October 20, 02012
Calvin Johnson has only one touchdown reception through the first five games of the season.
But he points out he should have had one last Sunday in an overtime victory at Philadelphia. Johnson made a play in the end zone but officials ruled he was guilty of offensive pass interference for pushing off against Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
Asked about it, Johnson launched into a discussion of the new flopping rule in the NBA, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
“There was hardly any contact," Johnson said, according to the report. "I was just feeling where I was at. I went back and watched it on film and I was like, 'Come on, ref.' The crazy thing was, he was looking at me and didn't throw the flag until after the dude (Asomugha) said something.
“That would have been a fine (if the NFL had a flopping rule)," he said. "I am glad the NBA is starting that rule. That used to tick me off about the NBA, too."
Johnson can complain all he wants about the Asomugha play. But he did make contact with the cornerback before going up in the air and the officials are going to be right when they call that every time.
Even if Johnson had scored at Philadelphia, he’d have only two touchdowns. At this juncture last season, he had scored nine times.
"I'm not really (frustrated)," he said. "If I was dropping touchdown passes, then, yeah. But coverages have been dictating a lot of things down there. The touchdowns will come. We are still moving the ball and that's all that matters."
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