RB Kerryon Johnson - Detroit Lions
|6-0, 212||Born: 6-30-1997||College: Auburn||Drafted: Round 2, pick|
Week 21: bye week
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Kerryon Johnson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 11 vs CAR (15 / 87 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Kerryon Johnson had a strong game before leaving with a knee injury in the third quarter. Johnson benefitted from improved offensive line play and ran well with positive runs that kept Detroit's offense on schedule. Johnson was elusive, breaking tackles, and was able to get to the edge of the Carolina defense for multiple chunk gains. He set Detroit up with a long run by breaking tackles to get in the red zone then capitalized on the next carry with an untouched touchdown run on a toss sweep. Johnson was less involved in the passing game than in the past two weeks but caught a screen pass and an easy target in the flat. Johnson was also strong in pass protection picking up multiple blitzes to help keep Matthew Stafford safe in the pocket. Johnson's injury was reported to be a sprained knee, so he will be in danger of missing Thursday's game against Chicago on a short week.
2018 Week 10 vs CHI (14 / 51 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 38 / 1 rec)
Kerryon Johnson had a strong game in a loss to Chicago. Johnson has continued to emerge as a centerpiece of the offense and Sunday was no different. He was involved early in the game running as the lead back in the offense throughout the game. Johnson lost goal line carries to LeGarrette Blount earlier in the season but was able to convert his own attempt at the goal line after Blount failed twice. Despite Theo Riddick's return to the offense, Johnson has maintained a role in the passing game, which combined with Riddick's use in the slot, has worked to fill Golden Tate's absence. Johnson's role in the passing game is more than just a check down option, as he was lined up outside and used in wide receiver alignments at different points throughout the game. While Johnson benefitted from check down usage on the final drive in garbage time, he did catch a touchdown pass on a well blocked screen in the second half. Johnson did lose a fumble while trying to gain extra yards at the end of a run but did not miss any time on the next series. Johnson faces Carolina at home next week.
2018 Week 9 vs MIN (12 / 37 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)
After strong performances in recent weeks, Kerryon Johnson had a down game about a Minnesota defense that wreaked havoc at the line of scrimmage. Detroit tried to get the running game established early, but frequent pressure and 10 sacks put Detroit in bad down and distance throughout the game. Johnson was again featured as the lead back but had limited success outside of one drive in the third quarter. Theo Riddick returned to the lineup which knocked Johnson out of the third down role in the offense, but he still managed 5 targets, including a red zone wheel route and a throw along the sideline of the end zone he dropped while attempting a toe tap. Riddick was used more in the formation and in the slot, so Johnson could continue to see targets in as the offense looks to replace the missing production of recently traded Golden Tate. Johnson faces another tough matchup next week at Chicago.
2018 Week 8 vs SEA (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)
Kerryon Johnson saw only 14 touches after a season high 21 last week against Miami. Johnson continued his recent trend of starting the game ahead of LeGarrette Blount and had early success on first downs. However, Detroit possessed the ball little in the first half and trailed by two or more scores for all of the second half. That combination limited Johnson's rushing opportunity and forced Detroit into a pass heavy game plan. Johnson benefitted from Theo Riddick's continued absence, handing Riddick's normal work as the third down and hurry up back in the passing game. Johnson is a good pass catcher and the receptions in space allow him to get one on one with defenders where his physicality is a major asset. For the second straight week he whitewashed a defender with a stiff arm. Johnson's receiving game usage should provide an uptick in value when Riddick misses games.
2018 Week 7 vs MIA (19 / 158 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Kerryon Johnson took apart the Miami Dolphins defense repeatedly on Sunday. He started off the game early with a chunk gain and repeatedly reeled off big gains. Johnson whitewashed Kiko Alonso with a stiff arm and left Alonso helmetless at two different times. Johnson ran with burst, agility, and physicality while also benefitting from a great game from the Detroit offensive line. He still is sharing time with LeGarrette Blount who is getting goal line work, but Johnson is operating at the clear lead back. His touchdown upside may be capped by Blount, but he is a dynamic three down back.
2018 Week 5 vs GB (12 / 70 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Kerryon Johnson saw the first action of the Detroit running backs for the second consecutive week. Johnson continues to operate in a time share with LeGarrette Blount but is clearly the better talent. Johnson was able to get to the edge for multiple chunk gains and is explosive with a finisher's mentality at the end of runs. He also shows good elusiveness forcing defenders to miss. Johnson is behind Blount in the pecking for short yardage and goal line work, as Blount was able to pound in two short touchdowns, but Johnson adds explosiveness and receiving ability Blount does not. The backfield looks like a committee for the foreseeable future, but Johnson has difference making ability any week Blount misses with injury. Johnson did leave the game late and was receiving attention from the training staff when the game was all but over. He did not return and his injury status is important to monitor during the week.
2018 Week 4 vs DAL (9 / 55 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Kerryon Johnson saw the first carry of the game for an explosive 32-yard run. Johnson ran as the clear starter through the first drive before later sharing time with LeGarrette Blount. Johnson is the more explosive and versatile of the two, and Detroit's usage of the two has shown a steady progression toward Johnson. Johnson's touchdown run was a good power run where he broke a tackle and ran through another at the goal line.
2018 Week 3 vs NE (16 / 101 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Kerryon Johnson became the first Detroit Lions running back to rush for over 100 yards in a game since Reggie Bush in 2013. Johnson was explosive and versatile in the game. Johnson also showed well in pass protection. Johnson can be a three down bell cow but continues to be in a timeshare with LeGarrette Blount.
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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