Niyo: Hall-of-Famer Calvin Johnson's star couldn't be dimmed by Lions' on-field struggles

John Niyo
The Detroit News

They started with basics — the stance, the starts, the footwork and his breaks — not because Calvin Johnson was a novice. No, it was because he had everything else: The size, the speed, the otherworldly athleticism and an uncommon work ethic.

Johnson had a notion of what was possible back then. But Shawn Jefferson, his new position coach, had no doubts about the talent he was working with once Johnson had arrived in Detroit in 2007.

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