Calvin Johnson is in this for the long haul after signing an eight-year, $150.5 million deal last spring.
That signing came after the Detroit Lions’ wide receiver’s first trip to the playoffs. Now the Lions are 4-10 with home games against the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears to wrap up the season. Johnson needs just 182 yards in those two games to break Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record.
Johnson, who is signed through 2019, seems to think this season was more of an aberration.
“We still got a bunch of the same people here, it was eight games that we lost by a single score, just one more play here and there,’’ Johnson said. “A lot of that we put on our own shoulders from either plays we left on the field or somebody not on their assignment.’’
If he’s discouraged looking ahead to next season, he is not letting on.
“We still have to get some pieces back on offense, as far as receivers go,’’ Johnson said. “We’re going to get those guys back, we know what they can do -- (Ryan) Broyles and Nate (Burleson). Then just go through the plays, one more play ...’’