Calvin Johnson Fantasy News

Monday, April 6, 2015, 10:39am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

WR Ryan Broyles led the Lions with 11 catches for 144 yards during the preseason, but was a nonfactor in the regular season. He was active for just five games, when Calvin Johnson was dealing with a high ankle sprain, and caught two passes for 25 yards.

But HC Jim Caldwell says he saw growth from Broyles during practices, and is hopeful he'll play himself into the picture at receiver now that he's finally gone a year without suffering a major injury.

"I think he's a guy you have a lot of respect for because he's had three major injuries, and he's fought his way back from them, and I think that's hard to do," offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said last week. "Listen, when the guy's been in there, he's been productive. And we're excited to see where he is now after a full season of not coming back from an injury. He's had a full year to be healthy, and we're excited to see what he does here in the offseason and heading into camp."

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say now that Broyles is healthy and freed from the perpetual rehab process, Detroit is hopeful he can turn his focus to improving his game. But it's not that simple for Broyles. Even when he was healthy last year, he was not a factor because he filled a virtually identical role in the offense as Golden Tate. And Tate is the much better player. So it stands to reason Broyles could be healthier this year, and better this year, and still not be a part of the offense's plans.

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Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 18. Megatron will be fine for what should be a high-scoring game against Dallas.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Megatron won’t miss a showdown with Green Bay for the NFC North title.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Johnson is good to go for a nice matchup with Chicago.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Johnson is good to go for a nice matchup with Chicago.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This is typical for Megatron.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 15. Johnson is good to go for Sunday.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. This is typical for Megatron.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This is typical for Megatron.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 14. Johnson is good to go for a nice matchup with the Bucs.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Johnson is good to go for a nice matchup with the Bucs.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This is not atypical for Megatron early in the week.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Johnson is fully expected to play in a good matchup with a banged-up Bears secondary on Thanksgiving.

Bears' secondary banged-up heading into date with Lions

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 11:37am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bears beat writer Michael C. Wright was asked how the team intends to cover the Lions' receivers:

For so long, the Bears have used Peanut Tillman on Calvin Johnson. Tillman's out. How do the Bears deal with Johnson and Golden Tate now?

Wright: To me, that's one of the most significant concerns for the Bears entering this game. As you already know, rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller's availability for this game is uncertain with him suffering a knee injury in the win over Tampa Bay. Fuller had been playing with a broken hand and a hip pointer prior to his latest setback. Fuller's injury didn't appear to be significant initially. But if Fuller can't go, the Bears would likely go with undrafted rookie Al Louis-Jean, who possesses similar size to Tillman (6-foot-1, 187 pounds). But would you want to put an undrafted rookie on Johnson? Tim Jennings (5-foot-8) would likely struggle matching up with Johnson. So Chicago would be in a tough spot if Fuller isn't able to play. If the Bears are forced to go with Louis-Jean, more than likely, the corners would probably stay on their respective sides with the defense giving the corner to Johnson's side safety help over the top, along with extra help underneath whether that's from a linebacker or the nickel.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson hasn't been his usual self in the last two weeks but that should change against the Bears, who gave up 14 catches for 277 yards and a touchdown to Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy in Week 12.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 10:04am

ESPN - [Full Article]

When Calvin Johnson missed three games earlier this season, it gave Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford a chance to get comfortable with and accustomed to all of the other targets on the team's roster.

Golden Tate thrived and is already over 1,000 yards this season.

But since Johnson returned against Miami in Week 10, the all-too-familiar Stafford-to-Johnson combination has not been as effective as normal. Stafford has only completed 43 percent of his targets to Johnson over the past three weeks and it is the first time since Johnson's rookie season in 2007 that he has gone three straight weeks catching less than 50 percent of his targets.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to say that over the past three weeks, Johnson has been targeted 37 times, caught 16 passes for 230 yards with two drops. In comparison, Tate has been targeted 24 times and caught 17 passes for 247 yards and no drops. Caldwell believes Johnson is still moving at the same speed as he did at the beginning of the season, despite an ankle injury that limited him in two games and kept him out of three others.

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