• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Lions WR Calvin Johnson nets 77 receiving yards Sunday

    Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught eight passes for 77 yards on 13 targets in Sunday's 24-12 loss to the Broncos. The Detroit offense has been abysmal through three weeks, and no player has cracked the 100-yard barrier in a single game. Johnson does have 30 targets over his last two games, but he's been nearly as inefficient as the rest of his team, and his Week 4 matchup (at Seattle) is brutal.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Lions WR Calvin Johnson nabs first TD of season in loss

    Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson reeled in 10 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Minnesota. What a difference a week makes. After being targeted just four times in Week 1, Johnson saw 17 passes come his way on Sunday. The next step up will be to generate more production off of that level of exposure. Johnson is averaging just over 10 yards per reception thus far this season, more than four yards below his career low. He'll be counted on to stretch the defense and open things up underneath and in the running game for Detroit.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Lions QB Stafford: Calvin Johnson is great, want to get him ball

    Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be a huge feature in the team's offense in Week 2, despite his subpar performance last week. Quarterback Matthew Stafford said of Johnson: "You have a great player like that, you want to get him the ball as much as you can," Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Johnson disappointed in Week 1 with just two receptions for 39 yards. His four targets trailed both Golden Tate and Eric Ebron who had eight and five passes come their way, respectively. It's dangerous to put too much weight into one game, but it warrants monitoring how the Lions' targets are divided up in the coming games. Throws speak louder than words.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Lions star WR Calvin Johnson taken aback by four-target game

    Lions All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson actually spoke no words Wednesday when asked if there was ever a situation in which he should get only four targets in a game, which was the case Sunday. But he said a mouthful with a hearty laugh. "I mean, I think the laugh should say it all," he told MLive.com. In other words, he wants the ball thrown his way far more than it was in a Week 1 loss to San Diego in which he caught just two passes for 39 yards. But he's not about to raise a stink over it during a game. "I'm not going to argue with anybody on the sideline," he said. "But, you know, I will tell them what I see so that in certain situations, we come back to this situation, (quarterback Matthew Stafford) might have that in the back of his head what we talked about earlier."

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Lions WR Calvin Johnson itching to see game action

    Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is raring to go after sitting out the entire preseason for the first time in his nine-year NFL career. "I'm really looking forward to getting out there and going against somebody other than my own teammates," he said, per the team's official website. "They kind of get the edge on you at some point during camp because you're running a lot of the same plays. It'll be good to go against some fresh blood." Johnson is three seasons removed from setting an NFL record with 1,964 receiving yards in 2012. Although he has had some injury issues the last two seasons, Johnson feels he can still put up elite numbers. "No doubt," he said. "I've still got it in me, man. I know I'm going to turn 30, but the body feels good right now." Johnson's teammates and coach aren't buying a decline either. Quarterback Matt Stafford said Johnson is 'doing all the stuff he's always been able to do. He's the same old guy to me." Coach Jim Caldwell is also eager to see his star receiver in action Week 1 against the Chargers. "Take at look at him (on Sunday), you'll see. I know one thing, he's well-rested," Caldwell said.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Lions WR Calvin Johnson not expected to play in preseason

    The Lions have benched star wide receiver Calvin Johnson through the first two preseason games in an effort to avoid any injuries, and it doesn't appear Johnson will play in the team's third preseason game, which usually acts as the dress rehearsal for the regular season. "You may expect it, but you will not get it," Caldwell said when asked if we should expect to see Johnson play against the Jaguars on Friday, per MLive.com.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Lions WR Calvin Johnson: I still have some good years left

    Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has dealt with some injuries throughout his career, which has kept him off the field at times and has prevented him from playing full seasons the last two years. He will turn 30 years old early in the 2015 season and while his receiving production has declined the last two seasons since his record-breaking year in 2012, the All-Pro receiver wants to let you know it's not time to overlook him. "What did I miss, four, almost five games last year? Still came up with just over 1,000 (yards). I still have some (good years) left," he said, per the Detroit Free Press. "It's a mindset more than anything. If you have injuries, it's tough. But I'm feeling good right now."

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Lions big names missing at OTA's: WR Johnson, DT Ngata

    The Lions were without a couple of very important players at organized team activities on Thursday, per detroitnews.com. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata were both absent from practice.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Lions GM: I'm planning on Calvin Johnson being around a long time

    Lions general manager Martin Mayhew doesn't plan on losing star wide receiver Calvin Johnson anytime soon. "Man, Calvin's a stud," Mayhew said this week at the NFL combine. "Calvin's a great player. He's a phenomenal player, you know? He has a very bright future -- and a very bright past, you know? -- and I plan on him being around for a very long time." Johnson is due $12.5 million in 2015 with a cap hit of $20.5 million and $15.9 million in 2016 with a $24 million cap hit. He and Matthew Stafford account for much of the Lions' salary. With Johnson dealing with more and more injuries, Mayhew could cut ties with him at some point. But he doesn't see that happening anytime soon. "Sometimes guys get injured. It's not a big concern for me," Mayhew said. "He's tough. He gets out there and he plays. There was one game this year -- Buffalo -- where he gutted it out. He got out there, and unfortunately, he got another shot in that game in exactly in the same spot. Which was unfortunate."

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Charles Tillman: Calvin Johnson still the best receiver in NFL

    Though Calvin Johnson will turn 30 this September, one opposing cornerback still believes the Lions playmaker is still the best receiver in the game. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman told MLive.com that Johnson, who finished outside of the top 10 in yards with 1,077, that he still is the top at his position. "Arguably, the best receiver in the game today, in my opinion," Tillman said. "I go against him twice (a season), we match up well. And, yeah, you have to bring your big boy pants when you're going against Calvin Johnson." Tillman also criticized those that think Johnson has fallen off as the league's best wideout. "They're a bunch of dummies," he said. "Trust me."