Cassius Vaughn doesn’t consider Calvin Johnson the ‘ideal receiver.’
No, that praise would be selling Johnson short.
Instead, Vaughn uses another term to describe the 6-foot-5-inches, 236-pound Johnson.
“No, the ideal receivers are the other guys. Calvin is a ‘freak of nature.’ He’s the total package,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn and the Colts secondary will try and limit the league’s leading receiver at 1,257 yards.
Johnson is averaging 114.3 receiving yards per game and is looking for his fifth straight game over 100 receiving yards.
“(Johnson) brings everything,” cornerback Darius Butler said. “If you want to go create a receiver on Madden that’s going to look like Calvin Johnson. He brings everything to the table so we are going to have to bring our ‘A’ game.”
Last season, Johnson and the Lions ended a playoff drought dating back to 1999 with a 10-6 record and an appearance in the NFC Wild Card.
At 4-7, Johnson acknowledged that this season hasn’t gone as planned but heading into the final month of the season the Lions mindset remains the same.
“Guys are still pushing. That hasn’t changed here in practice or anything like that,” Johnson said. “That’s the thing I like about what’s going on right now. Even though, we are not where we thought we should be at right now, at this point of the season, guys are still working their butts off.”
The Colts defensive backs weren’t afraid to share their praise of Johnson and the All-Pro receiver appreciated the kind words from the guys he will line up across from Sunday.
“You play to be the best. You play to win the Super Bowl. You play to compete,” Johnson said. “If you do that and you’re taken seriously, and find something to work on day-in-and-day-out than you can achieve that.”
In trying to defend Johnson, the Colts secondary is hoping to get the services of cornerback Vontae Davis back this weekend.
Davis has been on the sideline for the past four weeks and with him and Jerraud Powers out of the lineup, it’s been Vaughn and Butler filling the void.
No matter who the Colts place in the backend of the defense on Sunday, trying to neutralize Johnson is a gargantuan task.
“You just have to be on your Ps and Qs, your fundamentals and techniques,” Butler said. “Obviously (Johnson) has a size mismatch on pretty much every (defensive back) out there but you just have to put yourself in a position to make a play on the ball.”
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