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Detroit Lions Passing Game: Not Based on Wide Receivers

Calvin Johnson is a promising young star at the wide receiver position. He is also his team's only real receiving threat at the position. After him come Nate Burleson, Bryant Johnson, and Stefan Logan, not exactly a murderer's row. One advantage the Jets will take into games from this point forward is the ability to have Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie match up against receiving duos. The Lions really only utilize Johnson in the passing game, though.

Jahvid Best is the second leading receiver on the roster with 36 receptions and 316 yards. The Jets will need to beware of him as Detroit will look to target him on screens to try and catch Gang Green blitzing. Tight ends Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew rank third and fourth. They both have over 40 targets. Johnson is the only Detroit receiver with over 30. What this means is the Jets should limit packages with Jim Leonhard in man coverage since we will see double tight sets.

While the caveat exists that these tendencies are mainly based on 5 games where Shaun Hill started instead of Sunday's starter, Matthew Stafford, these are Detroit's best weapons in the passing game. Gang Green won't be able to take it away simple with its terrific corners.