Calvin Johnson ran himself into the record books last week and is trying to become the first wide receiver ever to crack 2,000 yards. But long before he was breaking records, he was breaking hearts all over NFL defenses with his skill and talent. Charles Tillman, a gut who sees Johnson more than most in the league, says that Johnson isn’t just the best wide receiver in the game today, he’s the LeBron James of the NFL.
“He can do everything,” Tillman told the Chicago Tribune. “He’s the LeBron James of football. If you could create a player — that’s Calvin Johnson. Size, speed, hands, agility, quickness, strength.”
Johnson fired the praise right back at Tillman, who has seen a lot of tough one-on-one coverages of Johnson in recent memory.
“(Tillman) has good size, good strength and they’ve been in that system for so long, they know how to play it well against all looks,” Johnson said. “So you’ve got to give them credit for that.”
Johnson needs to finish the Lions season finale against the Chicago Bears on Sunday with 108 yards to finish the season with at least 2,000 yards. No receiver in the history of the NFL has ever accomplished that feat, and all eyes are on Johnson to be the one. But while history is in the making, Johnson and the Lions say that records are cool but winning is better.
“Personal records are great and we certainly celebrate the season Calvin that has had, but it hasn’t translated to enough wins,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “We need more help around him.”