RB Zach Zenner - Detroit Lions
|5-11, 223||Born: 9-13-1991||College: South Dakota State||Drafted: ---|
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General News (Tue Jan 15): was praised for his consistency by head coach Matt Patricia. "He's somebody you can put in any situation, and he'll execute to the highest of his ability," Patricia said. Zenner is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Zach Zenner's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs GB (21 / 93 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
Zach Zenner had a strong day against the Green Bay Packers. Zenner rotated with LeGarrette Blount throughout the game and had clear better success. He had a goal line touchdown called back by holding and had a second touchdown called back by penalty but scored on the next play. Zenner was an effective interior runner throughout the game, with the ability to set up multiple cuts to create successful runs. Zenner was also involved in the screen game, dropping a dump off pass, before setting up a good screen pass later in the game. Zenner has shown well with Kerryon Johnson on IR and may have an opportunity to back Johnson up in 2019. Zenner is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
2018 Week 16 vs MIN (8 / 45 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Zach Zenner was a highlight in the Detroit Lions offense that struggled against Minnesota on Sunday. Zenner showed well on multiple runs where he had to avoid penetration with lateral cutting ability and was able to get to the second level. Zenner runs with more athleticism than LeGarrette Blount but continues to maintain a timeshare with Blount. Zenner is the far superior runner and capable of avoiding defenders and creating on his own. Zenner added two catches out of the backfield. He will face Green Bay in week 17.
2018 Week 15 vs BUF (10 / 45 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 rec)
Zach Zenner ran as the starter against Buffalo, after finishing strong last week against Arizona. Zenner ran with better explosion and burst than LeGarrette Blount, which was a good upgrade for the Detroit offense. Zenner can run on the interior and get to the edge of the defense as well as contribute in the passing game. LeGarrette Blount received two carries inside the five-yard line in the first half but was stopped for no gain on each. On the next drive, Zenner got an opportunity for carries inside the five-yard line and scored a touchdown. His first carry was initially ruled a touchdown but overturned on review, but Zenner was able to convert on the next play for a touchdown. Kerryon Johnson remains the starter in Detroit, but Zenner will likely draw another start next week if Johnson misses the game against Minnesota.
2018 Week 14 vs ARI (12 / 54 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Zach Zenner opened the game spelling LeGarrette Blount with success on the second series of the game. Zenner had success early but saw an expanded role in the fourth quarter as Detroit was killing the clock. Zenner carried the ball on 7 of the 8 snaps on the final scoring drives while Detroit was attempting to salt away the game and ultimately scored a goal line touchdown. The increased usage is notable as Blount was the primary running back with Kerryon Johnson out of the lineup. The injury status of Johnson and Blount's role are keys to monitor during the week.
Latest NewsLions | Zach Zenner has earned trust (Fri Jan 11, 09:59 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner was praised for his consistency by head coach Matt Patricia. 'He's somebody you can put in any situation, and he'll execute to the highest of his ability,' Patricia said. Our View: Zenner is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019. He could easily return to the Lions where he's spent the last few years after coming out of South Dakota State as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Zenner rushed for 265 yards in 2018 with three rushing touchdowns and a career-high 4.8 yards per carry.
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