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No one thinks Calvin Johnson will do well at ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Lions players are intrigued by Calvin Johnson’s dip into reality TV, but they aren’t very optimistic about his chances.

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Calvin Johnson will be appearing on the 23rd season of “Dancing With the Stars” this fall, and current Detroit Lions players seem excited to see their former teammate doing something out of his own comfort zone.

As we learned from Johnson’s sister Erica, in this ESPN segment, Megatron isn’t exactly a great dancer. “He has no rhythm, he can’t dance,” she said.

On Tuesday, Lions players got to weigh in on Johnson’s chances at winning the reality show, and they seem to agree with Johnson’s sister.

Ameer Abdullah, who learned about Calvin’s decision as the media told him on Tuesday, seemed taken aback by the news. “Good god,” Abdullah said after reporters told him. But is Calvin going to do well on the show? “No, he’s going to do awful,” Abdullah quickly responded.

Glover Quin didn’t seem to eager to talk about it, but admitted, “Maybe he’s got some skills we don’t know about.”

Golden Tate was tickled by the news, but isn’t too optimistic for Calvin. “I went to his wedding, I didn’t know he had those kind of dance moves,” Tate said, explaining that he only saw Calvin dance once at his wedding (with his mother) and Calvin was “stiff.”

Regardless of how he does, it seems like most Lions players are eager to see what happens when Johnson gives it a shot. “I’m excited to see him,” Tate said. “That is something we don’t get to see very much of Calvin.”

We’ll all get a chance to see this fall. “Dancing With the Stars” debuts on Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

UPDATE: We found one person who believes in Johnson’s dancing abilities: head coach Jim Caldwell. “He’s been very very good at everything he’s ever done,” his former coach said. “I think he’ll surprise some people.”