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RB Kerryon Johnson - Detroit Lions

6-0, 212Born: 6-30-1997College: AuburnDrafted: Round 2, pick

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): Johnson looks good and he is showing his pass catching prowess. He is stuck in a three-way committee, but Theo Riddick and LeGarrette Blount have already gotten dinged and missed some snaps this year. Be patient with Johnson even though he's not startable yet.

Week 3: vs New England Patriots

All RB vs NE

FBG says: Good matchup. In Week 2, for virtually the first time in years, the Lions saw a spark of dynamic running in their backfield. LeGarrette Blount and rookie Kerryon Johnson racked up numerous chunk gains against the 49ers. The hope, of course, is that the explosive Johnson eventually runs away with the gig, and the team could shift its focus that way as soon as this weekend. Johnson has yet to get into much of a rhythm with the Lions trailing for all of the young season, but he looks both fast and quick-footed and represents the dynamism this team has been chasing for years. Blount's role is officially under siege. It's too early to tell whether the Lions' front line is improving with first-round guard Frank Ragnow on board, but its arrow is at least theoretically pointing up. The New England run defense, which allowed the league's second-most yardage per carry in 2017, doesn't look improved. The front line, built specifically to beef up against the run with two new nose tackles, can only do so much. Eventually, miscast linebackers like Kyle Van Noy and Dont'a Hightower will be exposed as relatively soft run-stuffers. The linemen draw their share of the blame as well, though. The tackle rotation is deep and talented, but maddeningly inconsistent. That was on display as the Jaguars routinely caved in the right side last Sunday, freeing T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant for big gains. Lamar Miller took similar advantage throughout Week 1. The unit will be in even sorrier shape against the Lions if strong safety Patrick Chung can't clear the concussion protocol.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs NYJ 16 5 17 0 3 3 20 0 0 3.7
2 at SF 36 8 43 0 6 5 23 0 0 6.6
3 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 9 * * 2 * * * *
3 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 8 * * 4 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Kerryon Johnson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs SF (8 / 43 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 23 / 0 rec)

Kerryon Johnson worked in a time share with LeGarrette Blount as early as the first drive of the game. Johnson was a clear backup as recently as week three of the preseason, so the change to full blown committee is a positive and quick progression. Johnson added more in the passing game and his work on the perimeter is beyond what Blount can add to the offense. Johnson's workload is capped by the receiving work of Theo Riddick but can continue to expand over the course of the season.

2018 Week 1 vs NYJ (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

With Ameer Abdullah inactive, Kerryon Johnson was the clear second back behind LeGarrette Blount. Johnson did not get large volume in a game that got out of hand early but looked good in limited carries. He was able to get to the edge and offer more versatility than Blount in the running game. Johnson was also used in the receiving game, where he made a good one-handed catch on a ball behind him. With Blount leaving the game with an injury, Johnson could be in line for a larger role in coming weeks.

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Latest News

Lions | Kerryon Johnson has quiet debut (Mon Sep 10, 11:43 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson rushed five times for 17 yards in the Week 1 game against the New York Jets and he added three catches for 20 yards.

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Schedule

3vs New England Patriots
4@ Dallas Cowboys
5vs Green Bay Packers
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Miami Dolphins
8vs Seattle Seahawks
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10@ Chicago Bears
11vs Carolina Panthers
12vs Chicago Bears
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15@ Buffalo Bills
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17@ Green Bay Packers