Calvin Johnson Fantasy News

Ryan Broyles (Achilles) participating in early workouts
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:39am

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

After sitting out Tuesday’s first voluntary minicamp practice, Lions third-year receiver Ryan Broyles had a helmet and participated in drills during Wednesday’s open session to the media.

Broyles is in the middle of his third consecutive offseason rehabbing a major leg injury.

He tore an ACL as a senior at Oklahoma, tore the other ACL as a rookie and ruptured an Achilles tendon last season. He’s has played in 16 games in two years with 30 catches, 395 yards and two touchdowns.

"I know the deal with the Lions right now and you feel like you have a deadline because there's guys counting on you, especially coming in from the second round," Broyles told detroitlions.com earlier this offseason. "I feel like I have to go in there and prove something and maybe I did that a little bit before my body was ready (last year)."

Fantasy Impact:

Broyles is fighting for snaps behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. How he looks in offseason activities could help the Lions decide whether they'll draft a receiver next month.

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Golden Tate compares new role to Lance Moore's with Saints
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 10:37am

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

Golden Tate is joining a Lions offense that's expected to feature a much more wide-open scheme than the one he played in Seattle. He's expecting more opportunities to make plays in the passing game.

New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has brought over a lot of concepts from New Orleans’ offense after spending the last seven years there as both an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach.

“I watched some tape on the Saints over the last few years and just looking at that – I haven’t talked to coach Lombardi that much – I see myself being a Lance Moore type of player, but just more explosive and able to do a few more things,” Tate said.

“That’s exciting, because Lance Moore caught a lot of balls and he’s a terrific player that did a lot for the Saints. That’s kind of how I see myself having the best receiver in the league (Calvin Johnson), and one of the best to ever to play the game, opposite of me or sometimes on the same side.”

Fantasy Impact:

Tate has top 20 potential if he gets enough work in the offense, though that may be a bit of a stretch. The top 30 seems likely given his per target production and the role he'll have in the offense, provided the Lions don't draft a starter-caliber wideout this summer. Click here for an in-depth look at Tate by Senior Editor John Paulsen.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:58pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Ryan Broyles ruptured his Achilles tendon while fielding a punt in an Oct. 27 win against the Dallas Cowboys, ending his season.

Five months later, he was cleared by doctors to rejoin the Detroit Lions for the start of voluntary conditioning this week. And that's huge news for him.

The receiver has missed 16 games through his first two seasons in the league, and the Lions, who once thought Broyles would be a complement to Calvin Johnson, could be looking to revamp their starting lineup.

Fantasy Impact:

Broyles figures to serve as the Lions WR3 or WR4 depending on how the depth chart shakes out after the draft.

Beat: Josh Gordon will continue to 'tear it up' in new offense
Monday, February 10, 2014, 12:13pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Beat writer Mary Kay Cabot was asked how WR Josh Gordon will fare in new OC Kyle Shanahan's offense.

"If Gordon fares as well as seven-time Pro Bowler Andre Johnson in Shanahan's West Coast-oriented scheme, the reigning receiving yardage leader (1,646) will continue to tear it up. With Shanahan as Texans' coordinator in 2008-09, Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards in both years (1,575 in 2008) and (1,569 in 2009). He also led the league in receptions in 2008 (115). During those two seasons combined, Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards (3,144) and ranked second in receptions (216).

So more trips to Honolulu should be in store for Gordon, who flourished in the vertical passing game last season."

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon actually outscored Calvin Johnson in PPG (16.2 vs. 15.8) and finished as the top fantasy receiver in 2013 despite missing the first two games due to suspension. He’d be a no-brainer top 5 wideout heading into 2014 if not for his history of off-field issues, a change at offensive coordinator and continuing issues at quarterback. If he can finally get some consistency at QB (and stay out of trouble), the sky is the limit for this kid. It’s pretty amazing what he did with Brian Hoyer, Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden throwing him the ball.

Lions hire Joe Lombardi as OC
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 4:52pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Lions will hire Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator, league sources told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.

Lombardi, grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, emerged as the favorite among numerous candidates for the job since Jim Caldwell was hired last week as coach, sources told ESPN.

Lombardi spent the past seven seasons as an offensive assistant with the Saints, who promoted him to quarterbacks coach in 2009.

Fantasy Impact:

With Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush, the Lions have the key pieces to make an offense run. Lombardi comes from a great system in New Orleans and will have the chance to thrive in Detroit.

Calvin Johnson has 'minor' surgery on knee, finger
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 2:32pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Wednesday that wide receiver Calvin Johnson underwent surgeries last week on his knee and finger.

Mayhew called the knee procedure "a minor scope," while adding some unpleasant detail about Johnson's hand issue.

"He played the entire season with a finger really that was pointing perpendicular from his body the whole season," Mayhew said, according to the Lions' official website. "He's trying to catch the ball like that. He would never complain about that, but certainly that was a factor, I think, in the way he played."

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson's health was definitely a factor this season, but he still racked up 1,492 yards and 12 TDs even though he faded down the stretch. He'll likely enter the 2014 season as our top-ranked receiver.

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Monday, December 23, 2013, 10:36am

Detroit News - [Full Article]

In the biggest game of the season, Calvin Johnson was reduced to a decoy and a bystander. He was targeted four times, caught three of them for 43 yards. He was not targeted in the second half.

“He wasn’t his full self,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said.

Coach Jim Schwartz said that on top of the right knee issues he’s dealt with all season, he’s been hampered by an ankle injury the last two weeks.

“His absence obviously affects things,” Schwartz said. “But Calvin is a tough guy. He tried to do whatever he could today. Calvin is beat up, he’s been beat up the whole year. But he tried to do what he could. We tried to use him on third downs and in the red zone but he was nowhere near 100 percent.”

Fantasy Impact:

Schwartz didn't rule out Johnson playing this week when he was asked if the team will shut him down for the season. But with the Lions eliminated and Week 17 now meaningless, it seems like it would be in the team's best interest to hold Johnson out.

Calvin Johnson ACTIVE for Lions
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 2:36pm

Lions Inactives
Rodney Austin G
Leroy Harris C
Chris Houston CB
Mikel Leshoure RB
Rashean Mathis CB
Kellen Moore QB
Brandon Pettigrew TE

Fantasy Impact:

Calvin Johnson is officially active and is safe to start. TE Joseph Fauria will see more snaps with Pettigrew out.

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MNF Injury Report - Reggie Bush QUESTIONABLE
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 4:30pm

Ravens

QUESTIONABLE
LB Elvis Dumervil (ankle), S Brynden Trawick (ankle)

PROBABLE
CB Lardarius Webb (abdomen)

Lions

DOUBTFUL
CB Chris Houston (toe), CB Darius Slay (knee)

QUESTIONABLE
DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder), RB Reggie Bush (calf)

PROBABLE
S Louis Delmas (knee), DE Israel Idonije (knee), WR Calvin Johnson (knee), T LaAdrian Waddle (elbow), S John Wendling (illness)

Fantasy Impact:

Reggie Bush didn't practice on Thursday and was limited on Friday and Saturday. He could be a game-time call in a tough matchup. Owners who have both Bush and Joique Bell will be in good shape for this call as Bell can fill in nicely if Bush can't go. However, Bush-only owners will be risking a possible inactive or even re-aggravating of his calf injury. WR Calvin Johnson is probable and should be good to go. The Ravens come into this game healthy in terms of offensive fantasy players.

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