Jerry Jones: Deion Sanders in his prime could cover Calvin Johnson

Could Deion Sanders cover Calvin Johnson? Jerry Jones says yes. (USATSI)
Jerry Jones is nothing if not a showman. So it's not surprising that the same man who once rapped about pizza, bragged about having the brain of a 40-year-old, and recently called the Cowboys' loss to the Broncos "a moral victory" said Tuesday that an in-his-prime Primetime Deion Sanders could cover All-World wideout Calvin Johnson.

That would be the very same Calvin Johnson who had 329 receiving yards in the Lions' come-from-behind win against the Cowboys Sunday.

"Yes, I do. That's just it," Jones said Tuesday during an appearance on KRLD-FM (via "Deion has such catch-up speed and he had real good center-field ability, and I mean that ... in [a] football sense. He could really play the ball, and he had such ability to get into position to play the ball.

"Now, you're talking about the greatest cover guy maybe that's played this game. I've seen where he's been declared the greatest cover guy. Hall of Famer. But I do think he could do a real good job on Johnson. Johnson's going to get some probably, but I think he could do a great job. Deion's a great player."

In the pantheon of ridiculous words to cross Jones' lips this ranks pretty low. Sanders dominated his era, even if he wasn't big on tackling.

Surprisingly, Deion wanted no part of the "can you cover?" conversation.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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