Detroit Lions WRs rejoice over Ben Johnson’s ‘changed’ offense

This season, the Detroit Lions urged coach Ben Johnson to be a frustrating teammate. Generally, this was a ritual. Johnson had his fingers all the time on the offense as head coach Dan Campbell decided to take over the role of singing player from then-OC Anthony Lynn in the middle of the season. From then on, Johnson’s influence on the offense grew.

Now that we are moving to Year 2 of Campbell’s term, it seems that Johnson has a number of wrong ideas in 2022.

“I would say it’s different from last year,” said receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown told reporters Wednesday. “Certainly a new language. You need to start over. Obviously, there is a slight rollover from last year, but not much. He has made it into a work of its own making. It seems like a new language, it takes just a minute, but once we understand it, it’s easier for us. ”

Unsurprisingly, the lion players did not want to elaborate on this new offense – and there is a lot Johnson should do and make – but we did get some tips.

First, it seems that lions will have a lot of moving parts when it comes to their fault. Because most recipients can play multiple positions, Detroit is ready to take advantage of this flexibility.

This favors the new Lions receiver DJ Chark, who admitted he had a share in his previous misconduct, which has plagued four different managers over the past four years.

“A couple of years ago, I don’t want to say (I have) and put it in the box, but I’m just going through the motions and the schemes,” Chark said. “Here, (I’m playing) a couple of places, I’m walking around, and driving all the way.

“Even if I don’t run with them in the game, I practice and do it over and over, and I get better. I think this helps me a lot because I feel that this is the time when I can do the best I can and move around. This is what the threat requires of us, to be able to identify multiple locations and move around, to do what every player does best and attack the defense as best we can. “

One area that Chark believes he can change his game is yards after the game. For most of his career in Jacksonville, Chark was a very fast runner who was asked to use his height to catch the fish he competed against. In Detroit, he is looking forward to getting the ball in his hand and running.

“I’m happy to have the ball in my hands and be able to run, move, show strength, things like that,” said Chark. “Being able to do that, too, in addition to what I’ve been doing in the past would be very exciting.”

St. Brown, whose ending last season coincided with exactly when Campbell took over the singing role, is also pleased with the new record. Seriously, he is just fascinated by his new host.

“I think Ben’s entry into the middle of the season has really helped us as a mistake with this game,” St. Brown said. “I love him. I think he’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever had, and I’m glad he’s a disappointing coach.”

Obviously, there is also the addition of 12th general pick Jameson Williams to staff. The former Alabama receiver who lifted 1,572 yards with a 15-yard touchdown pass last season may or may not be ready for the start of the season due to an ACL that broke in January, but one thing is certain, he will open the error as soon as he finishes. —With his speed of 4.3 (4.2?) – hit the field.

“I think it just opened a lot of holes in the middle,” St. Brown said. “I don’t think we did very well last year with deep ball. It’s part of the offense that we want to fix, and adding guys like that can help us. Like I said, just open a lot of holes in the middle, so it’ll be good for us.

Expectations in the case will be higher this year. Detroit’s ugly line – which was damaged and injured last year – is heading to a gymnasium. Detroit is bringing back their strong running back, Jared Goff enters Year 2 in Detroit, and with Chark and Williams’ additions to the receiving team that ended in the middle of last season, it looks like all the pieces are in place. .

“When (Williams) gets here and we can put it all together, I think it will make it easier for everyone,” Chark said. “Most of the time when I make a mistake, I like to be the one to open the courts for others, but it is cold to open up to others and they do the same. We just have so many different pieces: o-lines and good backbacks. I am happy. I think the universe is limited.

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