Lions' Burleson: Dez Bryant doesn't stack up to Calvin Johnson
When asked about Denver's Demaryius Thomas a few weeks ago, Dez Bryant said the Broncos wide receiver is "the best at what he do and I'm the best at what I do."
The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver recently made a similar statement about Detroit's Calvin Johnson during an interview on 103.3 KESN-FM. Bryant added that he believes he can do whatever Johnson can.
No surprise, Bryant's opinion made its way back to Detroit and Lions veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson weighed in Tuesday.
"Listen, I like Dez. I think he's one of the best receivers in the game right now," Burleson said. "Very talented. Fast, big, strong. He possesses all the tools to possibly be as good as Calvin. But he's not Calvin Johnson. No way, no how. Sorry, Dez. Keep it real."
Burleson, who is out with a broken arm, called Johnson – considered by many to be the league's top receiver – a "living legend."
Bryant apparently got word that his comments were making headlines because he tweeted the following on Tuesday: "I see I have to be extra careful about what I say."
In seven games this season, Bryant has 42 catches for 569 yards and six touchdowns. Johnson, who was out Week 5 with a knee injury, has 33 catches for 492 yards and six touchdowns in five games.
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