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Megatron, new and improved

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08:01 AM ET 06.26 | In the spirit of the coming Olympic Games, guess who's stronger and faster? Before the Lions broke minicamp earlier this month, a reporter asked receiver Nate Burleson to name a teammate who had a standout spring or surprised him in any way. Burleson's answer, without much hesitation: Calvin Johnson. "I know it sounds corny," Burleson said. "You wouldn't think a guy like that could come back and get better, but he does." Johnson emerged as the NFL's most dominant receiver last year. He set career highs with 96 catches for a league-leading 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns; he finished the year with three 200-yard receiving games in the last four weeks, including the playoffs; and he led the Lions to the postseason.

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June 26, 2012  08:18 AM ET

He's a beast. If Stafford can stay healthy Calvin will have another outstanding year.

June 26, 2012  08:20 AM ET

I'm not a Lions fan but am excited to see this team continue to improve after such a long drought.

June 26, 2012  08:28 AM ET
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I'm not a Lions fan but am excited to see this team continue to improve after such a long drought.

I'm rooting for them as well. I just worry about the maturity level of some of the team members.

June 26, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm rooting for them as well. I just worry about the maturity level of some of the team members.

I think Megatron is ok. I don't recall too much negative press on him. Right now, it seems to be their D that needs to grow up.

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June 26, 2012  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think Megatron is ok. I don't recall too much negative press on him. Right now, it seems to be their D that needs to grow up.

Megatron is a model citizen. It's the other inmates I worry about.

June 26, 2012  09:16 AM ET

As good as he is, I question the wisdom of tying up so much of your offense and so much of your cap space in one wide receiver. Suppose he blows out his knee in week 2?

June 26, 2012  09:21 AM ET

Detroit will be fun to watch this year, if they keep their defense out of jail.

June 26, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Calvin Johnson is far from finished. Detroit has begun the build a good team and will have to be reckoned with before it is all over. All they had needed was a good GM. Prior GM was a great player but not a good GM.

June 26, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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As good as he is, I question the wisdom of tying up so much of your offense and so much of your cap space in one wide receiver. Suppose he blows out his knee in week 2?

Pretty hard not to when you have this guy. Him and Fitzgerald are head and shoulders above every other wr in the league

June 26, 2012  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Pretty hard not to when you have this guy. Him and Fitzgerald are head and shoulders above every other wr in the league

Without question!

June 26, 2012  09:52 AM ET

Scary

June 26, 2012  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm rooting for them as well. I just worry about the maturity level of some of the team members.

And let's not forget about the Head Coach.

June 26, 2012  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

And let's not forget about the Head Coach.

Which I believe to be their biggest issue in the maturing process.

June 26, 2012  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Pretty hard not to when you have this guy. Him and Fitzgerald are head and shoulders above every other wr in the league

If Their 'D' shows up........they could be contenders............if not, they still have a good shot at a wild card

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June 26, 2012  11:36 AM ET
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Which I believe to be their biggest issue in the maturing process.

agreed

June 26, 2012  12:00 PM ET

The Vikings are trying out a 5'9" cornerback they think will be able to defend him.

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June 26, 2012  01:22 PM ET
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Megatron is a model citizen. It's the other inmates I worry about.

Ha! But none have wound up there so give credit...

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