Calvin Johnson not concerned with lack of production
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has seen a decline in his production this season, most notably in his touchdown total. As defenses are starting to key on the receiver known as “Megatron” more often, the big plays that he and quarterback Matthew Stafford enjoyed last season are less available this year.
After signing an 8-year, $132 million deal in the past offseason, the drop in production is truly startling. But according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, Johnson doesn’t seem to be too concerned about his statistics.
“You know — um — I don’t know,” Johnson said Sunday. “But, hey, we got the win. That’s all that matters.”
That’s an attitude you love to see from a wide receiver, especially considering the number of star receivers we see employ such a diva-like attitude. Johnson is one of the hardest working receivers in the league, but facing constant double coverage from defenses is a hard adjustment to make for any player. As Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press was quick to note on Twitter this morning, Johnson’s decline in production this year has not been from a lack of targets.
Against the Seahawks this week, the Lions were able to take advantage with their other targets. Titus Young, stepping in for the injured Nate Burleson, racked up 9 catches for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game this week. That obviously pleased Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.
“We were scoring touchdowns,” Schwartz said. “That’s the only thing that mattered: scoring enough to get the win. We’re not playing fantasy football trying to get players a certain number of stats or anything. We’re just trying to win.”
Those of us that are playing fantasy football, however, have to be disappointed with Johnson’s touchdown totals. Megatron only has one score this year, whereas he had gotten 10 of his 16 touchdowns last season by this point. Great players always right the ship at some point, and it’s hard to believe that Johnson, a player with 50 receiving touchdowns in just five and a half seasons, will be kept out of the endzone this much the rest of the year.