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Calvin Johnson 'looking forward' to single coverage by the Jets

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson runs for

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson runs for a 67-yard touchdown reception during the first quarter of a game against the Giants in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Credit: AP / Carlos Osorio

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Calvin Johnson is well aware of the success Packers receiver Jordy Nelson had against the Jets two weeks ago, and he knows what the Bears' Alshon Jeffery was able to do against them Monday night.

So yes, Johnson, the Lions' 6-5, 236-pound star receiver, said he definitely is licking his chops at the prospect of going up against the Jets' undermanned and under-fire secondary Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

"No doubt," Johnson said Wednesday. "You definitely look forward to the opportunity to get single high coverage out there."

Nelson had nine catches for 209 yards and the winning touchdown. Jeffery's eight catches and 105 yards helped the Bears beat the Jets.

Johnson has 19 catches through three games and is fourth in the NFL with 329 yards. He knows that as often as the Jets blitz, he is bound to get plenty of one-on-one coverage, something he doesn't see too often.

And it's not as if the Jets have Darrelle Revis to stick on him, either. They may not even have Dee Milliner, who is battling a quadriceps injury. If Milliner, a 2013 first-round pick, remains sidelined, then Johnson will be matching up against Darrin Walls or converted safety Antonio Allen.

"I don't have anything negative to say about them," Johnson said of Walls and Allen, "but like I said, I'm just looking forward to the opportunity to get some single coverage."

And what if the Jets do something unexpected, such as double-teaming Johnson the entire game?

"If they want to do that, then we have a plethora of other playmakers that can go out there and get the job done as well," he said. "So you kind of got to pick your poison."

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