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Lions sign No. 2 pick Johnson to 6-year deal

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerRay, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay Producer/Host of BoltTalk Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    http://www.theredzone.org/absolutenm/templates/template.asp?articleid=15&zoneid=1

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Rookie wide receiver Calvin Johnson signed a six-year deal with the Detroit Lions on Friday, ending the No. 2 overall pick's eight-day holdout.

    Johnson's signing allowed him to get into camp for workouts, where he was out catching passes Friday morning. Fellow wideout Roy Williams said a day earlier that "the rookie needs to get in here."
    Johnson was regarded by some as the best player in the draft after catching 78 passes for 1,202 yards and 15 touchdowns during his All-America junior season at Georgia Tech. He won the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top college receiver.

    The Lions, 3-13 last season, in April made Johnson the fourth receiver taken with their first pick in the past five drafts.

    "He's going to be a big part of getting us to where we want to go," Lions president Matt Millen said after Johnson was drafted.

    The Lions are 24-72 and have missed the playoffs every season since Millen joined the front office in 2001. The soft-spoken Johnson figures to get ample opportunities in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's pass-happy scheme.
     
  2. Retired Catholic

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    This is one of the guys we won't be single teaming, although Weddle did a number on him last season.
     
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    It will be interesting to see if Cottrell doubles him with Cromartie and Weddle.
     
  4. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    or Oliver and Weddle - the two people who held him to his lowest totals
     

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