ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- There are a lot of new players popping up in Detroit's offense and it's been mentioned over and over again how they could help Matthew Stafford.
But what could they do for Calvin Johnson?
The additions of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron could end up opening up the field more for Johnson, especially if either Tate or Ebron start making plays early in games. The more they do, the more teams have to plan for them along with the running back duo of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. That will provide a lot of touches for those four players.
It still should leave a lot for Johnson -- and perhaps even more room to manuever. It is why it is completely realistic for Johnson to believe he can still put up the numbers he has in the past, including 1,500 yards, which he has either come close to or surpassed the past three seasons.
"We're definitely going to see, but I've done it before," Johnson said. "So you can't say that it's out of reach. But like I said, our biggest thing is to win and win our division."
If the Lions want to win, they'll need something close to 1,500 yards from Johnson to be successful.
And for what it's worth, ESPN's fantasy projections believe Johnson can accomplish it. They have Johnson catching 94 passes for 1,664 yards and 12 touchdowns. This would put Johnson right around his average numbers over the past few seasons.
And now, a look around the Interwebs in search of Lions news:
Ndamukong Suh is trying to play within the rules. Ebron is competing in GQ's Style Wars. James Ihedigbo has two injuries. Champ Bailey worked out for the Lions on Thursday. The Lions bringing him in at least means there's some concern about the team's corners.
This week's Ten(ish) Questions With...is Ihedigbo.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press looks at Lions offensive newcomers to watch.
Jim Caldwell won't use talk from Giants' players as motivation, writes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.