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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- From his catchy nickname to his sturdy performance on the field, Calvin Johnson often seems indestructible. So it was a bit startling when the star wide receiver was limited by injuries toward the end of last season, finally sitting out the finale after his Detroit Lions were eliminated from playoff contention. Johnson had surgery in the off-season on a knee and a finger, both of which caused problems for him in 2013. He still put up terrific numbers for the Lions, but he was held under 100 yards in the last three games he played and couldnt prevent the collapse that kept Detroit out of the post-season. On Tuesday, "Megatron" was out on the practice field, preparing for what he hopes will be a healthier, more successful season. "It feels great to be out here playing with the guys," Johnson said. "I missed a lot of practice time last year before games. You definitely feel like you need that practice time before a game, just to get on one accord with your quarterback." Johnson caught 84 passes for 1,492 yards last season -- great stats for almost any player, but his worst output in both categories since 2010. It was never entirely clear how much Johnsons knee was bothering him, but then-coach Jim Schwartz conceded in late December that the star receiver was nowhere near 100 per cent. "It was bad enough where I had to get it drained every week," Johnson said. "The finger, it was stuck at 90 degrees. Its good to have those things freed up." The Lions fired Schwartz and replaced him with Jim Caldwell in the off-season, meaning Detroit is implementing a new offence. Quarterback Matthew Stafford will be under pressure to limit the mistakes that plagued him last year -- and he should have an easier time if Johnson is back at full strength. Although Johnson missed only two games last season, he wasnt able to practice all that regularly. That time is valuable even for a veteran who will turn 29 in September. "You kind of lose your wind a little bit. You know the plays, but I feel that you have to go out there and practice to be able to play at your best," Johnson said. "Im a firm believer in that. I had experience in the offence, therefore I was able to go out there and still play, but Im a firm believer that being out there during the week definitely improves your performance on Sunday." With Nate Burleson no longer on the Lions, Johnson is now the elder statesmen of Detroit wide receivers, and hes always led by example. Its easier to do that, of course, when hes healthy enough to practice. "Its nice to have him back and working at full strength. Im so happy for him," centre Dominic Raiola said. "The guys so tough. Its hard to get him out of there. Hell play through anything. For him to be healthy right now and being out there with the team, thats big time." 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"Well over 50 (per cent)," coach Claude Noel said Tuesday after practice, where the Jets were looking at ways to cut down the scoring chances theyve been giving away.RENTON, Wash. - Everyone has seen Percy Harvin take the quick screen or a handoff on a fly sweep and turn a play that starts at the line of scrimmage into a gain of 20 or 30 or more yards.But after five games this season with the Seattle Seahawks, questions remain about whether Harvin can be more of an option as a pass catcher down the field.Well, we know hes got speed and we know he can go down the field with speed, Seattle offensive co-ordinator Darrell Bevell said. Hes got great quickness so we can use him in that. The test always is, is to make sure some of those guys get the ball in their hands.The Seahawks are still trying to figure out how best to use the unique talents of Harvin within a run-first offence. Seattle never got its trial and error opportunity with Harvin last season following his trade from Minnesota because of hip surgery that limited him to one regular-season game. His on-field influence was never fully felt until the Super Bowl.So that process is happening for the first time now. The difficulty in fitting Harvin in was most evident last week in Seattles 30-23 loss to Dallas.I just think they overall had a great defensive game plan just taking away the bubble screens, some of the sweeps they took away, Harvin said. Overall (their) defensive co-ordinator had a heck of a game plan. It slowed us down. It threw us off rhythm.Marshawn Lynch finished with only 10 carries and just two in the first half. Seattle attempted to throw three wide receiver screens to Harvin that went for zero yards and he had three rushes for (minus)-1 yard. The fact Harvin finished with nearly as many overall touches as Lynch had carries had fans in an uproar that a run-first team was not leaning on its workhorse. It didnt help that Seattle finished with only 48 offensive plays and was 5 of 13 on thirdd downs.ddddddddddddWe want to get the running game going, we want (Lynch) to be a big factor, and we want you to have to deal with that running game that number 24 brings us. And when were not, were not quite the same and we dont want it to be that way, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.This season, Harvin has 22 receptions, with 12 of those coming behind the line of scrimmage. He has only one catch on a ball thrown more than 10 yards, according to STATS Inc. Harvins average of 6 yards per catch is last among all wide receivers in the NFL averaging at least two receptions per game.The average point where Harvin is catching the ball through five games is 1.1 yards past the line of scrimmage, also the lowest number in the NFL. Against Denver, Harvin finished with 42 yards receiving, with 41 coming after the catch.Harvins numbers are slightly skewed because of big plays that have been called back due to penalties. He had a 40-yard touchdown catch against Washington called back because of a penalty. But for the most part, Seattle has simply thrown the ball to Harvin immediately and asked him to try to break a big play.While the clamour is for Harvin to be used more down field, the track record throughout his career is that Harvin is not much of a threat down field. Harvin has 303 career receptions and only 11 of those came on a throw that travelled more than 20 yards, according to STATS. More than half of his receptions — 241 total — have come within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage and 115 of those behind the line of scrimmage.Im just staying within the offence. When my number is called, Im trying to do it to the best of my ability, Harvin said. 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