Baltimore Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam now has the attention of Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. As we all know, that is probably not a good thing. One day after Elam called Johnson "old" and emphasized the need for physical play against the NFL’s best receiver on Monday Night Football, “Ol' Man Johnson” responded to the Ravens media on Thursday.
Calvin johnson laughed about matt elam's old comment said 'I am getting kind of old I can show him that old-man strength' — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) December 12, 2013
Calvin johnson didn't seem offended at all by matt elam's comments more amused than anything else — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) December 12, 2013
Calvin Johnson on conference call: 'Just safeties, nothing extraordinary. Those are definitely guys we can make plays on.' — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) December 12, 2013
Calvin Johnson on Elam 'He can talk all he wants. He plays back. I don’t see him every play unless I run past him. Not worried about it.' — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) December 12, 2013
Johnson’s response was worse for Elam than a war of words. Detroit's standout receiver is not known for talking trash. Johnson is a quiet player who always takes the high road and avoids controversy. Earlier this season, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant compared himself to Johnson, and said, "I believe I can do whatever he can do." Instead of firing back, Johnson responded with 329 receiving yards and one touchdown against Dallas. Bryant had three receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
Elam is sort of like the child who embarrasses their parent in public. Sometimes the parent does not say a word, but that does not mean that child will avoid a butt-whipping when they get home. If any receiver can spank a secondary, Johnson can administer that punishment. During an interview on Wednesday, Elam, 22-years-old, showed his age when he questioned the 28-year-old receiver.
"He's pretty old, so I don't know how physical he'll be,'' Elam said. "He's a big guy, but he's older. I guess when they get older they're not going to be as physical, you know what I'm saying? We're going to have to be physical, make him uncomfortable."
Elam, you are about to be very uncomfortable against Johnson on Monday.
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