Matt Elam is a rookie. As a rookie, he has a lot to learn about the NFL both on and off the field.
The description of his Monday night opponent started out well.
"Big, fast, athletic, unstoppable, freak," Elam said of Johnson, per the Detroit Free Press.
Then the 22-year-old had a brain fart.
"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."
Aside from being flat-out wrong -- Johnson is 28; even in the NFL, that isn't old -- Elam made the mistake of poking the Transformer.
Why? Why would any player say anything that could be construed as an insult to one of the NFL's best players?
Johnson went off for 329 yards receiving that week.
"Megatron. Anytime someone has a nickname like that, you know, kid's real," Suggs said. "He's probably, arguably the best receiver in the game, and it's going to take all 11 guys to tend to him."
That is a pro response.