Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (right) poses for a photo with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald following the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Calvin Johnson Gets Support From Cardinals as NFL's Best Receiver

Coaches generally prefer “their guys” while it seems that every wide receiver thinks he is the best. Those archetypes are out the window this week when it comes to Calvin Johnson and the Arizona Cardinals.

Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are probably the two superstar wide receivers for whom the position’s diva reputation doesn’t fit. As a result, Fitzgerald has no problem labeling Megatron as the league’s best at his position:

“Calvin’s the best,” Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “I mean, look at his numbers. It is what it is.”

University of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke made some headlines last week when he said that Johnny Manziel would be Devin Gardner’s backup. Granted, both are terrific college quarterbacks but making such a definitive statement regarding the defending Heisman Trophy winner is all about Hoke rolling with his guy. It is just what coaches do.

Except, apparently, in the case of Bruce Arians. He had this to say this week in regards to the matchup of Patrick Peterson on Johnson:

“…probably, in my opinion, the best corner in the league is going against the best receiver in the league. Do we want to leave him out there one-on-one all day? No. But that’s going to happen and he’s got to win his share of the battles.”

It’s not an uncommon opinion, but both men’s willingness to be so blunt about it is not always common. The way Calvin Johnson conducts himself on and off the field deserves respect, and he is clearly getting it in a big way from the Cardinals.

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