Gil Brandt stirred up some controversy with Detroit Lions fans earlier this month when he said via Twitter and on Sirius NFL Radio that Falcons receiver Julio Jones was a better receiver than Calvin Johnson.
Brandt wasn’t backing off that claim down at New Orleans for the Super Bowl.
“I think Calvin Johnson is a great player but if I drafted right now I would take Julio Jones,” Brandt said. “I just think he’s a better football player. I think he has great hands.”
Jones had a nice season with 79 receptions for 1,193 yards this season and 10 touchdowns, helping lead the Falcons to the NFC Championship Game.
Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s single-season record for receiving yards in a season with 1,964 yards on 122 catches. He had half as many touchdowns as Jones (5), but did get tackled inside the 2-yard line six times.
Jones’ second season in the league is very comparable to Johnson’s. In 2008, Johnson had 78 catches for 1,331 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“If you sit at this table and there’s 10 guys at this table and you ask the two names, Johnson would probably be about a 6-to-4 favorite. I just like Julio Jones a little better.”
It was Jones who replaced Johnson in the Pro Bowl earlier this month when Johnson decided not to play due to injury.
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