Lions’ QB carousel not stopping Johnson from producing

Posted Dec. 06, 2010 @ 3:40 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

The Lions are now on their third quarterback of the 2010 season, but Calvin Johnson has managed to be a constant throughout the QB turmoil.

With injuries sidelining both Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill, third-stringer Drew Stanton got the nod against the Bears and had a decent day, finishing with 178 yards, one passing TD and one rushing score. But while most receivers' value would be shot if they had to play with a No. 3 QB, that wasn't the case Sunday with Johnson, who had three catches for 66 yards and a TD against one of the league's best defenses.

Despite being forced to adjust to three different signalcallers, "Megatron" is having a monster season. He already has tied a career high with 12 TDs, and he's on pace for more than 80 catches and 1,160 yards. Those would have been solid totals had he played with one QB all season long, so the fact that he has done it with three is even more remarkable. Now that he has managed to shake the injury bug, he has developed into a truly elite wideout.

Having Stanton under center, which could be the case for at least a couple more games, won't be quite as kind to some of Detroit's other receivers, as he isn't going to chuck it as often or with as much accuracy as Hill. But Johnson is so difficult to defend that he would probably produce even with Ndamukong Suh playing QB.