OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson chuckled when asked about the comments from Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam, who called the three-time Pro Bowl player “pretty old” on Wednesday.
“I’m getting old,” Johnson said with a laugh in a conference call Thursday with Baltimore reporters. “It’s all good. I’ll show him what that old man’s strength about, though.”
Johnson, 28, who is six years older than Elam, wasn’t taken aback when he learned of what the Ravens rookie said about him.
“It doesn’t surprise me because he don’t have to see me on the field,” Johnson said. “So, he can talk all he wants. He plays back and I don’t see him every play unless I run past him. I’m not worried about it.”
The conference call began with Johnson being asked about the Ravens secondary. Johnson described the safeties as “kind of young,” which is likely a poke at what Elam had said the previous day.
Johnson said, in general, the Ravens’ safeties are “nothing extraordinary.”
“Those are definitely guys we can make plays on,” he said.
Johnson is second in the NFL with 1,351 yards receiving. He has 75 catches and 12 touchdown receptions.
This situation with Elam is similar to the one two months ago, when Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said he was just as good a receiver as Johnson. Johnson put up 329 yards receiving against the Cowboys, the second-biggest receiving game in NFL history.
“Anything negative that comes at me throughout the week, you just take it and put it in that box over there for motivation and use it on Sunday,” Johnson said.
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