NFC North Blog
Defenses have a hard enough time trying to guard Calvin Johnson just because he is a huge human being with a ridiculous catch radius and athleticism. Now before they try their best against Megatron, defensive players will have to find him first.
Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is finding creative ways to get Johnson involved in the offense, and one particular way involves playing Johnson out wide, in the slot and with pre-snap motion.
"I think he's going to move around a lot," Lombardi said of Johnson. "If they want to roll coverage to him or double him, it's harder if he's in multiple spots."
Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson broke his collarbone in three places and is out until at least midseason, according to USA Today. The injury occurred two weeks ago, and Wilson had surgery Aug. 5. The earliest return date for Wilson would likely be Week 10, following the Bears' Week 9 bye. In Wilson's absence, expect newly acquired WR Santonio Holmes to get a strong look as the WR3 in Chicago.
Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune spoke with head coach Marc Trestman about WR Santonio Holmes' history of bad behavior and if it could affect the Bears' organization.
"What's in the past is in the past," Trestman said. "I think we know what we have here with the men we have in our locker room, and I think I'd just leave it at that. The guys, no matter who has come through our locker room in the last year and a half, our guys have done a tremendous job of reaching out, of welcoming them."
Holmes will be competing for No. 3 WR duties after Marquess Wilson broke his collarbone and is expected to be out 12-14 weeks.
Facing an upgraded St. Louis defense, Packer RB Eddie Lacy gashed through the first-string defense multiple times, carrying five times for 25 yards and adding two receptions for 22 yards. While it was only one series, Lacy looked fast and refreshed, busting through the line and breaking multiple tackles. He will have plenty of opportunities to continue the performance this year with the high-passing caliber of Aaron Rodgers with a solid wide receiving core to boot.