Detroit Lions superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been called many great things throughout his NFL career, but a label he was tagged with by a member of this week’s opponent might give him a little more motivation to have a big game, as if he needed any extra in the first place.
So far this season, Johnson has 75 receptions for 1,351 yards and 12 touchdowns. The yardage and touchdown totals are second best in the league, behind only Josh Gordon and Jimmy Graham, respectively.
Johnson also led the league last year with a new NFL record total 1,964 receiving yards, besting Jerry Rice’s 1995 total of 1,848 yards, and caught 122 passes.
So what did Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam have to say when asked about Johnson?
“Big, fast, athletic, unstoppable, freak,” according to the Detroit Free Press.
Sounds good, so far and the rookie Elam should’ve left it at that, but he didn’t.
“He’s pretty old, so I don’t know how physical he’ll be,” Elam said. “He’s a big guy, but he’s older. I guess when they get older they’re not going to be as physical, you know what I’m saying? We’re going to have to be physical, make him uncomfortable.”
Yikes. Johnson turned the ripe old age of 28 in September.
NFL.com noted that earlier this season, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant made his "I can do whatever (Calvin) can do" comment the week the Cowboys were to face the Lions.
Bryant certainly wasn’t being critical of Johnson, but it just so happened that Johnson then went out and caught 14 passes for 329 yards against the Cowboys. Makes you wonder what might be in store on Monday night when the Lions take on the Ravens in a game both teams really need to win.
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