.

Megatron was the intended target on one of Matthew Stafford's two picks, getting overthrown in the red zone on a miscue that gave the Packers the ball at their own one-yard line. There just weren't many yards to be had in a game that was surprisingly knock down, drag out. It says all you need to know about Johnson that his off day featured 82 yards. He's going to eat against the Jets' undermanned secondary in Week 4.
Sep 21 - 4:47 PM

Calvin Johnson secured 6-of-13 targets for 83 yards in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

Johnson "caught" a 40-plus-yard touchdown pass, but it was overruled by the "Calvin Johnson rule." Such is life for the best receiver in the game. Megatron owners should still feel good about this stat line, as he remained productive in a game where the Lions' offense managed very little as a unit. Expect Johnson to go wild against the Packers sieve-like defense in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 5:15 PM

Calvin Johnson caught seven passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' Week 1, 35-14 stomping of the Giants on Monday night.

Megatron was targeted a game-high 11 times and dominated the first quarter when he busted loose for both touchdowns. The first was a 67-yard score where he out-hustled Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and got behind the defense WIDE OPEN on a play Matthew Stafford extended outside the pocket. The second score was a heckuva catch where Johnson laid out in the back of the end zone to reel it in. Locked in as a top-three WR1, Megatron gets the Panthers in Week 2. He's going to continue to feast in new OC Joe Lombardi's offense.
Sep 8 - 10:13 PM

Calvin Johnson participated in almost every practice during training camp.

Johnson, still just 28 years old for another 26 days, is as healthy as he's been in recent memory. The knee and finger issues that nagged at him over the last couple years are gone. Megatron doesn't even expect to take Wednesdays off this season, as he so regularly did under Jim Schwartz.
Sep 3 - 7:49 AM

Calvin Johnson had two catches for 27 yards in his preseason debut Friday night.

He was targeted three times in the passing game. The Lions rested Johnson in their first two preseason games as a precaution, but he looked fully healthy. Johnson is unlikely to play in Detroit's preseason finale.
Aug 23 - 12:06 AM

New OC Joe Lombardi said Calvin Johnson will be moved around the formation a lot this season.

Perhaps losing Scott Linehan would be a concern for Calvin's stock if he wasn't gaining a creative Sean Payton disciple in Lombardi. Megatron will play inside, outside and go in motion in an effort to keep defensive attention off him. Still only 28 years old, he's a strong bet to go over 1,400 receiving yards for the fourth straight season.
Aug 20 - 10:36 AM

Calvin Johnson (knee, finger) is inactive for Friday night's preseason game.

The Lions have been managing Johnson's practice reps and will hold him out of their first two preseason games. He should be active for next week's dress rehearsal against Jacksonville. Kris Durham will replace Johnson in the lineup.
Aug 15 - 8:39 PM

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