IRVING — Calvin Johnson's catch on Sunday for the Lions against the Bengals reinforces why he is one of the most feared wide receivers in the NFL.
“He's a great football player... he really is,” said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. “He's a big man, he's very athletic, he can run, he can make plays over his head, he gets a lot of attention week-in and week-out, and continues to produce for them.”
At 6'-5" and 235 lbs., Johnson has tremendous size, great hands and can run a 4:35 40. Add that to his great leaping ability and you have a player that former Lions and Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams nicknamed "Megatron."
“When you first get out there with him, you know why they call him Megatron,” said Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick. “He looks like a damn machine. He doesn't even look human.”
Dallas last faced Detroit in 2011. In that game, Johnson finished with eight catches for 96 yards, including two fourth quarter touchdowns, as he helped the Lions overcome a 24-point second half deficit to beat Dallas.
Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr wasn't here then, but he'll have to do everything he can to make up for his 5-inch height disadvantage.
“Everything that I’ve learned thus far in my career and the things I’m learning still, they'll come into play in this game,” Carr said. “I think this is by far the best receiver I’ve faced in my career in Dallas, and like I said, it's going to be a 60-minute battle.”
“Brandon is playing lights out,” Cowboys defensive Tackle Jason Hatcher added. “It's going to be a battle. I'm looking forward to it. I really appreciate what those guys do, but I'm pretty sure Megatron on tape right now is thinking about Brandon Carr, because he is playing unbelievable. There is not a corner playing like him right now."
“I have a big challenge and a big task ahead of me but that’s what you play the game for,” Carr added. You get a chance to go out there and show your ability.”