Calvin's Questions: Q's for Calvin Johnson

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Calvin's Questions: Q's for Calvin Johnson
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Calvin Johnson came into the league touted as both an athletic phenom  and yet “just another” receiver to be selected by Matt Millen. Selected second overall in the 2007 draft, Johnson has that rare combination of size, speed, athleticism, strength and agility.

But so did Charles Rogers and Mike Williams. The best-player-available attitude also led to Roy Williams in Detroit. He hasn’t necessarily been a bust but he isn’t in Detroit anymore either.

So what sets Calvin Johnson apart?

His stats, for starters. In 31 games, Johnson has over 126 receptions and over 2,000 yards. In 2008, Johnson had 12 touchdowns, averaging 83.2 yards a game.

As humble as he seems, Johnson just can’t seem to escape controversy not of his own design—whether it be from Millen’s choices, Roy William’s competition, or the Lions franchise.

I wonder what does he think about all that?

Selected as the fourth wide receiver in subsequent seasons, how did you feel about being the latest addition to a core of successful collegiate receivers? Did you feel any added pressure to perform when it was obvious that those before you hadn't?

You majored in Building Construction. As blue-collar as Detroit is, how did you feel about coming to Motown, despite the lack of recent success? Did you think it was automatically a good fit?

You forwent your senior season at Georgia Tech, though you had stated that graduating was important to you. What were the major factors in you deciding to make the jump and do you regret missing that final year of eligibility?

Many people thought you would be perfect complement for Roy Williams and that, together, the Lions offense would thrive. Where do you feel that offensive logic went wrong?

What do you feel are the benefits and negatives of not having Roy in the offense anymore?

The Lions have made a lot of changes this offseason—from a new staff to possibly a new face of the organization. However, the one constant you hear is that the Lions feel they can build around you. How do you feel about gaining the trust and being the foundation for an organization that is rebuilding from such a dismal year?

What changes do you feel still need to be made?

You've heard the headlines—Rodgers' success, Bears' trades, and Vikings acquisitions. Does it get frustrating seeing the other divisional teams make so much progress while the Lions are merely rebuilding? Do you think you guys are that far off?

Matt Stafford is coming into the NFL in a very similar position as you did—highly-praised, expected to perform relatively soon, with the Lions after a bad year, and behind someone who has a grip on the starting job (though considered to perhaps be the weaker of the two, thus having to look over his shoulder). What do you think Stafford has to do to take advantage of the situation he's in?

What are your expectations for this franchise in the long-run?

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