Johnson: “When I get one-on-one, yeah I want the ball”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 31, 2012 – 4:14 pm

“The key last week for the offense was converting third downs. We were 12 for 16. We did a pretty dang good job on third down. One thing I did notice in the huddle, guys were definitely focused and guys took it upon themselves to make a play when we got in that situation.

“Having Titus, Scheff and Pettigrew step up is huge – especially Pettigrew because he’s moving in between the hashes doing a lot of work in there. A lot of times when we catch zones or something like that, there’s a lot of openings in there. He was able to do that.

“TY was able to exploit them on the outside deep down the field. That was huge for us. That was one thing that was preached all week that we can’t stop running outside because they might let a route go and that’s exactly what they did. He got behind them for a touchdown. Scheffler, same thing. He’s dynamic as far as tight end/receiver.

“If they keep that up that means I get more balls – no doubt. We saw some single-high in the last few games, too. I’ll see the ball more and more if they want to keep doctoring them up, doctoring up coverages. Matt’s getting more comfortable with hitting TY and some of the other receivers.

“If the defense is coming with me, if I’m getting more than one person, I don’t have a problem with somebody else getting the ball because they’re one-on-one. You take advantage of your one-on-one matchups. When I get one-on-one, yeah I want the ball.

“Getting back to .500 would be huge for us. We’re not exactly where we wanted. Winning would put us in good position to finish out this season. We started off 2-4 at one point and now to be able to win two straight games, win 3 out of 4 of our second quarter games. That has us going in the right direction with a little more confidence.

“We can get a little win streak going and hopefully we take that to the second half of the season.”

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Johnson and Leshoure miss practice; Lacey back

Posted by ttwentyman on October 31, 2012 – 11:54 am

The Lions were without a number of key contributors Wednesday as they began on-field preparation for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville.

Receiver Calvin Johnson and running Mikel Leshoure did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media.

Johnson has been dealing with a knee injury the past few weeks and it’s been routine for him to miss practice during the week. He’s played in all seven games.

Leshoure asked to come out of last week’s game after a 7-yard run in the third quarter and trainers worked on his lower right leg for a bit on the sidelines. He did not return. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday his absence from practice was due to “personal reasons” and he would be back at practice Thursday.

The Lions also practiced without safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey, defensive end Cliff Avril, defensive tackle Corey Williams, linebacker DeAndre Levy and cornerback Bill Bentley.

Bentley had been practicing in a limited fashion the last two weeks while dealing with a shoulder injury. He was not at the open portion of practice at all Wednesday.

The Lions did get some good news: cornerbacks Jacob Lacey (concussion) and Drayton Florence (broken arm) were back on the practice field. Florence isn’t eligible to come off short-term IR until the Packers game.

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