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With Cleveland's Josh Gordon—who is appealing a suspension following a failed drug test—gone for at least some of the year, that leaves the way clear for Detroit's Calvin Johnson to reclaim his title as the league's most prolific receiver, which he has been for two out of the last three seasons.
While Matt Stafford won’t top the list of quarterback passing yards, the Lions signal-caller's total will go back up after a year of struggle. When that happens, Megatron will see most of the yards.
Sure, they brought in Golden Tate and drafted Eric Ebron, but that’s actually a good thing. It’s going to draw coverage off Johnson, which means he'll have more room to catch the ball and then do some damage with it, since he won’t have three guys draped on him.
ESPN NFL reporter Field Yates put Calvin Johnson atop his list of the top 10 offensive matchup nightmares in the league (subscription required). Yates called Johnson, "The most physically dominant offensive player regardless of position ... an impossible cover."
It should be another big year for one of the best receivers playing the game today.