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Calvin Johnson “as curious as anybody else” about how he’ll be used this season

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The Lions will give wide receiver Calvin Johnson his first playing time of the preseason on Friday night against the Jaguars.

It will also be his first game action as part of the offense put together by new Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who has talked about moving Johnson around the offense more than previous Lions coordinators have in past seasons. Johnson thinks doing so will give the Lions a good idea about what opposing defenses are doing, but he admits that even he isn’t quite sure how things will look when put into actual practice.

“I’m as curious as anybody else,” Johnson said, via the Detroit Free Press. “But one thing that’s not going to change is the way we go out there and work. We’re still going to go out there and bust our butts. No matter what Coach calls, however we fit into the plan, we just want to win at this point.”

Johnson said his physical condition is good, describing it as “night and day” to last season when he dealt with knee and finger issues that needed surgical attention after the season. As long as things stay that way, it’s a good guess that Johnson will remain a major part of the Lions offense regardless of where he lines up on the field.

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  1. irishddddd says: Aug 21, 2014 9:38 AM

    If they’re smart the answer will arrange from somewhere to “all the time” to “a lot” lol. I’m a Viking fan but I really admire this guy and his skills.

  2. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Aug 21, 2014 9:38 AM

    Golden tate in the slot calvin outside of him reggie into the flats behind them and bell and that new t.e to the right… lol good luck covering that.

  3. floratiotime says: Aug 21, 2014 9:41 AM

    Like a cheap screwdriver from WalMarts.

  4. msc4realeagles says: Aug 21, 2014 9:42 AM

    I have a hunch they will still be throwing to him early and often. He wasn’t even healthy last season and put up sick numbers. Regardless, Lions 9-7 lol.

  5. hodous says: Aug 21, 2014 9:49 AM

    Wasted supreme talent on a team that will never win.. One of the greatest. Reminds me of Barry Sanders so much.

  6. jglion says: Aug 21, 2014 9:52 AM

    Lions offense could be close to unstoppable this season. But the defense? Still a source of concern.

  7. weepingjebus says: Aug 21, 2014 10:09 AM

    Seriously, the NFL should institute a catch and release program for top players that get stuck on bad teams for more than 3 years in a row.

  8. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 21, 2014 10:24 AM

    He is just wondering why he got stuck on the crappy Lions!

  9. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 21, 2014 10:25 AM

    As long as the Lions don’t slam on the brakes after halftime, they’ll be able to outscore teams even with a questionable D.

  10. radiofriendly420 says: Aug 21, 2014 10:32 AM

    The Lions offense was their problem last year. Their defense was alright. Best 3rd down D in the league. Middle of the pack for scoring and yards allowed.

    The offense is what sputtered out and killed them.

    If they can get the offense going on a consistent basis, they will probably be better than the Saints over the last few years.

  11. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 21, 2014 10:32 AM

    Caldwell has no idea either.

  12. rl79111 says: Aug 21, 2014 10:36 AM

    Calvin is cursed being on the Lions. Barry Sanders version of one of the best WRs.

  13. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 21, 2014 10:52 AM

    They’ll use you as wide receiver this year Calvin. I’m confident in this.

  14. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 21, 2014 11:09 AM

    To all of you geniuses who comment about him being stuck on the Lions: He signed with us through 2019 because he WANTS to be here.
    I detect a little bit of jealousy in your posts.

  15. deweyaxewound says: Aug 21, 2014 11:14 AM

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but even with a healthy CJ lining up all over, I see the Lions going .500 at best this season. My guess is they’re 2-6 at the week 8 bye (wins = home games vs. Giants & Bills).

    Here are the reasons why:
    First, it takes time to adjust to a new coach/new system.

    Also, Caldwell’s track record as a head coach (minus Peyton Manning) is godawful.

    Detroit’s o-line is nothing to write home about, and Stafford will still make his share of blunders in the clutch – he’s still immature mentally, and way too inconsistent.

    The secondary is bad and the corners are really awful. Good luck covering GB and Chicago’s potent passing attacks. And with the new officiating emphasis, watch that struggling secondary help Detroit become the most penalized team in the league this year.

    The d-line is overrated and moving in the wrong direction – by all accounts Fairly can’t stay in shape, is having a lousy camp, has been mentally checked out and was demoted as a result.

    I saw an interview with Suh about his goals for this year – he responded something to the effect of “for ME to play better”. Me, me, me. I,I,I. Nothing about the team, nothing about winning, nothing about the division, nothing about the playoffs or Super Bowl. The Lions think they’ve motivated Suh by not giving him a new deal – all they’ve done is exacerbate his ego and push him towards more selfishness.

    Will Calvin still have a good year, statistically? Sure. And the offense will still have its moments. But there will still (as always) be a total lack of “team” – no focus, no unity, no discipline, and inconsistent play. Plus you have two clearly superior teams in the division standing squarely in front of you.

  16. purpleguy says: Aug 21, 2014 11:55 AM

    I seriously doubt the highly successful offensive philosophy of “just chuck the dang ball downfield to the guy” is gonna change. Not if Caldwell wants his second shot as a head coach to last.

  17. lionfaninsocal says: Aug 21, 2014 12:38 PM

    The Detroit Lions are the class of the NFL. My Lions will be annihilating the league this season. The Lions will be winning first place in the NFCN this season with a 13-3 record.

    Top 3 receivers in the NFL:
    1.) Megatron
    2.) Golden Tate
    3.) Eric Ebron (TE but he will be more productive in the slot than any other slot receiver in the league)

  18. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:04 PM

    The Detroit Lions are the class of the NFL. My Lions will be annihilating the league this season. The Lions will be winning first place in the NFCN this season with a 13-3 record.

    Top 3 receivers in the NFL:
    1.) Megatron
    2.) Golden Tate
    3.) Eric Ebron (TE but he will be more productive in the slot than any other slot receiver in the league)

    ___________________________________

    Thanks for the good laugh!

    The Lions will be lucky to be 8-8.

    Golden Tate is a joke, isn’t even a top 20 WR
    Your rookie big mouth is going to drop half his passes.

    there you go I fixed it, back to reality kid.

  19. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:05 PM

    Thanks for the good laugh!

    The Lions will be lucky to be 8-8.

    Golden Tate is a joke, isn’t even a top 20 WR
    Your rookie big mouth is going to drop half his passes.

    there you go I fixed it, back to reality kid.

  20. packfanaj12 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:25 PM

    I think they will place him as an OLB, because… what else is there to be curious about.

    He is a WR, idk why people would be curious to find out he is still a WR.

  21. rl7911 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:31 PM

    deweyaxewound
    Detroit’s o-line is nothing to write home about, and Stafford will still make his share of blunders in the clutch – he’s still immature mentally, and way too inconsistent.
    ———
    The Lions O-line is the best in the NFCN and one of the better in the NFL. This isn’t just my opinion, but by the opinion of PFF and other reputable sources.

    Also, Stafford has actually been very clutch in staging comebacks, he just struggled last year when the entire WR core was injured. He’s had CJ and no oone else. Now he actually has solid options.

  22. rl79111 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:46 PM

    deweyaxewound
    Detroit’s o-line is nothing to write home about, and Stafford will still make his share of blunders in the clutch – he’s still immature mentally, and way too inconsistent.
    ———
    The Lions O-line is the worst in the NFCN and one of the worst in the NFL. This is just my opinion, but the opinion of PFF and other reputable sources claims its not too bad, but not better than Bear’s, Packer’s or Viking’s.

    Also, Stafford has actually been very terrible in staging comebacks (the Lions shutdown and give away games on a consistent basis), he has struggled every year since he joined the Lions. He’s had CJ and no one else. Now he still doesn’t have solid options as Tate is heavily overrated and Eborn is a rookie big mouth that has been consistently dropping passes.

    I had meltdown there for a minute had to correct that…

  23. calvinthegreatt82 says: Aug 21, 2014 4:45 PM

    As a Bears fan, this Lions team absolutely scares me. The Bears D is going to be so bad, the Lions and Packers will walk all over us. Sure our offense may be good, but who in their right mind builds an offense around Jay Cutler, he’s awful. I’m not sure what Phil Emery is thinking, but ignoring the D and drafting busts on D isn’t going to cut it in the NFCN.

  24. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 21, 2014 5:13 PM

    Lions have a new coach, new system. They will be 8-8 at best.

    (2) seasons above .500 in 15 YEARS!!!!

    Lions still have work to do, chump.

    Thank you for trying to pretend to be me, btw…

  25. rl7911 says: Aug 21, 2014 5:21 PM

    2 season in 15 years above .500, yet they have made the playoffs more recently than your Bears, and have made the playoffs the same amount of times as the Bears over the past 20 years. If the Lions suck, the Bears must really suck.

    Good luck with the Bears D, it actually looks worse than last year. Also, the Bears have so little depth due to poor drafting a few injuries and their season is over. 6-10 for the Bears.

  26. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 21, 2014 6:41 PM

    The Bears were in the Playoffs in 2010, The Lions in 2011 and made it via the wild card. Big deal.

    The Bears made huge changes(Lamar, Willie and Jared) to their defense and have 6 probowlers. Emery drafted 3 defensive players in the 1st (3) picks. How do you know if it’s worse than last year?

    You don’t…..you just making stuff up cuz you have absolutely nothing to base that opinion on until your season starts.

    You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.

  27. rl79111 says: Aug 21, 2014 6:47 PM

    Bears offense is better than the Lions offense.

    2nd in the NFL in scoring last year.

    Bears entire defense consisted of 2nd stringers and 3rd stringers and most of them rookies for almost the entire season.

    Keep tell yourself your right about the Bear’s status.

    Lions are garbage and everyone knows it.

  28. rl7911 says: Aug 21, 2014 7:34 PM

    Nothing like the Bears bringing in a washed up Jared Allen to fix a dumpster fire since Emery blows at drafting D.

    Face it Bears fans, your D sucks, and your Oline is garbage. Too very important things. Just because you have a few skilled position players, doesn’t make the Bears good. Not to mention you have Jay Cutler, the guy that if he stays healthy is a lock for 20+ ints.

  29. calvinthegreat81 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:58 PM

    Rl791-

    How can you even say bears offense is better than lions? We all know the bears d is junk and they are gonna get ran the F over right up the middle of that fragile front 7. But let me break down the O for you.

    QB- not even close, stafford has better arm, more accurate, much more intelligent and isn’t a whiny little girl like cutler

    RB- forte is good but that’s all you got. The combo of bush and bell I will take all day over forte alone. It gives much more versatility and keeps both guys fresh through the year.

    WR- do I really have to go here? All I have to say is Megatron- the best WR in the universe for the past 7 years and has at least 4 more years in his prime to destroy you. Tate is a legit 2 who catches everything and will take advantage of man coverage. Ebron- we will see, but I’ll take his unknown talent of your guy.

    Oline- lions top of the nfl rated last year. Bears line is junk and is compiled of a bunch of nobody’s.

    All I just did is drop some factual knowledge bombs on you son! I don’t want to hear you coming back up from your little hole again trying to compare these 2 teams. It’s not even close.

    Good talk!

  30. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:08 PM

    Bears are better team then the Lions.

    Final 2013 Standings:

    1. Green Bay
    2. Chicago Bears
    3. Detroit Lions
    4. Minnesota Vikings

    Bears are better than the Lions, period.

    GREAT, talk!

  31. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:12 PM

    Bears are a better team then the Lions.

    Final NFCN 2013 Standings:

    1. Green Bay
    2. Chicago Bears
    3. Detroit Lions
    4. Minnesota Vikings

    Bears are better than the Lions, period.

    GREAT, talk!

  32. rl79111 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:52 PM

    “All I just did is drop some factual knowledge bombs on you son!”

    Nice maturity level. Wow, so you are a kid living in your mom’s basement!

    Don’t worry I won’t come back because there is NO comparison, The Bears are better than the Lions and have been for years, period. Your fantasies of winning the division are just that.

    You’re Detroit goofball!

  33. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 22, 2014 3:55 PM

    Those aren’t facts, those are your personal Detroit fan based opinions. The Bears are slightly better or they are equally matched with the Lions.

    Stop flattering yourself, the Lions have been embarrassing themselves for years….SON! LOL!

  34. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 22, 2014 4:18 PM

    Those aren’t facts, those are your personal Detroit fan based opinions. The Bears are slightly better or they are equally matched with the Lions.

    Stop flattering yourself, the Lions have been embarrassing themselves for years….SON!

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