We are down to just 14 days until the 2010 Detroit Lions hit the training camp field.
14: The number of touchdowns I want to see from Calvin Johnson.
Detroiters like to talk about Calvin Johnson being an elite receiver. Unfortunately, Megatron’s statistics haven’t always proven them right. Most of the numbers look something like a second-round pick instead of the second pick overall. That hasn’t always been CJ’s fault, however. The complete lack of offensive talent around him and a quarterback carousel hasn’t helped. Fortunately, both of those issues may be history.
Picking the number of 14 touchdowns may have more to do with the situation around Johnson than with the freakish athlete himself. Nagging injuries aside, Calvin is often able to produce when given the chance. That hasn’t happened much in his first three years as opposing defenses levied heavy coverage shifted towards number 81 that made it hard for Jon Kitna, J.T. O’Sullivan, Drew Orlovsky, Drew Stanton, Daunte Culpepper, or Matthew Stafford to find him.
The Lions appear to have their quarterback situation set for the next decade with Stafford and the additions of Nate Burleson and Tony Scheffler should alleviate the attention focused on Johnson. With some help from a running game, what is starting to look good on paper will be looking good on the field if Calvin Johnson can find the end zone 14 times.