RB Kerryon Johnson - Detroit Lions

6-0, 212Born: 6-30-1997College: AuburnDrafted: Round 2, pick 2018

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16 at DEN 16 10 42 0 1 1.0 1 0 0 4.3
17 vs GB 27 11 53 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 11.3

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

2019 Week 17 vs GB (11 / 53 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Kerryon Johnson flashed his explosiveness again in his second game back from the injured reserve. Johnson worked in a committee with Bo Scarbrough and Ty Johnson but led the team in carries with 11. Johnson had multiple explosive plays on the interior, including a carry for 20 yards, on a day where Detroit had consistent success running on the interior. Johnson was able to convert a goal-line carry for a touchdown but was frequently off the field on third down. Johnson has the ability to be a three-down workhorse but has struggled with durability in his career, while Detroit has consistently preferred a committee approach in the backfield which has especially capped Johnson's receiving upside. His passing game work will be important to monitor leading into next season.

2019 Week 16 vs DEN (10 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Kerryon Johnson returned from the injured reserve against the Broncos on Sunday. Johnson worked behind both Bo Scarbrough and Ty Johnson early in the game before his involvement ramped up. Johnson looked sluggish early in the game, but developed a rhythm on four straight carries in the second half, and led the Lions in both attempts, 10, and yards, 42. Johnson was also on the field in passing situations but caught only one pass for one yard on his lone target. Johnson projects in a committee next week, as he looks to develop momentum into the offseason.

2019 Week 7 vs MIN (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Kerryon Johnson left the game against the Vikings early in the first half after only five carries with a knee injury. Johnson was on a stationary bike on the sideline later in the game before being ruled out of the game. He was later placed on injured reserve.

2019 Week 6 vs GB (13 / 34 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Kerryon Johnson had a tough day against a good Green Bay defense. He saved his fantasy day by converting his third opportunity inside the five-yard line with a fourth down goal-line touchdown. Johnson had a big play in the passing game on an excellently executed screen pass that set up a scoring chance in the red zone but dropped a ball in space on another target. Johnson has consistently struggled to catch the ball this season, which has created a lower ceiling on his fantasy prospects this season. Johnson carried 13 of the 17 running back carries in the game, which is a continuation of his consolidation of the running back workload in the backfield.

2019 Week 4 vs KC (26 / 125 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)

Kerryon Johnson had the best day of the season against the Chiefs on Sunday. Johnson continuously had running room on the interior and the perimeter, which was exploited by Detroit to the tune of a season-high 26 carries. Johnson got the full workload including multiple carries inside the 10 yard but was held scoreless. Johnson had a near miss, as he got a carry at the goal line he attempted to reach into the endzone, but fumbled for a Kansas City recovery that was returned for a touchdown. Johnson missed no time because of the fumble, as he was in on the next offensive play from scrimmage where he had a good catch and run. Johnson also drew an endzone target on a well-covered go route that was broken up. After sharing work with C.J. Anderson and Ty Johnson earlier in the season, Johnson has consolidated his role as the lead back in the offense, with 28 touches to a combined nine for J.D McKissic and Ty Johnson. Johnson will have an off week in week five before facing a strong test on Monday night against the Packers in week six.

2019 Week 3 vs PHI (20 / 36 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Kerryon Johnson had a strong start in a win against the Philadelphia Eagles. He got early work in the game and consistently made life miserable for first defenders with his elusiveness. Johnson was featured at the goal line and stopped on the first two attempts before diving over the line on third down for a touchdown. He had a good catch along the sideline on a third and long check down pass but lost some passing game work to Ty Johnson. He struggled in the second half as the Philadelphia defense swarmed to stop the run with Detroit leading. With C.J. Anderson cut during the week, Johnson will look to continue to consolidate his hold of the backfield next week against the Kansas City Chiefs.

2019 Week 2 vs LAC (12 / 41 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 47 / 1 rec)

Kerryon Johnson was the focal point of the offense early in a win against the Chargers. He had back to back carries on the first two drives and was the beneficiary of a great play design on a screen pass for a long touchdown. Johnson bobbled the ball but secured the catch and had a caravan of blockers on the play. Johnson later dropped an out and up pass on third down. His hands have been shaky dating back to the preseason, so the trend is a troubling one. Johnson was less used later in the game, with a committee of C.J. Anderson, Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic employed throughout the game. While Johnson had more than twice as many carries than any other Detroit running back, he only had half of the backfield's carries. Johnson was consistently elusive, making life hard for any first defender, but his upside continues to be capped by Detroit's insistence in running a committee approach in the backfield. Johnson will face a tough test next week at Philadelphia.

2019 Week 1 vs ARI (16 / 49 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Kerryon Johnson drew the start for the Detroit Lions at Arizona in week one, but only had 16 carries while C.J. Anderson had 11. Johnson ran well early, getting interior rushing space and churning yardage after contract. However, Anderson ate into his workload throughout the game and Johnson had limited passing game work. He had only two receptions, including one late on a drive attempting to kill the clock, which was a disappointment after his heavy preseason usage. Johnson's workshare with Anderson will cap his fantasy production and the allocation of touches is important to watch in future weeks including his week two game against the Chargers.


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