Dec 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) congratulates wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field. Falcons won 31-18. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford Believes Calvin Johnson Can Top 2012 Records


The Detroit Lions are looking to improve from their disappointing season in 2012. While the Lions struggled mightily, one player that shined was star wide receiver Calvin Johnson. It was a record performance from Johnson a season ago that included setting a new mark for the all-time single-season receiving record (1,964) that was previously held by Jerry Rice.

It was a great performance from Johnson despite the poor performance from the rest of his team, but Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford believes that his top target can top those record-breaking numbers from a season ago.

He thinks he can, which is all that matters,” Stafford said during an appearance on the NFL Network, via the Detroit Free Press. “That guy works harder than anybody I know, and he thinks he can get better, so I wouldn’t put anything past him. He’s a guy that can obviously run all of the routes — inside, outside — make all of the catches and is a smart football player and a really good teammate.”

It may be crazy to believe Johnson can top those numbers, but when you remember that he played in just 15 games, it seems very doable.

If you put a healthy Megatron on the field for all sixteen games this season, the NFL record book could be getting another serious makeover.

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