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Julio Jones better than Calvin Johnson?

Posted by ttwentyman on January 31, 2013 – 12:34 pm

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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25 Responses to “Julio Jones better than Calvin Johnson?”

  1. By Sagmich on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Jones may appear to look better than Calvin, but, that is because Jones has a better quarterback. Calvin is the best ever and always will be. Bottom line!

  2. By chris on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    I do believe Julio Jones is very good, but I think a lot of his success is attributed to Roddy White, another top 10 WR in the league, playing on the other side of him. Calvin has minimal talent surrounding him when it comes to that, and he still dominates no matter what defense they throw at him.

  3. By JP O'Flaherty on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Now everyone has a right to their opinion, but Julio Jones is not at the level CJ is right now. Julio does not receive regular 2-3 man coverage, and he has White to take some of the heat off of him evidenced by the fact they split catches and yardage all year. CJ is unstoppable even when they focus their entire defense on stopping him. Julio has never yet been in that situation. Gil Brandt like many older, retired NFL “EXPERTS” (especially anyone associated with Dallas) likes to profess their opinions to stir up controversy. Maybe, they would be best served trying to improve a Cowboy team that has NEVER regained championship form since Jerry Jones chased Jimmy Johnson out of town so he could HOG the spotlight! But THAT is my humble opinion!

  4. By Ed on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Funny how nobody has ever lined up in gunner coverage for Julio

  5. By Jukemove on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    I would love to see Cris Carter, Warren Sapp, and Gil Brandt start their own team from scratch building from the draft and we could see how their choices fair against the rest of the league.

  6. By George on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Why all of a sudden does anyone care what Jill Brandt has to say. Ok sorry that was probably a little disrespectful but seriously why is detroitlions.com all of a sudden quoting him like he’s the be-all-end-all to football analysis? I’ve heard more about this cat on this site in 2 days then in the last 3yrs…what gives LOL…did he get put on the payroll?

  7. By George on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Oh and real quick let me say I don’t know why people are hating so much on what Calvin has accomplished…He has done more with less than anyone else could have. Look I think Matty is a stud, don’t care what anyone says…Its funny everyone is always busting on his side arm throwing and then when someone like Aaron Rodgers or Joe Flacco throws side arm or unconventionally they are praised as “versatile” and “creative” LOL, give me a break. And like Ed says not sure when I’ve ever seen someone triple teamed or presented with a gunner formation LOL, and yet he still dominates…come on man. We’ve had no real consistent run game, a serviceable OL, and that’s arguable, noo real consistent healthy 2nd or 3rd receivers and the guy still had almost a 2K yd season. Lets not forget who he did this against too, Green Bay, Chicago, Minnesota, San Fran, Seattle, Houston, Indy, Atlanta…I mean 11 of the scheduled teams were either playoff teams or near playoff teams…What do you think they laid down against him?

  8. By Sam Wheat on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    laughed…this was a really good joke…

  9. By john on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    well said George

  10. By Kee on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry Gil, Calvo just broke the record and Julio will never eclipse 1700. Julio’s a fantastic receiver and in my top 5, but he doesn’t see the coverage that CJ does. CJ gets double teamed the entire game, everyone knows the ball will be thrown to him 15x, and he still produces at the highest level. The Lions have no run game and their other receivers are quite pathetic, whereas Atlanta has a nice rushing attack in Turner & Rogers, another top 10 receiver oppo him, and arguably the best TE to ever play, deterring much attention from Julio. Who really cares about Gil Bryant’s opinion anyway?

  11. By Ben on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    If Calvin played against his own defense, what then? Wow, that’s thought provoking. Jones lines up opposite Roddy White, a distinct advantage, for Jones and Matt Ryan.

  12. By rockbo1955 on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Why is it everybody put there mouth in Detroit lions business and Brandt is as old as mose and he dose not work in the business he is has been !has not logical answer on CJ is the best and it piss off the nfl and all the other teams because they could not stop him! where was Jones last week in the falcons fortyniners ! that
    what i thought jealous and envy of the power of Megatron still making catches against the best all season more to come!

  13. By Jerry on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Who cares what Gil Brandt thinks??? If he was so on the ball, he’d still be GM at the Cowboys. Is this another lame attempt for Twentyman to find printable material and fill website space. Truly lame stuff TT!

  14. By Sam-Sam the Lions Fan on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Surely this is just to piss us off. Calvin is a man among men and there isn’t any other lead receiver I would rather have. Class act through and through.

  15. By Sami on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    GIL=JOKE I bet if his life depended on the opinion it would change and quickly. These profylactiics, I mean prognosticators get no attention saying Calvins the King. So they say something stupids like the #2 receiver of Atlanta is the better pick “for him”. And because of the ultra-stupid statement, he just got noticed and written about. In the medieval days they were called JESTERS.

  16. By Jerry on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Looks like Twentyman, for lack of creativity, is pretty hung up on what Gil Brandt thinks. Again I ask, who cares what Brandt thinks??? Tim must have run out of quotes to print and regurgitate from our coaches. This article is yet another lame example of what this website has sunk to. Why would you even consider putting this kind of lame comparison up on the LIONS WEBSITE, oh because you want us to think that what you write is relevant. Please put Paula back as lead writer. At least she had some creativity and knew what the fans want to see on here.

  17. By ElReyDeLeon on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Gil Brandt, Warren Sapp, Chris Carter, Brandon Marshall, and the Unknown GM, all seem to have personal vendettas against the Lions. Why so much hate for a team that’s a perennial loser? It seems kind of psychotic and pathetic to me. The Patriots don’t get that kind of hate, and they’re KNOWN CHEATERS!! I think that some people take a sincere, sick joy in kicking people when they’re down to stroke their own egos.

  18. By ElReyDeLeon on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Let Julio Jones spend 2 games playing for the Lions and CJ for the Falcons and see who has the better production. CJ in single coverage could probably rack up about 400+ yards in those 2 games easily. Jones in triple coverage and no running game might end up with about 150; maybe.

  19. By sameolions on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Weapons alongside Julio..
    Matt Ryan
    Roddy White
    Tony Gonzalez
    Michael Turner
    Jaquizz Rodgers
    Harry Douglass
    ^all serviicable and would contribute in detriot^
    Weapons alongside Calvin Johnson
    Matt Stafford..
    ..
    ..
    hmmmm can you say greatest of all time? ^^^ Id say so
    just like Barry imagine if we could get them both on the same team

  20. By Tony Thomas on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    First of all Julio did not replace Megatron in the Pro Bowl. Vincent Jackson did. Ummmmmm……who din’t know that. o.O And Megatron gets covered like no other. His coverage is unheard of. Despite the fact he gets double covered not every game but every play he still puts up better numbers than Julio. And you are tripping if you think Julio has better hands. Megatron is the greatest combination (as of now) of speed, size, jumping ability, and catching. Now I’ll be honest Julio probably is the runner-up (in my opinion) for the best receiver (as of now) he is a good overal player and has good hands. But there is just no argument. Megatron is the best receiver (as of now). Go Lion’s. Enough said.

  21. By lionnuts on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Jones is in no way better than CJ. Gil Brandt is smoking crack.

  22. By Corey Spaniola on Feb 3, 2013 | Reply

    What a moron. There is nobody better than Megatron. Period!

  23. By Ryan on Feb 4, 2013 | Reply

    Johnson is the best! Da Jones whatever!

  24. By Black Wolf Standing on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    A wise man stays silent.

    A foolish man opens his mouth to prove to the world he is foolish.

    Gil Brandt is definitely the later. No other receiver in football draws as much attention by opposing defenses as CJ. And that should tell you everything you need to know about how good CJ is.

  25. By Soph on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Julio Jones is a great WR, but he doesn’t get the coverage that CJ gets every game, especially after our #2,3, and 4 WR’s were out for the season. It’s hard to double Julio when you have to worry about Roddy White and Gonzalez. Should be an interesting year next year. Both have good speed, hands and size, but I’ve never seen anyone make sideline catches and keep their toes inbounds like Megatron!

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