Johnson Grateful to be a Detroit Lion

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on January 30, 2011 – 7:07 pm

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson sat down with the NFL Network “Total Access” crew to talk about the Detroit Lions’ strong finish to the 2010 season and his first four NFL seasons.

When asked how this past year was different than his first in the league, Johnson enthusiastically spoke about the direction the Lions are headed under Head Coach Jim Schwartz.

Johnson: “This year was totally different from the past years. The amount of talent we have on the team – the size, speed – it’s just been a total difference from year one to year four. I’m just grateful to be on this team that’s coming up right now and hope that in the following years we can continue to crank this thing up.”

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Johnson Interviews with Marshall Faulk During Thursday Practice

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on January 27, 2011 – 5:16 pm

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson took a moment to talk to NFL alum and NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk during Thursday’s NFC Pro Bowl practice.

Faulk asked Johnson about Detroit’s push at the end of the 2010 regular season and what the league can expect from the Lions in 2011.

Faulk: “The Detroit Lions, going into the 2011 season … what’s to expect?”

Johnson: “Keep our quarterback healthy, I think we could do big things. Our defense is very solid – we’ve got those guys like Vanden Bosch, Suh, Corey Williams on the front down there and our secondary is just getting better. I know we’re going to have some playmakers on offense, so I’m looking forward to the season.”

Watch the full interview on Detroitlions.com.


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Johnson from the Pro Bowl: “It’s an All-Star line-up”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on January 26, 2011 – 11:04 pm

“It’s been great being in Hawaii so far. The weather here is great and everything is so green. The sun is always out, unlike Detroit. The people here are great. They’re huge fans and they treat us like their own.

“We had our first practice today and there’s a luau tonight. I’ll be tired early because of the time change – I’ll be ready to go to bed. But I’ll probably go to luau for a little bit and have a good time.

“The other guys in my group are Larry FitzGerald, Roddy White and DeSean Jackson. I know all of them – I’ve run across all of them off the field at one time or another at endorsements or other events like that. Everybody’s pretty cool.

“We just talk about football, what we learn from our coaches, things like that. We share our techniques. There’s some guys on the team I hadn’t run across before, but I met everybody today – it’s been nice to meet those guys.

“The quarterbacks are Drew (Brees), Vick and Matt (Ryan). I talked with all of them – I talked with Matt for a little while earlier. I didn’t talk with Vick too much, but I’ll talk to him eventually. So I got familiar with those guys and having them all throw to me was cool, too.

“It’s an all-star line-up. It’s sweet to be there and be teammates with those guys. They’re good guys, too – good guys to talk to. Everybody’s real cool.”


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Johnson Named to AP All-Pro Second Team

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on January 24, 2011 – 4:56 pm

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been named to the Associated Press Second-Team All-Pro.

Johnson, who will spend this week in Honolulu for the Pro Bowl, finished the year with 1,120 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 starts.

“It’s an exciting time for him,” said wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson. “All of us around the Lions organization have seen him come in and work his butt off. He didn’t say anything – he’s very unselfish.”

Both Johnson and teammate Ndamukong Suh were named starters on this year’s Pro Bowl team and both were recognized by the AP; Suh the only rookie named to the All-Pro First Team.


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Suh Named Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on January 18, 2011 – 2:44 pm

Rookie DT Ndamukong Suh continues to have a lot in common with RB Barry Sanders.

Suh has been named Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America after he was given the same award by the Sporting News last week. The last Detroit Lion to earn both of those awards was Sanders in 1989.

He is also the first defensive tackle honored as the PFW/PFWA top defensive rookie since Miami Dolphins’ defensive tackle Tim Bowens in 1994.

Suh was the only rookie named to PFW/PFWA All-Pro team, along with being tabbed to the All-Rookie team. Other players on the PFW/PFWA All-Pro defense include Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed.

“Just the athletic ability he has for a big man is unparalleled from anything we had seen,” said Lions’ defensive line coach Kris Kocurek of Suh in Pro Football Weekly.

“He came in with the determined attitude that he was going to prove he was worth being the second pick (in the draft). When you look back, you saw him get better every single game.”

Suh finished the season with 10 sacks, one forced fumble one fumble return for a touchdown and one interception and was elected to the 2011 NFC Pro Bowl team.


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Work out with Lions’ Coaches at Strength and Conditioning Clinic

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on January 12, 2011 – 2:37 pm

Coaches, athletes and fitness enthusiasts 18 years and older will have the opportunity to learn about strength training, speed development, conditioning and sports nutrition from specialists, including the Lions’ own strength coaches Jason Arapoff and Ted Rath.

Where: Detroit Lions Practice & Training Facility
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2011
Time: 7:30am – 12:00 noon

The four and a half hour clinic costs just $90 and is limited to the first 100 participants.

To sign up, call 313.262.2248!


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Suh Nominated for Pepsi’s NFL Rookie of the Year Award

Posted by Tara Altman on January 7, 2011 – 12:59 pm

The National Football League announced that DT Ndamukong Suh has been named one of the five finalists for the 2010 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award.

Suh finished the season with 10.0 sacks, leading all Lions, all NFL rookies and defensive tackles, and recorded 66 tackles, three pass defenses, a forced fumble, an interception and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.

Suh became the second rookie defensive tackle in NFL history to record 10.0 sacks. He also was the only rookie in the NFL to record a sack, an interception and a fumble return for a touchdown this season.  He was selected to the 2011 NFC Pro Bowl team as a starter, but will not play, having to undergo shoulder surgery.

Suh, was nominated for four Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week awards, winning once, throughout the season.

Fans can vote for one of these five players on www.nfl.com/rookies through 9:00 PM EST on Tuesday, February 1 to determine the 2010 PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.

The winner will be presented the 2010 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award during a press conference in North Texas, the site of Super Bowl XLV, on Thursday, February 3.

The other four finalists include: Rams’ QB Sam Bradford, Browns’ CB Joe Haden, Patriots’ CB Devin McCourty and Buccaneers’ WR Mike Williams.


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Johnson: ‘We finished out strong.’

Posted by Tara Altman on January 3, 2011 – 3:34 pm

“We finished out strong. Finished this last month, so it’s very gratifying to be going into the offseason on a four game win streak. It definitely gives us something to look forward to next year.

“Me personally, as far as the CBA goes, a little more time off would not hurt (laughing), but as far as that goes I’m definitely interested to see what’s done in the interest of the players. I know this is a business and we don’t want to be forgotten about in the process of them making all of these deals, that’s the main thing.

“I’m definitely looking forward to the Pro Bowl and being down there, hanging out with those guys and just being in Hawaii. From what I’ve heard from players that have been there, some guys here that have been there, they say just to have a good time with it and enjoy the whole process. Of course I’m going to be competitive, but I’m just going to enjoy my time there.

“I’m just going to relax until right after the Super Bowl and then that’s when I really kick in and start working out with my trainer and stuff like that and get back down to business.”


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Houston Inactive, Johnson up for Season Finale vs. Vikings

Posted by Tara Altman on January 2, 2011 – 12:47 pm

The Detroit Lions have announced CB Chris Houston will be inactive in the season finale vs. Vikings. WR Calvin Johnson will play today after being listed as questionable in Friday’s injury report.

“Both guys will probably go until Sunday, as far as a decision goes,” Head Coach Jim Schwartz said on Friday.

Houston injured his shoulder against at Miami and did not practice this week, while Johnson injured his ankle against the Dolphins.

LB Landon Johnson was placed on injured/reserve earlier in the week with a concussion.

Complete list of inactives for today’s game:

  • 3rd QB Zac Robinson
  • RB Aaron Brown
  • CB Chris Houston
  • S Randy Phillips
  • DE Barry Turner
  • T Tony Ugoh
  • G Donald Thomas
  • LB Julian Peterson

LB Ashlee Palmer will start in place of LB Julian Peterson and LB Bobby Carpenter will start for Johnson.

Full starting line-ups for both teams


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