Detroit Lions Midseason Grades: Wide Receiver Report Card

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Calvin Johnson

Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) celebrates by dunking the ball over the goal post after catching a pass for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Production

Ask the Dallas Cowboys how Johnson’s production has been.  He missed a game with injury, was a decoy with another, and is playing hurt, and was still leading the NFL in receiving yards after Week 8. He’s already outscored his 2012 total in touchdowns, too.

Grade: A+

 

Impact

The best way to see the impact Johnson has on the team is to look at the games against Green Bay and Cleveland.

Against the Packers, Megatron was out and the offense sputtered out nine points. The following week, a hobbled Megatron went out there Miguel Cabrera-style and played at about 60 percent through his injury. He caught three passes on just over half the team’s offensive snaps, but just the threat of Johnson being out there was enough to loosen up what was a top 10 defense to score 24 points in the second half alone.

Then there was Dallas, in which Johnson single-handedly outgained the Dallas offense. Then again, Johnson was also directly responsible for two turnovers in that game, so I’ll have to drop the “plus” off his grade.

Grade: A

 

Vs. Expectations

Megatron gonna Megatron. Even with “greatest of all time” expectations being thrown his way, he keeps finding ways to impress.

Grade: A

 

Overall

There’s nothing to say that hasn’t already been said. No receiver is as big a part of his respective offense as Johnson is, yet he keeps working like he’s fighting to keep his roster spot. Even beyond being physically gifted, young players would do well to model his work ethic and attitude.

Grade: A

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