Johnson rushed 16 times for 101 yards during Sunday's 26-10 victory over the Patriots. He added two receptions for nine yards on three targets. It took 70 regular-season games spanning over four and a half years, but Detroit finally has its first 100-yard, single-game rusher since Reggie Bush accomplished the feat in November of 2013. Johnson did so despite evenly splitting carries with LeGarrette Blount, who accrued 48 yards on 16 rushing attempts. While it's clear Johnson has the highest upside among Lions running backs, it could prove difficult for the rookie to maintain the efficiency he showed Sunday (6.3 yards per carry), especially in Week 4 against a Cowboys defense that has only allowed 3.4 YPC this season.
Johnson rushed eight times for 43 yards and secured five of six targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the 49ers Johnson ultimately tied LeGarrette Blount for the team lead in carries, though Blount was ejected with 10 minutes remaining in the game for coming off the sidelines and knocking over a San Francisco defender who pushed quarterback Matthew Stafford. The rookie was also significantly involved as a receiver, despite Theo Riddick -- who drew 12 targets -- remaining the Lions' preferred passing-down option. While it will continue to be hard to trust Johnson as a standalone fantasy asset so long as Detroit employs a committee approach to the running back position, Johnson could be in store for an uptick in carries in the short-term if Blount is slapped with a suspension.
Johnson took four carries for 25 yards and didn't draw any targets in Friday's preseason game at Tampa Bay. Johnson came off the bench behind Blount and Ameer Abdullah, taking his first carry with about four minutes remaining before halftime. The rookie did at least make the most of his limited touches, bringing him to 15 carries for 68 yards -- along with five catches for 43 yards -- in three preseason games. Johnson figures to be involved Week 1 against the Jets, but he'll only be one piece of a three- or four-man committee.
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