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Calvin Johnson | Wide Receiver

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 237
College: Georgia Tech
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Calvin Johnson caught 7-of-11 targets for 56 yards in the Lions' 13-10, Week 4 loss to the Seahawks on Monday night.
It should have been seven catches for 57 yards and one touchdown for Johnson, but with under two minutes left to play in the fourth quarter, Johnson caught a pass around the five-yard line and was heading into the end zone for the game-winning 11-yard touchdown before Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor came from behind and punched the ball out just before Megatron crossed the goal line. The ball went through the back of the end zone and the Seahawks were able to hang on for the 13-10 win. Earlier in the game, Johnson had a step on Seahawks RCB Cary Williams down the sideline, but Matthew Stafford missed him for what could have been a big gain. Through four games, Johnson is on pace for a 108-1,020-4 receiving line on 176 targets. He's a good buy-low target and should flirt with 8-10 touchdowns. The Lions host Arizona in Week 5. Oct 5 - 11:23 PM

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Calvin Johnson has been targeted by throws which traveled more than 15 yards in the air just three times this season.

Johnson has never had fewer than 44 "deep" targets over an entire season in his career. The Lions' offensive line concerns have prevented the team from taking deep shots to their best playmaker, and as a result Johnson is averaging just under 10 yards per reception this season. He has never averaged less than 14.5 in his career. Megatron is still being fed targets, but the Lions have to get him more involved downfield for their offense to be successful.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 8:58 AM

Calvin Johnson secured 8-of-13 targets for 77 yards in Week 3 against the Broncos.

Johnson was mostly held in check by CB Aqib Talib. His longest gain was a 25-yard catch. After a nondescript opener, Johnson has 10-plus targets in each of the last two games. Johnson will be a low-end WR1 against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks in Week 4.
Sep 28 - 1:37 AM

Calvin Johnson caught 10-of-17 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown Week 2 against the Vikings.

Johnson had just three catches for 25 yards at the half, but Matthew Stafford consistently found his No. 1 receiver while the Lions' were in catch-up mode in the second half. Johnson did not make any chunk plays, but his touchdown was a vintage toe tap along the sideline with less than a minute left in the first half. Johnson has not been explosive through two games, but he still has the ability to win consistently in contested situations and the Lions do not have many other options in the passing game. He will remain a WR1 next week against the Broncos.
Sep 20 - 5:53 PM

The Lions blamed game flow in Week 1 for Calvin Johnson seeing only four targets.

"We had 47 reps, 40 before the 2-minute drive," OC Joe Lombardi said. "We certainly had plays that he’s the primary, and for whatever reason, the situation didn’t work out where he was the guy to throw to. I think if we had our 60 normal reps, you would’ve seen the ball go to him a few more times." Look for the Lions to make a greater effort to get the ball in Megatron's hands Week 2 against the Vikings, though it might not be smooth sailing. The Vikings may use budding star RCB Xavier Rhodes to shadow Johnson. He's still a WR1.
Sep 18 - 9:28 AM

Calvin Johnson caught 2-of-4 targets for 39 yards Week 1 against the Chargers.

Johnson had only two targets and one catch before a meaningless final drive. Johnson was hurt by the Lions' inability to sustain drives in the second half and the Chargers' bracket coverage, but he also did not pop off the screen like the Megatron of old. After not playing any preseason snaps, it is possible Johnson needed to knock some rust off. He should still be considered a WR1 next week against the Vikings.
Sep 13 - 7:51 PM

Calvin Johnson won’t play in Detroit’s third preseason game.

Johnson is expected to sit out the entire preseason. He’s fully over his 2014 ankle issues, but the Lions are resting him in an effort to keep him healthy. Johnson is No. 12 overall in Rotoworld’s Preseason Top 200.
Aug 26 - 5:19 PM

The Lions have no plans to manage Calvin Johnson's snaps this season.

One month shy of his 30th birthday, Megatron was banged up for the majority of 2014, but is back to 100 percent. Johnson has missed five combined games over the past two seasons, but the Lions don't want to scale back their all-world WR1 while he's still in his prime.
Aug 25 - 5:17 PM

Calvin Johnson said the Lions' offense is "100 percent better than last year at this time."

It took the Lions a year to acclimate to Joe Lombardi's new offense, but now they seem to be firing on all cylinders. It doesn't hurt that Megatron is the healthiest he's been in years. "I feel good, man, I'm in a good place right now," said Johnson. "I had a whole offseason to heal up." An obvious WR1, Johnson went over 1,000 yards last season despite missing three games with an ankle injury.
Jun 21 - 10:08 AM

Lance Moore said Calvin Johnson's potential is "pretty crazy, a second year in this offense."

Moore is qualified to speak on the Joe Lombardi scheme after spending the first eight years of his career in New Orleans, where Lombardi learned the ropes. Johnson can play the Marques Colston "big slot" role and also still dominate on the outside. Despite missing three games last year and being hobbled in others, Megatron finished as fantasy's No. 14 wideout. Even if he's 5-10 percent off his career peak, Johnson brings upside in Round 2 of fantasy drafts.
Jun 9 - 10:03 AM

Calvin Johnson returned to practice on Monday.

He missed last week's OTAs for personal reasons. Johnson was hobbled by an ankle injury last year but still managed to reach 1,000 yards receiving for the fifth consecutive season. With Johnson back as the go-to receiver, fantasy owners would be wise to lower their expectations for Golden Tate.
Jun 8 - 3:38 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew has not approached Calvin Johnson about restructuring his deal.

Johnson is scheduled for a $20.55 million cap hit in 2015. The Lions could restructure that to free up space for Ndamukong Suh, but Mayhew doesn't seem open to that idea. Johnson is a franchise cornerstone and deserves to be paid like one. The same could be said of Suh as he approaches free agency.
Feb 24 - 1:02 PM

Calvin Johnson will not need offseason surgery.

It's good news for Megatron, who underwent finger and ankle surgery last offseason. Turning 30 next September, Johnson should have at least 1-2 year left of top-end wide receiver play. "Feeling good," Johnson said on Saturday. "Coming along. I'm not 100 (percent) yet, but that's what the offseason's for, to get right. So reload and get ready for next year."
Feb 1 - 1:24 PM

Calvin Johnson reeled in 5-of-8 targets for 85 yards in the Lions' Wild Card Round loss to Dallas.

Targeted four times in the first half, Megatron registered gains of 11, 8, and 19. He was primarily matched up with Brandon Carr in this game. Megatron finally got loose for a big play on Carr in the third quarter, gaining 28 up the left sideline. Johnson again whipped Carr for a 19-yard gain on third-and-eight in the fourth quarter. Megatron completed his age-29 regular season with a 71-1,077-8 receiving line, missing three games due to injury and operating as a decoy in several others. He'll turn 30 next September. Dynasty owners may want to look to "sell" this offseason, as big wide receivers like Megatron (6'5/236) tend to age more poorly than smaller ones. We do believe Johnson has 1-2 years left of WR1 performance.
Jan 4 - 8:17 PM

Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Johnson rarely goes "full" on Wednesdays. He'll be ready to rock in a plus matchup against poor Dallas corners Brandon Carr and Sterling Moore.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 04:03:00 PM

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QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
RB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3Theo Riddick
4Zach Zenner
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Corey Fuller
3T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Lance Moore
WR31Corey Fuller
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Tim Wright
LT1Riley Reiff
2Corey Robinson
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Taylor Boggs
C1Travis Swanson
RG1Manuel Ramirez
2Larry Warford
RT1Cornelius Lucas
2LaAdrian Waddle
K1Matt Prater