Dallas receiver Dez Bryant thinks he “can do whatever he can do.”
NFL analyst Cris Carter refused to count him among the league’s six best wide receivers two years ago.
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman changed his own Twitter handle to Optimus Prime.
The list goes on and on. The slings and arrows, the quips and japes and jabs come often and from everywhere.
This is what it’s like to be Calvin Johnson these days. This is what it’s like to be the best receiver in the NFL.
With the exception of doubts from the delusional, few would question that the Lions receiver is on top of the mountain of the league’s pass-catchers. And from his perch, Johnson regularly and stoically endures challengers nipping at his heels like dull-toothed puppies nibbling on the alpha dog.
Dominic Raiola, the Lions’ feisty center, just laughs at the onslaught Johnson constantly faces.
“Words that I live by: Don’t hunt what you can’t kill,” Raiola said with a chuckle.
Indeed. Johnson’s predators have mostl