RB Kerryon Johnson - Detroit Lions

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 9): The Lions backfield will remain closer to a committee than one that give Johnson a clear lead back role. Even in a favorable game script, Johnson was quiet against the Cardinals on his 18 touches.

Week 2: vs Los Angeles Chargers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Lions running backs had an uninspiring first game as Kerryon Johnson and C.J. Anderson combined for 84 yards on 27 carries in five quarters of play, averaging just over three yards per carry. This performance was particularly disappointing given the second-half game script with the Lions protecting their lead in the third and early fourth quarters. Johnson got the start and saw most of the snaps (50 snaps to Anderson's 26) due to his involvement in the passing game. However, the split between Johnson and Blount was surprising even at 16-11 in favor of Johnson. Anderson has basically filled the exact role vacated by LeGarrette Blount from last season as he was often seen plodding along for short gains, offering little inspiration on the ground as he looks to serve primarily as a short-yardage and goal-line threat. The Lions could have a great opportunity to get right if this Chargers run defense repeats their Week 1 performance against the Colts. Marlon Mack racked up 174 rushing yards and a touchdown against this group as he had his way throughout the entire game. The interior of this Chargers defensive line let them down as rookie Jerry Tillery had a poor debut on limited snaps while starters Brandon Mebane and Justin Jones were being easily bossed around in the trenches. The Chargers linebackers did not help much either as both Kyzir White or veteran Thomas Davis struggled to stop Marlon Mack. It is worth noting, however, that the Chargers were without one of their top run-defenders in middle linebacker Denzel Perryman as he was on the verge of recovering from offseason injuries. If Perryman can suit up this week, it will be a big boost as he was one of their top run-stoppers last season. Both Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram played fairly well last week and will also remain strengths for this unit. The Lions offensive line is a step down from the Colts, so it will be interesting to see how they hold up to what should be an improved Chargers defense if Perryman can suit up.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at ARI 50 16 49 0 2 2.0 13 0 0 6.2
2 vs LAC PROJ-Dodds * 14 * * 2.1 * * * *
2 vs LAC PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 1.5 * * * *
2 vs LAC PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 2.0 * * * *

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 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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Footballguys Articles

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