Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Solid in preseason debut
Johnson made his professional debut in Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders and gained 34 yards on seven carries while also securing four of five targets for 33 yards.
Johnson looked nifty and patient in his first professional game, flashing promise as both a runner and pass catcher. His numbers, solid as they were, would have looked much better had a 57-yard scamper not been called back due to a holding penalty. While LeGarrette Blount predictably got the start in Friday's game, Johnson was notably the only running back on the field for the Lions' first third-down attempt of the game -- though it's necessary to mention that Theo Riddick didn't play for unspecified reasons. It will be helpful if Riddick gets some reps in Detroit's second preseason game next Friday against the Giants, as we'd then get a better feel for how Johnson might fit into the offense when everyone is available.
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