Last season, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had 96 catches for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns. This season, Johnson would love to see those numbers decline.
Johnson told the Detroit News that he thinks the Lions need a more balanced offense, and he’d be delighted to spend the fourth quarters of games blocking while the Lions are nursing leads, instead of catching six fourth-quarter touchdown passes like he did last season.
“Last year, the running game wasn’t really there and we threw the ball all day,” Johnson said. “Matt [Stafford] had a heck of a year, throwing over 5,000 yards — not to say he won’t throw for 5,000 again. But if we have a consistent running game, that’s a lot of passes we don’t have to throw and we can run some time off the clock.”
Johnson said he thinks that if his blocking helps the Lions establish the run, that will pay off in the long run.
“I don’t mind blocking for my RBs and seeing them shine,” Johnson said. “I want those guys to get our running game strong and bring some extra guys in the box and that helps us [receivers] outside.”
That’s what a team player sounds like.