Calvin Johnson

Lions have new motto among receivers

The Lions are coming off their bye week hoping to reverse what has been a disappointing start to the season. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

Being on a three-game losing streak doesn’t change our mentality, though we have a new motto within the receivers room: “No more Mr. Nice Guy.”

We need to turn up our intensity a little bit, especially in our position. We’re not playing bad by any means, but we can turn up our intensity and make more plays happen to help out in the run game. That’s kind of what we’re focusing on right now.

Finding a rhythm on offense has been tough because we’re seeing a lot of different coverages. We have to adapt to it. That’s our job. We can’t just let defenses keep doing what they’re doing, or they’re going to keep on doing it. It’s a copycat league — we have to come up with something to answer it. So if defenses want to play two-man or double me, somebody else has to step up and make plays.

I’m looking forward to going up against the Eagles’ defense on Sunday. This might be a chance when we get quite a bit of one-on-one coverages in a game, which we haven’t seen since early last year, really. It’s going to be good for us at the receiver positions, tight ends, everybody that’s touching the ball on offense has the chance to have a good game …

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