Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson leads the NFL with 821 receiving yards. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Hall of Famer Deion Sanders could have shut down Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
That's a good thing, because no one on the current Cowboys roster could stop Johnson on Sunday as he lit up their defense for 14 receptions for 329 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' 31-30 win on Sunday.
"Yes, I do. That's just it," Jones said on KRLD-FM when asked if Sanders could stop Johnson. "Deion has such catch-up speed and he had real good center-field ability, and I mean that ... in [a] football sense. He could really play the ball, and he had such ability to get into position to play the ball.
Sanders played for the Cowboys from 1995 to 1999, helping them to their last Super Bowl title.
"Now, you're talking about the greatest cover guy maybe that's played this game. I've seen where he's been declared the greatest cover guy. Hall of Famer. But I do think he could do a real good job on Johnson. Johnson's going to get some probably, but I think he could do a great job. Deion's a great player."BANKS: At 4-4, Cowboys continuing reign of mediocrity never before seen