If the already surprising Detroit Lions want to take the next step in their development of their offense, there is one player that has to see the ball more – rookie wide out Calvin Johnson. The number two pick in the draft has already shown some moments of greatness this season, making some hard catches and taking a reverse in for a score, but overall it seems like he’s been on the outside looking in for an offense that has some serious firepower.
QB Jon Kitna is on pace for about 4,000 yards passing, and there is no reason why Johnson should not be on the end of at least 1,000 of those yards. The last time he saw the end zone on a pass was back in the middle of September. For an offense that relied more on its defense Sunday vs the Broncos, they have to improve and give CJ a little more love as the games get bigger and bigger.
Sunday vs the Broncos the Lions had 55 offensive plays and Johnson was a part of 26 of them. He needs to be on the field more to make a bigger impact, and hopefully the coaching staff will see that as the season gets deeper and deeper. Message to Mike Martz – Johnson is going to be a star in this league, take off the strings and let the kid do what he does best, come through and make big plays.