Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson played the entire 2013 season with a couple of ailing injuries that required him to have a couple off-season surgeries right after the season ended.
Those surgeries included a procedure to repair his knee that limited him all season, and a broken finger that was so twisted that it caused him to drop more passes than he normally would have, per Lions general manager Martin Mayhew via MLive.com:
“He played the entire season where the finger was really pointing perpendicular from his body,” Mayhew said Wednesday at Ford Field shortly after the introduction of Jim Caldwell as the team’s new head coach.
“He’s trying to catch the ball (awkwardly). He would never complain about that, but that was certainly a factor I think in the way he played.”
Despite the ailment, Johnson still managed to catch 84 passes for 1,492 yards (fourth in the NFL) and 12 touchdowns (tied for fifth in the league). Johnson also dropped eight passes on the season. Lions new head coach Jim Caldwell is going to need Johnson at full strength for Detroit to top the NFL betting odds at TopBet Sportsbook after the season officially ends following the 2013 Super Bowl.
If history is any indication, Johnson will be just fine. The star receiver already holds the NFL record for more receiving yards in a season (1,964 in 2012) and has scored 10 or more touchdowns in four of his seven career seasons. Even quarterback Matthew Stafford’s erratic play hasn’t been able to stop Johnson from putting up big numbers. With Caldwell’s experience as an offensive-minded coach, Johnson’s numbers should soar in the coming seasons.
Johnson will have the entire off season to recover from his surgeries, and the 6’5 beast of a receiver is as good a bet as anyone to return to his record-setting form before the 2014 season kicks off.
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