Calvin Johnson Fantasy News
Beat: Josh Gordon will continue to 'tear it up' in new offense
Monday, February 10, 2014, 12:13pm
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."
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.
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Lions hire Joe Lombardi as OC
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 4:52pm
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.
Calvin Johnson has 'minor' surgery on knee, finger
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 2:32pm
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."
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.
Monday, December 23, 2013, 10:36am
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.”
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
MNF Injury Report - Reggie Bush QUESTIONABLE
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 4:30pm
LB Elvis Dumervil (ankle), S Brynden Trawick (ankle)
CB Lardarius Webb (abdomen)
CB Chris Houston (toe), CB Darius Slay (knee)
DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder), RB Reggie Bush (calf)
S Louis Delmas (knee), DE Israel Idonije (knee), WR Calvin Johnson (knee), T LaAdrian Waddle (elbow), S John Wendling (illness)
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.