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Cris Carter on Calvin Johnson: “Most dangerous weapon in the NFL”

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Cris Carter stuck his foot in his mouth last year when he was asked to name the elite receivers in the NFL and didn’t include Calvin Johnson on his list, saying that Johnson is good in video games but not in real football. It didn’t take long for Carter to commence backtracking from those comments, and he backtracked further today.

Asked on ESPN’s NFL Live to name the most dynamic duo in the NFL (ESPN is stretching to tie its football content into The Dark Knight Rises, even though Robin doesn’t appear in the Christopher Nolan Batman universe and therefore the Dynamic Duo has nothing to do with the current Batman films), Carter said the best combination in the league is Johnson teamed with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

“When you have a young quarterback, under the age of 25, coming off a 5,000-yard season, and you have the most dangerous weapon in the National Football League in Calvin Johnson, that’s why, this duo, to me, is the absolute best,” Carter said. “Franchise quarterback with the No. 1 big-play wide receiver in the NFL.”

Carter has taken a lot of heat in Detroit for his previous comments about Johnson, with everyone from Stafford to Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham to Lions owner Bill Ford Jr. taking shots at him. Maybe if Carter keeps lavishing praise on Megatron, the folks in Detroit will start to give him a break.

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23 Responses to “Cris Carter on Calvin Johnson: “Most dangerous weapon in the NFL””
  1. cakemixa says: Jul 17, 2012 6:55 PM

    More dangerous than cocaine, even!

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 17, 2012 6:55 PM

    After a fully armed Elvis Dumervil, at least.

  3. gregm5s7 says: Jul 17, 2012 6:56 PM

    He can keep talking, he’s already lost most of his credibility. Just proves his original comments were based on nothing

  4. steelerhypocrite says: Jul 17, 2012 6:56 PM

    How did that humble pie taste from last years idiotic comments about Megatron? Would you still rather have Roddy White or Reggie Wayne as your #1 WR? If Cris Carter was white, he wouldn’t be on TV.

  5. DawgPound83 says: Jul 17, 2012 6:58 PM

    MADDEN CURSE! Mark it down. Still not gettin drafted on my fantasy team.

  6. createatopia says: Jul 17, 2012 7:00 PM

    It took a while for him to come around, but hey, everyone makes mistakes.

    Chris. YOU’RE finally right.

  7. drekomp says: Jul 17, 2012 7:00 PM

    All he does is catch flack then change his opinions!

  8. hyzers says: Jul 17, 2012 7:00 PM

    I’m glad to hear Cris got over the bath salt addiction.

  9. scoops1 says: Jul 17, 2012 7:00 PM

    hey cris….is your stomach full of crow yet

  10. winninitall says: Jul 17, 2012 7:01 PM

    This guy doesnt know his left foot from his right. Love when randy moss over shadowed Cater towards the end of his career. I absolutely love his fantastic come back in Miami.

  11. lionsdraftguy says: Jul 17, 2012 7:18 PM

    Well..at least the smack talk from the 49ers fans, bears fans, and packers fans should be heard on this topic, because they know Calvin IS the most dangerous WR in the game.

  12. andyreidcarboload says: Jul 17, 2012 7:19 PM

    Swung on and hit deep! Carter back tracks to the wall, and it’s outta here! Calvin Johnson with a HR.

  13. foosball11 says: Jul 17, 2012 8:29 PM

    I’d take Fitz over Johnson in a heartbeat.

  14. rmc1995 says: Jul 17, 2012 8:54 PM

    Had Calvin Johnson had an ordinary season I doubt if Chris Carter would have eased up on Calvin Johnson. They are both pros at what they do and Carter doesn’t need some other member of the media to ask for fans to ease up. Especially since many of the media won’t ease up on Suh being out of control or Stafford bring injury prone, Schwartz being a hot head, or the team in general having no composure.

  15. RedRuffensor says: Jul 17, 2012 9:15 PM

    I’d still take Randy Moss in his prime over Calvin Johnson, all day, every day.

  16. 34trap says: Jul 17, 2012 9:18 PM

    Megatron = Curse Buster! Sorry, Madden Curse. Your reign of terror is coming to an end, all thanks to an unstoppable robot from outer space named Calvin Johnson. Go Lions!

  17. scoregasmic says: Jul 17, 2012 9:43 PM

    Everyone always says it was just cris carter but lets be honest…outside of the lions fan base there weren’t a lot of people who understood just how good Calvin was, it was crazy how many times I had to argue with people that Calvin was the best receiver in the league before this year. I’m not even mad a carter cause he wasn’t the only one. People would say he’s top ten but they always took roddy white and Wayne over him.

  18. warhammer420 says: Jul 17, 2012 10:33 PM

    CJ and Stafford are gonna be lighting it up for many years.

  19. dvdman123 says: Jul 17, 2012 11:55 PM

    As good as Johnson is he still couldn’t help the Lions win a playoff game. I’m sorry QBs are the “most” dangerous weapon in the NFL. They can carry a team to victory.

  20. flyerscup2010 says: Jul 18, 2012 12:08 AM

    The only thing worse than Cris Carter talking is Cris Carter talking about things he talked about…especially when that thing is a year old.

  21. mistersmith22 says: Jul 18, 2012 1:14 AM

    Find it hard to consider a WR as the “most dangerous weapon” unless he’s also returning kicks. Because on offense, a WR is still dependent on a decent QB. You think Megatron is still Megatron is Stafford busts a knee and Shaun Hill or Kellen Moore has to do it for 16 games? You think Jerry Rice is Jerry Rice if he plays on, say, the Lions, Buccaneers, Bears, etc. in the ’80s and ’90s? Nope.

  22. dino2997 says: Jul 18, 2012 2:37 AM

    Calvin Johnson is by far the best WR in football. He’s so good he makes a medicore QB like Stafford actually look like a top level QB.

  23. tshirttom says: Jul 18, 2012 9:51 AM

    dino have you ever watched game film at all? To say Stafford is medicore is just plain ridiculous. He has a great arm and will only get better. Future MVP

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