‘Megatron’ receives praise from up-coming opponents.
Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has conceded that Detroit Lions counterpart Calvin Johnson “is the best”.
The Lions wide receiver led the league last season with 1,964 receiving yards, and has been the subject of a great deal of praise from this weekend’s opponents as the Cardinals look to stop him at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday.
While Arizona coach Bruce Arians has already praised the 27-year-old after labelling him the “best receiver in the league”, he also insisted that he would be coming up against the best cornerback in the league in Patrick Peterson.
Arians is looking forward to the pair going head-to-head on Sunday, while Fitzgerald will hope to continue to improve his own statistics line in what is his 10th year in the NFL.
The 30-year-old has 772 receptions in 141 games, and became the second-youngest player to 10,000 career yards while also becoming the youngest to 700 receptions.
However, while his own stats may be impressive, Johnson is not that far behind in what is only his seventh year in the league.
‘Megatron’ has 7,836 yards through his first six seasons, compared to Fitzgerald’s 7.067 in his first six years in the NFL.
Nevertheless, despite the similar figures, Fitzgerald still believes that Johnson is a cut above the rest but will be hopeful that his defensive line-up can limit him on Sunday.
“Calvin’s the best,” he said as quoted by ESPN. “I mean, look at his numbers. It is what it is.”
The Lions got off to a winning start last weekend with a 34-24 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings, meanwhile it wasn’t such a successful start to the season for the Cardinals, who will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 24-27 loss to the St. Louis Rams.