Oct 2, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (81) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church (42)and linebacker Sean Lee (50) at Cowboys Stadium. The Lions beat the Cowboys 34-30. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Calvin Johnson Named Third Best Player in the NFL By His Peers

Calvin Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards and touchdowns and didn’t even need to lead the league in receptions to do it. It was the kind of breakout season that squashed any debate about his status as elite and landed him on the cover of the next installment of the Madden video game.

Now Megatron has received high praise from the people that can best appreciate his abilities on the football field: his NFL peers.

NFL Network has been working through the top 100 players in the NFL as voted by the players and CJ checks in at number three. Only Drew Brees (second) and Aaron Rodgers (first) were ranked higher.

The video of Calvin Johnson’s “Top 100″ segment can be found on NFL.com.

Number three is a fitting ranking for Calvin Johnson because, as we saw against the Dallas Cowboys last year, triple coverage is not enough to defend this man.

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