Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has said that the absence of receiver Calvin Johnson will make things tougher on opposing defenses. It ultimately hasn’t been that tough for the offense to adjust, according to Stafford.
“It didn’t take me too long,” Stafford told reporters on Wednesday regarding his adjustment to life without Calvin. “You get out there on the field, and you throw to the guys you have, and whoever is open gets the ball. That’s kind of how I’ve always been. Obviously, losing a Hall-of-Fame talent affects some things, but our guys have stepped up and have done a really nice job of getting open and making plays. Marvin [Jones] has been no different than any of the other guys. He’s done a great job. When he’s been given opportunities to make plays, he’s made them.”
Jones has 519 receiving yards in five games, the team’s leader by far. Tight end Eric Ebron has 210, running back Theo Riddick has 190, receiver Anquan Boldin has 184, and receiver Golden Tate has 134.
Stafford has 1,378 yards passing, putting him on track for 4,410 yards for the season. That would be his highest total since 2013, when he had 4,650 yards passing.