Bryant Johnson looking for big things
Bryant Johnson has never caught more than 49 passes in an NFL season, but the former first-round pick is hoping for big things in Detroit.
With Calvin Johnson on the other side and (Daunte) Culpepper at quarterback, we have a lot of weapons on offense, Johnson said Thursday. I think sky's the limit for our offense, and we're definitely eager to get out there and show it.
Johnson was one of the Lions' first free-agent signings this offseason. He caught 45 passes and three touchdowns last year in San Francisco, and spent the first five years of his career in Arizona. With the Cardinals, he never lived up to his billing as the No. 17 overall pick and third receiver taken behind Charles Rogers and Andre Johnson. Arizona took another receiver in the second round of the same draft, Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin, and went pass catcher at the top of the 2004 draft as well in Larry Fitzgerald.
In San Francisco, Johnson made 12 starts but fled after one tumultuous season.
For three years and $9 million, the Lions will finally give Johnson the opportunity to be a full-time starter. They expect his deep speed to play well opposite Calvin Johnson, who's coming off 1,331-yard, 12-touchdown season and already has established himself as one of the three best receivers in the game.
Playing with Calvin will do a lot of good things, not just for my game but for the team as well, Johnson said. He's going to draw double coverage, which means I may get singled up a lot and I can use my ability on the back side to beat one-on-one coverage and kind of balance out the defense.
I just want to come in and do what I'm capable of doing regardless of what numbers I can put up. I just know I can play better than I've played in my career and it's a great opportunity here.