Ben Johnson enters his second year as tight ends coach after originally joining the Lions in 2019 as the team's offensive quality control coach.
In 2020, Johnson guided second-year TE T.J. Hockenson to his first-career Pro Bowl after posting 67 receptions for 723 yards (10.8 avg.) and six touchdowns. Hockenson became just the fifth tight end in franchise history to earn Pro Bowl honors and the first since 1999. Among all NFL tight ends, Hockenson ranked in the top five in receiving yards (3rd), receiving 1st downs (3rd) and receptions (4th).