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Redskins will have their hands full with 'Megatron'

Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson is listed at 6 foot 5 and 236 pounds.

"He's s big boy, big body," Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "And he's really good. He can run, so you're gonna have to do a lot of things on him."

The fourth-year player is a difficult matchup for all of the Lions' opponents, and the Redskins face a huge challenge Sunday at Ford Field. Johnson has 29 receptions for 437 yards (a 15.1 average) and five touchdowns.

The Redskins plan to mix up their coverage in an attempt to contain Johnson as much as possible.

"You've got to jam him, play off, try a bunch of things," Rogers said. "But he's a physical guy, too, and he will block. He does everything you want a receiver to do.

"There are a lot of receivers who can really play, but Calvin is on another level, especially when they give him the ball that many times. He's going to have a lot of chances to make plays. Of course, you want the challenge."

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall matched the NFL single-game record with four interceptions -- all in the game's final 24 minutes -- in the Week 7 victory against Chicago. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler continued to pass toward Hall's side of the field because of "his arrogance," Rogers said. "I heard what he said after the game [about not changing his approach against the Redskins]. I couldn't believe it.

"But Cutler, being a cocky guy like him, and I guess he had some success against D-Hall in Denver, so he just kept doing it. He's not scared, he's not afraid of him [Hall], but we'll see what they [the Lions] do this week. We'll see how things go. But with Calvin, whoever's on his side, he's gonna get the ball regardless. That's who they throw the ball to. I don't know if they're gonna look at it like trying to go away from a certain guy. He's their guy. That's who they throw the ball to."

By Jason Reid  | October 29, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Carlos Rogers, DeAngelo Hall  
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Comments

Rogers will hold his own against Megatron...you heard it here FIRST...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 29, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

yikes brown....thats just like saying Rogers will pick one off...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 29, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

If DHall has four picks every game the rest of the season...he will end up with 41 interceptions this year...shattering the NFL record.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

J-Reid does it suck to cover a team you obviously hate. I don't think you have to like the team you cover but being unbiased wouldn't hurt.

I think I heard JLC needs an assistant with the NFL network maybe he will give you a job again.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 29, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Greg, notice I said "hold his own" and not "shut down"...even I'm not THAT crazy...

And CR had better prove himself in this game too...since, you know, DHall and Fletch are gonna be on the scrap heap next year...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 29, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Being underdogs at 4-3 to the Lions is going to fully motivate this team. I'm not worried at all.

Posted by: Devo2 | October 29, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I think I heard JLC needs an assistant with the NFL network maybe he will give you a job again.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 29, 2010 12:21 PM


Unless that job entails being JLC's voice coach, I'm not sure what he'd do...oh wait, maybe he could keep that stray eye of his straight when he's on camera...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 29, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Love pregnant chicks...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 29, 2010 10:26 AM

The Chinese say NO!!! What, are you gonna give the kid a littrle buddy to play with up there?? freakin' buncha deviated preverts..

Posted by: frak | October 29, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

J-Reid does it suck to cover a team you obviously hate. I don't think you have to like the team you cover but being unbiased wouldn't hurt.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 29, 2010 12:21 PM

Ever notice Reid is wearing Cowboys colors in his pic up there...

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

RSH, it seems like you have a misguided notion that all of the Redskins problems can be solved in one offseason. We have way too many holes to fill to consider replacing players like Fletcher and Hall, both of whom are amongst the most productive players on our defense.

How about we solidify the O-line, the D-line, the WR corps, and maybe add some depth at RB and Safety? Isn't that enough of a project to try to accomplish with limited draft picks, without also trying to replace two of the team leaders just because they are not a "perfect fit"? How many teams can you name that have a "perfect fit" at all 22 starting positions?

Let's worry about fixing the glaring weaknesses before nitpicking the minor imperfections.

Posted by: kaasmaster | October 29, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

AH, Osackpo, and Landry are gonna make Stafford wish he'd waited another week to come back.

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | October 29, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Johnson might be Megatron, but this Sunday Landry's gonna play Optimus and crush his azz! Now all we need is some cheerleaders to look like Megan Fox and we're set!!!

On a side note, why are there still teams that don't have cheerleaders? The Lions, Packers, Bears, Giants, Browns, and Steelers all suck, it's un-American to NOT have cheerleaders!

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Ever notice Reid is wearing Cowboys colors in his pic up there...

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 12:30 PM


Coincidence, I'm sure...dude is from California so I'd be a bit surprised if his rooting interests lie in Texas.

frak, take a sex-ed class or something dude...I mean, really...

kaas, stop making sense...RSH clearly wants to play Madden and create 53 "perfect fit" players instead of rolling with the guys that are already on the roster, under contract, and productive...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 29, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

On a side note, why are there still teams that don't have cheerleaders? The Lions, Packers, Bears, Giants, Browns, and Steelers all suck, it's un-American to NOT have cheerleaders!

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 12:36 PM


Because it's football, not a car wash. Plus, it's kinda outdated...not as outdated as having a band (the Ravens are the only other team outside of us to still have one), but some of those teams would rather have people focus on the football instead of the scattered ass on the sideline.

Except for Detroit...if they had cheerleaders, they'd be the drunk co-eds from "The Waterboy"...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 29, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The QB can't throw to an open Beast WR if he's on his kiester.

VelosORAKPO!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 29, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I like football... and the scattered ass on the sideline.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Every week I've predicted a CR22 pick, it hasn't happened. I've been wrong 100% of the time on that.

This week, I'm predicting CR22 will NOT have a pick...

Let's see if I can maintain that perfectly imperfect average...

Posted by: Alan4 | October 29, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

On a side note, why are there still teams that don't have cheerleaders? The Lions, Packers, Bears, Giants, Browns, and Steelers all suck, it's un-American to NOT have cheerleaders!

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 12:36 PM
The Lions don't have any excuse, but the others all play at outdoor stadiums where it is often crappy and cold. I guess they figure that ther is no point to a cheerlearer in a winter coat.

Posted by: kaasmaster | October 29, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Because it's football, not a car wash. Plus, it's kinda outdated...not as outdated as having a band (the Ravens are the only other team outside of us to still have one), but some of those teams would rather have people focus on the football instead of the scattered ass on the sideline.

Except for Detroit...if they had cheerleaders, they'd be the drunk co-eds from "The Waterboy"...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 29, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you obviously have some hatred for cheerleaders! But I think the other 99.9% of American men, even some women, want to see cheerleaders! That car wash idea is pretty good brownwood. The only thing better than cheerleaders is wet/soapy cheerleaders!!!

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Redskins will destroy detroit. the end.

Posted by: risher80 | October 29, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins will destroy detroit. Landry will return an INT for a TD. The End.

Posted by: risher80 | October 29, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Redskins will destroy detroit. the end.

Posted by: risher80 | October 29, 2010 12:51 PM

The city...or the team?

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Landry will return an INT for a TD. Detroit = Destroyed on sunday. The End.

Posted by: risher80 | October 29, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

The Lions don't have any excuse, but the others all play at outdoor stadiums where it is often crappy and cold. I guess they figure that ther is no point to a cheerlearer in a winter coat.


Posted by: kaasmaster | October 29, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but New England and Buffalo both have cheerleaders, that's a cop-out. Even the Jets just got them a couple years ago!

Let's make November 'TaTas for all Teams' month!

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The only thing better than cheerleaders is wet/soapy cheerleaders!!!

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 12:50 PM

Monk, you are a marketing genius!!!!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Our offense can't score, so unless you consider 17-13 as "destroyed", it ain't gonna happen. Let's just get to our bye week at 5-3!

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | October 29, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The city...or the team?

the city's already destroyed...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 29, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Monk, you are a marketing genius!!!!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I got a machine just like you!

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Alan4, don't get greedy. Carlos already hit his average of one pick per season. Two would be ridiculous.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 29, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Monk, you are a marketing genius!!!!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I got a machine just like you!

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 1:01 PM

Sorry...I meant GENIUS!

What does your machine say?

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Santana Moss is 5th ranked and Megatron is 18th ranked received in NFL.

Stop the RUN! Rest will fall in place. Rams and Colts detroyed this defense with run game. Focus where focus is needed rather than Megatron BS.

Posted by: SeedofChange | October 29, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

What does your machine say?

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

It told me about the cheerleaders, and the score will be 34-17. It might need to be fixed cause it also said Reid was a good reporter. Oh well, 2 out 3 ain't bad! Where'd you get yours fixed?

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Megatron ALWAYS loses. Might wanna switch his name to Voltron!

Let's go, Voltron Force!

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead | October 29, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Calvin is a beast, no doubt. But despite his manos de piedra, 'Los is having a very solid season. I'd say holding "Megatron" to 5 catches for 60 yards and a touch would be reasonable. LaRon will help over the top. Just don't let him kill you singlehandedly, not like they have a ton of weapons.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 29, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 29, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Where'd you get yours fixed?

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 1:09 PM

I found this little watch repair shop downtown...they have a back room where they repair time machines, number crunching machines, and run a sports book...if we really score 34 points...I'm tossing mine.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=schefter_adam&page=10spot/10week08

Posted by: Notorious_LMG

HAH, I almost feel bad. That's just insane...let the list continue this week against the Lions!!!!! Keep knocking them out!

Posted by: rachel216 | October 29, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Alan4, don't get greedy. Carlos already hit his average of one pick per season. Two would be ridiculous.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 29, 2010 1:02 PM

He's in a contract year. Dude has to double his average. Compare AH's contract year to any year since.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 29, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

That story will be Notorious!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 29, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Of the 'Skins' starting corners, 'Los doesn't gamble as much and is therefore a more fundamentally sound cover guy. He is also a much better tackler and would be more likely to be able to get Johnson to the ground when/if he catches the ball. But if DHall is on Megatron, Stafford better be very accurate with all of his passes, or Hall will take some of them back the other way. It will be interesting to see how the 'Skins cover Johnson.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | October 29, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Where'd you get yours fixed?

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 1:09 PM

I found this little watch repair shop downtown...they have a back room where they repair time machines, number crunching machines, and run a sports book...if we really score 34 points...I'm tossing mine.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, any machine that keeps telling you 24-20 is a NERD machine!

Posted by: monk811 | October 29, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse


beeps peeps

Posted by: hessone | October 29, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

beeps peeps

Posted by: hessone | October 29, 2010 1:46 PM

Cosign

Posted by: PlayAction | October 29, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

So Johnson has 427 yards this season? What the heck, we give up that many in a game!

Posted by: David90 | October 29, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

So Johnson has 437 yards this season? What the heck, we give up that many yards a game! Big deal.

Posted by: David90 | October 29, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

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