Calvin Johnson Feels The Lions Are Ready For A Super Bowl Run

Calvin Johnson

Multiple Lions players have said this offseason that the team is capable of playing at a Super Bowl level in 2014 including Calvin Johnson, Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News reports.

While talking on NFL Network Wednesday night about his No. 2 ranking on the Top 100 Players of 2014, Johnson answered a question about how he could move up to the No. 1 spot.

“We need to win a Super Bowl,” Johnson said. “That’s the No. 1 thing. That’s the No. 1 thing (and) should be for every team going into the beginning of the year.

“We’re definitely in a place where we feel we could do that.”

Denver Broncos quarterback and reigning NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning ranked No. 1 this year. The rankings are determined by voting by NFL players.

In all four years of the NFL Network’s rankings, players have voted the most recent MVP at the top of the list — Tom Brady in 2011, Aaron Rodgers in 2012 and Adrian Peterson in 2013.

Johnson was also asked about changes in Detroit under new coach Jim Caldwell, and his answer helps explain the optimism among players.

“It’s an overall change and vibe here, and we love it,” Johnson said. “We’re going to go out and bust our butts every day because Jim is such a great guy, a great leader for our team. And he’s helped bring us together, and we’re doing a lot of stuff on our own off the field to keep that camaraderie going.”

Trainer Claims Suh Is Ready To Hit Camp A “Physical Specimen”

Ndamukong Suh

Lions pass-rusher Ndamukong Suh confirmed in May that his decision to stay away had nothing to do with his contract.

Besides, Suh’s personal strength coach Mike Barwis told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Detroit’s quarterback killer is poised to hit camp as a “physical specimen, ” Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports.

“Ndamukong is a stud,” said Barwis, the star of Discovery Channel’s “American Muscle,” which debuts Wednesday. “… He trains very, very hard. Guys finish up the workouts, and he’s the guy in there who stays extra to condition beyond what’s demanded of him, and these workouts are pretty hellacious. A guy like that is a pretty unique guy. … He knows what he has to do to be ready, and I think he’s proven that every year he’s been ready.”

“I think with this day and age, and with technology and the ability to do anything from anywhere in this world, it’s not that big of a deal because we made great adjustments,” said Suh.

“And even being a leader, we didn’t pick our unity counsels and our captains as of yet, but our unity counsels wasn’t even picked until, I believe, right before our minicamps, so it’s still very open. Our biggest part of the year for us, outside of OTAs and minicamps, is (training) camp. So that’s what we’re getting ready to go in to.”

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Lions Sign Second-Round Pick Kyle Van Noy

The Lions have signed second-round pick Kyle Van Noy to his rookie deal, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports. That leaves first-rounder Eric Ebron as the lone draft pick who has yet to sign.

Van Noy’s deal is for four years and more than $5 million. His cap hit will be around $914,000, leaving the Lions with less than $1 million in cap space.

Lions Draft TE Eric Ebron with the 10th Pick

The Lions really wanted to add a play maker to take pressure off of Calvin Johnson.  Most believed that player would be a receiver, but with Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans long gone, the Lions take the highest rated TE on the board, Eric Ebron.  TE is a bit of a misnomer, as Ebron is so much more than a TE.  Ebron is a Jimmy Graham style TE, meaning he can line up inline as well as in the slot.

Ebron is a freakish athlete at 6’4″ and 250 lbs but runs a 4.6 40 yard dash.  He has soft natural hands and a 32″ vertical jump.  He has the size to overpower safeties and the speed to outrun linebackers.  The Lions will use a lot of two tight end formations with Brandon Pettigrew lining up inline and Ebron either inline or in the slot with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate outside.  Throw in Reggie Bush and Joique Bell out of the backfield and you have match up nightmares for defenses.

Matthew Stafford now has a sold offensive line, a two-headed running game and a bevy of receiving weapons.  The Lions will still likely add a receiver and at least another pick on the offensive line.  The linebackers and safeties are the players I’d keep an eye on for the second round pick so far.

Lions Pick TE Eric Ebron w/ 10th Pick in NFL Draft

2014 NFL Draft

The Lions have a new weapon on offense, as today the team picked TE Eric Ebron to pair up with WR Calvin Johnson. Ebron was the top TE in the draft, and will fit well with the teams offense.

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THe Vikings trade back up for Bridgewater and the worst team in the division has another new quarterback.

I really think the Packers may have gone Clinton-Dix as a reaction to the Lions taking Ebron.

Watch for Marquise Lee here to the Packers, the Packers lost a couple weapons and Thompson loves receivers.

I think Kyle Fuller is a great pick for the Bears, he’s a physical guy and has above average speed.  He’ll learn on the job from the veterans there.  That terrible defense just got a little better.

The Rams just got a lot scarier with Aaron Donald, they have the makings of the best defensive line in the league now.

Ebron will become the Lions’ Jimmy Graham type player.  He’s a tight end, but the Lions will use him in the slot quite a bit.  He is a huge target that will make teams pay for doubling Calvin Johnson.

Ebron to the Lions!! I love it.

Lions pick is in and they made it quickly, no trade talk there.

No trade for the Lions, Vikings take Barr.

I’m not a big Taylor Lewan fan, and that’s a name that keeps coming up for the Lions.

More trade action and another Lions’ target off the board as Justin Gilbert is gone.

Bad news for the Lions, Evans off the board to the Bucs.  He was my favorite player for the Lions.

Lions’ draft room on pins and needles here, all three teams in front are in play for Evans.

Matthews was my favorite tackle in the Draft.

Mack to Oakland, Matthews to Atlanta.  This next pick is a likely spot for Evans.

Atlanta won’t be a spot for Evans, Bucs could be the destination if the Lions don’t go up.

Pick is in, Mack won’t get past Atlanta anyhow.

This is the most likely trade up spot for the Lions.  Raiders willing to do below value deal.

Bills are coming up for Watkins I think.  Costly trade there, a first next year and a 4th.  Let’s them keep all picks this year, but they are gambling that he’s going to help them make the playoffs.

Jags take Blake Bortles at 3 and the WRs keep falling for the Lions.

Pick is in at 2, no trade.  OT Greg Robinson.

The only trade rumor I’m believing right now is Atlanta to 3 for Mack.

I’m led to believe the Rams won’t be trading this pick, Lions need to hope that it’s Greg Robinson.

Clowney off the board first, nothing unexpected there.  I still think if he dropped past 2, the Lions would have moved on him.

Former Lions WR Young Has Criminal Case Delayed – Undergoing Treatment

Titus Young

The often-postponed criminal case against former NFL receiver Titus Young was delayed again Tuesday when it was announced in court that Young is undergoing unspecified treatment in a Los Angeles-area hospital, David Leon Moore of USA Today reports.

“He’s receiving treatment and is in a safe place,” Young’s attorney, Brian Hurwitz, said, after a brief court hearing, at which Young was ordered to appear for another pre-trial hearing June 5.

Hurwitz, who replaced Altus Hudson as Young’s lawyer earlier this month, would not say why Young is in in the hospital or what sort of treatment he is receiving.

Young’s father, Richard, has said in the past that Young has a mental disorder that required treatment.

Young faces 11 charges, including four counts of felony burglary, as a result of an alleged crime spree in Orange County (Calif.) nearly a year ago. He pled not guilty.