Zach Zenner

#34 RB / Detroit Lions / EXP: 5YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 221 lb Age: 27 College: South Dakota State Bye 5

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    Lions' Zach Zenner: Gets competition from CJA

    Zach Zenner and recent signee C.J. Anderson figure to compete for carries behind Kerryon Johnson,'s Michael Rothstein reports.The Detroit Lions also have Theo Riddick in a crowded backfield, though the pass-catching specialist might be traded or released before Week 1 to free up $3.7 million in cap space. Johnson is the only one of the bunch signed beyond 2019, and he already proved his merit as a lead back with 5.4 yards per carry and 32 catches in 10 games during his rookie season. Zenner's wealth of experience on special teams could allow him to stick on the 53-man roster even if he lands fourth on the depth chart at running back.

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    Lions' Zach Zenner: Re-signs with Lions

    Zach Zenner is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, Kyle Meinke of reports.Zenner's strong finish in 2018 could put him second in line for carries behind Kerryon Johnson, though it's still too early in the offseason to project the 27-year-old's role with much certainty. Zenner took 51 carries for 237 yards (4.6 average) and three touchdowns over the final four weeks of the 2018 campaign, plus he maintained a key role on special teams even after his involvement on offense skyrocketed.

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    Lions' Zach Zenner: Finishes season strong

    Zach Zenner's strong finish to the 2018 season likely strengthened his position with the Detroit Lions, Mike O'Hara of the team's official site reports.This is an understatement considering Zenner turned out to be everything head coach Matt Patricia could really ask for in a backup running back -- an effective runner (4.8 YPC on 55 attempts) whose ability on special teams can allow for more roster flexibility on gamedays. The question now is where Zenner will sign this offseason once he becomes an unrestricted free agent in March. Given the promise he showed down the stretch, it's possible Zenner will have a number of suitors for his services.

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    Lions' Zach Zenner: Blows past 100 yards, scores in win

    Zach Zenner rushed for 93 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries, adding a 30-yard reception during Sunday's 31-0 win against the Packers.Detroit hasn't exactly handed the keys over to Zenner since Kerryon Johnson (knee) fell victim to injury Week 11 against the Panthers. In six games since, LeGarrette Blount has been entrusted with 76 carries to Zenner's 54. Zenner has been significantly more productive with those opportunities, however, averaging an impressive 4.7 yards per carry during that span compared to Blount's average of 3.1 yards per rush. The fourth-year back has given Detroit's front office something to ponder with his contract expiring over the offseason. Having compiled 192 rushing yards and three touchdowns in his three appearances with 10-plus carries this season, Zenner has proven himself to be a capable backup option behind the 21-year-old Johnson.

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    Lions' Zach Zenner: Leading rusher in convincing loss

    Zach Zenner rushed eight times for 45 yards and added two catches for 22 yards on three targets in Sunday's 27-9 loss to Minnesota.Zenner was easily Detroit's best option on the ground, as LeGarrette Blount (calf) was held to 29 yards on 11 carries. It's a bit puzzling why a beat-up Blount got more work than Zenner, but odd coaching decisions are nothing new to Detroit Lions fans. Zenner should push for double-digit touches against the Packers in Week 17.

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    Lions' Zach Zenner: Primed for more work if Blount sits

    With Kerryon Johnson (knee) on injured reserve and LeGarrette Blount (calf) listed as questionable, Zach Zenner and Theo Riddick are the Detroit Lions' only healthy running backs heading into Sunday's game against Minnesota, Kyle Meinke of reports.Zenner already appeared to usurp Blount for the lead role during last week's 14-13 loss at Buffalo, getting the start and posting a 10-45-1 rushing line while the 32-year-old produced just nine yards on seven carries. Of course, Riddick contributed 47 yards on eight carries and nine yards on two receptions, so a timeshare will likely still be in the works even if Blount doesn't play Sunday. The prospect of sharing with one player instead of two obviously boosts Zenner's fantasy outlook, but there's no guarantee it comes to fruition and also no guarantee the injury-riddled Lions have any success against a tough Minnesota defense.

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    Lions' Zach Zenner: Won't face competition from Johnson

    Zach Zenner could retain a steady role on offense for the Detroit Lions' final two games of the season after Kerryon Johnson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.With the rookie second-round pick officially out of the picture, Zenner should remain at the front of a backfield committee over the final two weeks of the regular season. He leads the Lions with 22 carries over the past two games, most recently getting the starting nod over LeGarrette Blount in Sunday's 14-13 loss to the Bills. A Week 16 matchup with the Vikings doesn't look too appealing, though Zenner could push for an even larger share of the workload after Blount fell flat on his face (19 carries for 42 yards) the past two games. Either way, Theo Riddick will continue to handle passing downs in a struggling, injury-plagued offense.

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    Lions' Zach Zenner: Scores short TD in loss

    Zach Zenner rushed 10 times for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 14-13 loss to Buffalo, adding three catches for no gain on four targets.Zenner had a short touchdown overturned by replay in the second quarter, only to find the end zone from one yard out on the very next play. Receiving back Theo Riddick surprisingly led the team in rushing with 47 yard on eight carries while LeGarrette Blount managed just nine yards on seven carries. The trio appears primed to split work in a similar fashion against the Vikings in Week 16, barring the return of Kerryon Johnson (knee).

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    Lions' Zach Zenner: Impressive in Arizona

    Zach Zenner rushed 12 times for 54 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 17-3 victory over Arizona.While he wasn't targeted in the passing game, Zenner was easily Detroit's most effective option in the run game. He ultimately gained nearly 20 more yards than LeGarrette Blount despite seeing the same number of carries. Zenner caught 18 balls for 196 yards for the Detroit Lions in 2016, so he has the capability to contribute in the passing game if he continues to see this kind of playing time, but that opportunity may not come if Kerryon Johnson (knee) is able to return to the lineup this week.

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    Lions' Zach Zenner: Given one carry

    Zach Zenner recorded seven rushing yards on one carry during Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Rams.In Kerryon Johnson's (knee) continued absence, LeGarrette Blount (16 carries) and Theo Riddick (eight) once again dominated the available carries. It's clear the Detroit Lions don't view the South Dakota State product as anything more than a serviceable backup who will make his biggest impact on special teams.