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2014: Megatron's 2014 got off to a rocky start. He battled an early-season ankle injury that rendered him a decoy for multiple games and ineffective in others. Johnson wound up missing three contests, but returned strong from Week 10 on. Megatron's stats in the second half of the season would extrapolate to 98-1,458-12 over a full 16-game slate.
What's Changed: The Lions enter Year two of the Joe Lombardi offense promising to fix their oft-inept run game. They snatched up Duke guard Laken Tomlinson, an instant starter, in the first round and then added SPARQ freak running back Ameer Abdullah in the second. Abdullah will be an upgrade on departed Reggie Bush. The offseason hype machine purred loudly on Eric Ebron, who figures to see an uptick on the 47 targets he got as a rookie. Perhaps most importantly, Megatron avoided offseason surgery – a reminder he’ll finally be near 100 percent come Week 1.
Outlook: Johnson's tape does suggest he's lost a step as he enters his age-30 season, but not enough to rob him of the ability to be a top-five WR1. The real question is health. Johnson has battled a nagging knee issue for a couple years now, a major reason he’s missed five games and been invisible for a handful of others. If Johnson’s body is right, he’s going to provide value as a second-round selection.
Updated Aug. 26: Calvin Johnson won’t play in Detroit’s third preseason game. Johnson is expected to sit out the entire preseason. He’s fully over his 2014 ankle issues, but the Lions are resting him in an effort to keep him healthy. Johnson is No. 12 overall in Rotoworld’s Preseason Top 200.