That’s the thing.’ And he said, ‘All right, I’m going to say it—I’ll say it, you just have to accept it and get over it. You can do it.'”
The first day of the season, it appears, was a bust for the Lions receivers as the team managed only three catches on six targets for 47 yards on the night. There were also some questions about Calvin Johnson’s work ethic after the fact. He’s coming off a down year, losing his starting job to a less-talented fellow, Golden Tate, and had just 17 grabs over five games in the regular season.
“He just has great confidence in himself,” Williams said. “He knows every part of the offense and his role. It’s been a smooth transition for him so far, but he had some challenges during the week. We have to handle that and move forward and learn from them.”
While he remains humble throughout his career on the field and in the media, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has been one of the most respected figures in Detroit for nearly a decade now. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
The Lions did a good job dealing with the loss of Tate, a former first-round pick at tight end, on Day 1, and have no qualms about inserting rookie Corey Fuller into the mix. They also made sure to get Fuller on the field when he returned from a seven-game suspension, a move they hope he’ll use to supplement the receiving corps.
Meanwhile, Detroit got better with its return game while being mindful of the importance of making changes to the front seven. Their second-rounder, Eric Ebron, started at guard, while Zach Fulton moved to the left side in a move that left guard Geoff Schwartz looking more like a fullback.
“When we brought [Kenny] Britt back and what he did in the [season opener] against Arizona [the Lions had to run the ball],” Schwartz said. “There’s a reason why we’ve called him a fullback. It’s just a matter of doing it right.”
Still, both players said even though it’s only a preseason game, it’s all about learning from the mistakes Detroit made. Johnson says that’s something he’ll take into the season, and he won’t allow himself to go too soft.
“You’ve got to learn, and you can’t go soft,” he said. “I have to be good at everything.”
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