Lions Notes: Nate Burleson Calls Calvin Johnson 'Arguably The Best Receiver In The Game'

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson came to the defense of teammate Calvin Johnson, who was on the receiving end of some negative comments from Cris Carter last week.
    "I feel like right now Calvin Johnson is definitely in the top five and arguably the best receiver in the game -- at his height, his strength, his ability to jump there, aren’t too many receivers that can do what he does, period,’’ Burleson said. "His speed is incredible, he jumps a 45-inch vertical, he has huge hands, he can bench press 225, as much as linebackers.’’ [...]

    "If you single cover Calvin Johnson, I guarantee we’ll win nine times out of 10,’’ Burleson said.
    Carter actually backtracked on his comments today, only after he was criticized for his criticisms of Johnson. ESPN sure knows how to pick them.
  • Johnson said he doesn't really care about what Carter had to say, but he did have a funny one-liner taking a jab at the comments.
    "I wish," Johnson said. "I wish I could get single coverage every game. That’d be fantastic."
    I sincerely hope opposing teams listen to Carter, who doesn't believe it's necessary to double team Johnson to take him out of the game.
  • Kid Rock was introduced at his concert at Comerica Park on Saturday by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who got a picture with him.
  • Will Heller enjoyed getting more action in the passing game last Friday against the Cincinnati Bengals. With Brandon Pettigrew out and Tony Scheffler starting, Heller got to be the second tight end.
  • The Chicago Bears kicked off twice from the 30-yard line instead of the 35 during their preseason game against the Buffalo Bills over the weekend. The NFL VP of officiating had to call Soldier Field to put a stop to it. 
  • One other tidbit from the Bears-Bills game: Chicago allowed nine sacks. I can't wait for the Lions' defensive line to say hello over and over to Jay Cutler.
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