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Calvin Johnson thinks he can top last year, hopes he doesn’t

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Calvin Johnson set the NFL record for receiving yards last season, and he thinks he’s capable of breaking his own record. But he hopes he doesn’t need to.

In a question-and-answer session with fans on the Lions’ website, Johnson said that his goal is to be better than last year across the board, when he caught 122 passes for 1,964 yards.

“Personal goal is to do better than I did last year in every category,” Johnson said.

Johnson recognizes, however, that all the passes thrown to him last year weren’t necessarily a good thing. The rest of the Lions’ receivers were plagued by injuries, meaning the Lions had few other options in the passing game. And the Lions were losing late in games, meaning they were throwing a lot. Johnson would prefer to see the Lions not have to rely on him so much.

“It’s definitely possible, but if guys are healthy, I shouldn’t have to do that,” Johnson said.

The Lions want to put the ball in their best player’s hands a lot. But if Johnson gets the ball less this year because the Lions are leading more, that would be a good thing.

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15 Responses to “Calvin Johnson thinks he can top last year, hopes he doesn’t”
  1. wryly1 says: Jul 28, 2013 7:20 AM

    At the end of the day, NFL games are still won and lost in the trenches – the battle over who controls the line of scrimmage, the OL or the DL. That’s where the Detroit Lions continue to struggle – on both sides of the ball.

  2. detroitcityy says: Jul 28, 2013 8:06 AM

    Class act best player in the league

  3. annodomini90 says: Jul 28, 2013 8:38 AM

    ““Personal goal is to do better than I did last year in every category,” Johnson said.”

    That was in response to my question. I feel pretty proud.

  4. packerbackernj says: Jul 28, 2013 8:43 AM

    The Barry Sanders of receivers.

  5. zeeman911 says: Jul 28, 2013 9:11 AM

    I realize that we have been a joke forever, but when it’s all said and done, the Detroit lions will have been home to the arguably the best running back ever and if Calvin keeps it up, the best WR ever. It’s not a super bowl but at least it’s something you can be proud of….

  6. bennyb82 says: Jul 28, 2013 9:16 AM

    This guy is the epitome of class.

  7. seandconner says: Jul 28, 2013 9:19 AM

    Here is a player along with Fitz in Arizona who any team would love to have on their team. Professional on and off the field. Is there anything more you can say?

  8. onbucky96 says: Jul 28, 2013 10:04 AM

    ALL HAIL MEGATRON!

  9. pariseinminnesotabichez says: Jul 28, 2013 10:08 AM

    Calvin Johnson pulling an Adrian Peterson, great to see 2 class players in the league

  10. yooperman says: Jul 28, 2013 10:58 AM

    Too bad each division couldn’t make it’s own all star team. NFC North would be tough to beat.

  11. 1newprodigy says: Jul 28, 2013 11:13 AM

    Really helps being able to pad his numbers when your playing from behind every week. Megatron is a class act though and its nice to see someone on detroit NOT getting arrested.

  12. knucklehead93 says: Jul 28, 2013 11:20 AM

    As a Viking fan, I love to see CJ make classy comments like this. He and AP are the 2 best in the league!

    If you weren’t in the same division, I’d wish Detroit good luck this year!

  13. jasonfinfan says: Jul 28, 2013 11:49 AM

    Yeah i like CJ and all but the very last game they were literally force feeding calvin johnson every pass just so he could break Jerry Rice’s record.. He needed something ridicoulous like 180 yards that game

    Jerry never needed to be forced the ball, the dude just always got open.

  14. mcthompso says: Jul 28, 2013 9:00 PM

    Can you not call out other posters for BSing without your comment getting deleted?

  15. vwbrown19 says: Jul 28, 2013 10:59 PM

    Gotta love Megatron! He’s one of the best!

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