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Charles Tillman: Calvin Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL

Lions wide receiver Johnson makes the catch for the winning touchdown as Cowboys cornerback Newman defends in Arlington, Texas

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (L) makes the catch for the winning touchdown as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman defends in the second half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas October 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan got egg on his face after saying last week that his players practice against better receivers than Calvin Johnson, only to watch on Sunday as Johnson scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns against his defense. This week Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is hoping to avoid any similar missteps.

Tillman, who will cover Johnson on Monday night, heaped praise on Megatron when talking to reporters.

“He’s probably the top receiver in the league right now, as far as just throwing the ball up and letting him get it,” Tillman said. “He’s the Goliath of receivers. We as a secondary will definitely have our hands full trying to contain him.”

The Goliath of receivers has been using his 6-foot-5 frame effectively, particularly against the 5-foot-10 Terence Newman on Sunday’s game-winning grab. At 6-foot-2, Tillman is one of the NFL’s taller cornerbacks. We’ll see on Monday whether he can avoid becoming Johnson’s next victim.