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NFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 8-9-0
2-4-0 6-11-0
2-4-0 3-13-1

2021 Rushing

Rushing Attempts
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Longest Rush
Fumbles Lost
Regular Season 15 74 4.9 2 28 0

Top Jermar Jefferson News

  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Seven game appearances as rookie

    Jefferson appeared in seven games in 2021 and rushed 15 times for 74 yards with two touchdowns while catching four of five targets for 23 yards.

    It took eight weeks for the seventh-round rookie to see a snap on offense. While it didn't take much longer for a golden opportunity to present itself once D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams started missing games, Jefferson first split time with Godwin Igwebuike before Craig Reynolds ultimately snagged the No. 3 running back spot from both of them. Jefferson is now no higher than No. 4 on the depth chart entering the offseason, and it doesn't seem like he'll have much of an opportunity to climb any higher considering Swift, Williams and Reynolds all remain under contract for 2022.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Inactive Sunday

    Jefferson (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Packers.

    Jefferson hasn't suited up since Week 15 against the Cardinals. With D'Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams, Craig Reynolds and Godwin Igwebuike ahead of Jefferson on the running back positional depth chart, the Lions will use the roster space at another position Sunday against the Packers.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Inactive against Seattle

    Jefferson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

    Jefferson is a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game, which is unsurprising given that both Jamaal Williams and D'Andre Swift (shoulder) are available. Craig Reynolds and Godwin Igwebuike make up the rest of the Lions' backfield, though their role is likely to be limited.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Inactive Sunday

    Jefferson (coach's decision) will not play Sunday against the Falcons.

    Jefferson unexpectedly received very little work with D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams on the COVID list. With Williams' return and the emergence of Craig Reynolds, Jefferson will be the odd man out Sunday against the Falcons.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Surprisingly small role

    Jefferson rushed five times for nine yards during Sunday's 30-12 win over Arizona.

    Jefferson seemed slated for a large role in the absence of D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams, but he ultimately logged just six offensive snaps while Craig Reynolds (42) and Godwin Igwebuike (nine) carried more of the load. With Williams now off the reserve/COVID-19 list and Swift set to test his shoulder in practice this week, Jefferson stands to see even less playing time Week 16 against Atlanta.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Should get larger role Week 15

    Running backs coach Duce Staley said that he expects Jefferson to have a larger role in the Lions' game plan Sunday against the Cardinals than the rookie had in last week's loss to Denver, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    In Week 15, Detroit is once again expected to be without both of its top two backs in D'Andre Swift (shoulder), who has already missed two games, and Jamaal Williams, who sat out in Denver after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the contest. Williams remains in quarantine and doesn't appear on track to gain clearance ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff, leaving Craig Reynolds, Godwin Igwebuike and Jefferson as the healthy running backs on the roster. Though Jefferson was active for the game against Denver, he played just six total snaps since he had battled an ankle injury along with a case of the flu heading into the contest. Now healthier as Sunday's contest approaches, Jefferson should have a more prominent role on the ground, though Reynolds may still serve as the Lions' lead ballcarrier after gaining 65 yards on 10 totes in Week 14. Igwebuike, meanwhile, profiles as the Lions' top pass-catching back.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Surprisingly minimal offensive role

    Jefferson logged five offensive snaps but did not record a touch during Sunday's 38-10 loss to Denver.

    Many thought Jefferson would take on a key role in the absence of D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (COVID-19). However, coach Dan Campbell said after the game that the running back was not a big part of the practice rotation in the week before due to an ankle injury in combination with having the flu, which allowed Godwin Igwebuike and Craig Reynolds to carry the load. In any case, if either of Swift or Williams return Week 15 against Arizona, none on these depth players will be worth further fantasy consideration anyway.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Clear for Week 14

    Jefferson (illness) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in Denver, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Jefferson was affected by the flu outbreak going around the Lions' locker room, with the Lions holding him out of drills Thursday. But he was able to handle every practice rep to cap the week and set himself up to be available Sunday. The same can't be said for D'Andre Swift, who is missing a second consecutive game due to an AC joint sprain, and Jamaal Williams, whom the Lions placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. With Swift and Williams sidelined this weekend, Jefferson and Godwin Igwebuike will handle running back duties for Detroit.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Sitting with illness

    Jefferson didn't practice Thursday due to an illness.

    Jefferson wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, so the ailment is a new development. The 21-year-old may need to return to practice in some capacity Friday to have a chance of suiting up this weekend at Denver.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Small role in Swift's absence

    Jefferson rushed five times for 18 yards while failing to catch his lone target during Sunday's 29-27 win over the Vikings.

    Jefferson technically saw an expanded role with D'Andre Swift (shoulder) sidelined, but he still took a clear backseat to Jamaal Williams, who commanded 18 touches. While it's possible that Swift misses another game in Week 14 against the Broncos, do not bet on Detroit splitting the backfield reps between Jefferson and Williams like they do between a Williams and a healthy Swift.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Slides up depth chart Week 13

    Jefferson will compete for touches with Godwin Igwebuike as the secondary option out of the backfield behind Jamaal Williams, who is slated to start and fill a lead role Sunday against the Vikings with D'Andre Swift (shoulder) ruled out for the game, Benjamin Raven of reports.

    For one of the few times all season, Detroit had all four running backs active in its 16-14 loss to Chicago on Thanksgiving Day. Neither Jefferson nor Igwebuike appeared likely to have a role on offense heading into the contest, but Swift's early exit due to a sprained shoulder opened up opportunities for both players to pick up a handful of snaps behind Williams. Still, Igwebuike (four snaps) and Jefferson (three snaps) were barely involved, so Williams looks like he'll be on track to serve as a three-down workhorse Week 13 with Swift out of the picture. There likely won't be enough work left over for either Jefferson or Igwebuike to make a meaningful fantasy impact.

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  • Lions' Jermar Jefferson: Cleared to suit up Thursday

    Jefferson (ankle/knee) is active for Thursday's game against the Bears.

    After sitting out the Lions' Week 11 loss to the Browns on account of the two lower-body injuries, Jefferson was listed as a limited participant on each of the team's three practice reports issued Monday through Wednesday. That was enough for him to take a questionable designation into the Thanksgiving Day matchup and ultimately gain clearance ahead of the 12:30 p.m. ET kickoff. In his last appearance Week 10 in Pittsburgh, Jefferson carried three times for 41 yards and a touchdown before departing with the injury, but he could be at risk of falling out of the offensive game plan entirely. No. 2 back Jamaal Williams was sidelined against Pittsburgh due to injury, but he returned to action last week and should rank as the preferred option for complementary duties behind starter D'Andre Swift.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 212 lbs
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Age: 22
School: Oregon State
Experience: 2