Thursday, September 5, 2013
Morning Roar: Will Johnson hit 2,000?
By Michael Rothstein
Good morning and ROOOOAARRR!!!!
During his conference call with Detroit media on Wednesday morning, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier was asked whether or not it was realistic for Calvin Johnson to reach 2,000 yards receiving this season.
Johnson is the best receiver in the game. He was close to the mark last season, finishing with 1,964 yards. With his ability, one or two broken tackles could have been the difference.
This season, though, it will likely be a much harder goal to accomplish, and that has nothing to do with Johnson. It has everything to do with the rest of the Lions.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has more options available to him this season, most notably new acquisition Reggie Bush. The running back and do-everything player could easily take receptions away from Johnson and likely yards from him as well.
Of course, none of this is a bad thing because Bush's presence could open up Johnson -- along with Nate Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew, Ryan Broyles and others -- for bigger plays.
Consider that last season, when Johnson had his big year, the Lions' next-leading receiver was Pettigrew, who caught 59 passes, followed by Joique Bell, who had 52 catches. Bush may reach a reception number closer to their combined 111 catches than Pettigrew's 59. So there may not be enough plays in the offense for Johnson to repeat the feat, even if he ends up having a season as good or better than 2012.
But with teams having to pay attention to Johnson and Bush, there's a better chance Stafford will spread the ball around and have multiple 1,000-yard receivers than a Calvin Johnson with 2,000 yards.
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