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October 19, 2020 09:24 AM
Jets' Ty Johnson: Breaks off 34-yard run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson made his Jets debut in Sunday's 24-0 loss to Miami, rushing three times for 42 yards and failing to corral his only target.

Johnson broke off a 34-yard run for New York's longest offensive play of the game, but he operated as the third-string running back behind veteran Frank Gore (11 carries for 46 yards) and rookie La'Mical Perine (seven carries for 27 yards). If Johnson keeps flashing enough speed to get to the outside, he could provide a much-needed spark for the lifeless Jets offense and start to take on a larger role in Week 7 against Buffalo and beyond.

October 14, 2020 08:48 PM
Jets' Ty Johnson: Could play more sans Bell
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jets head coach Adam Gase said Wednesday that Johnson will have the opportunity to earn more playing time following the release of starting running back Le'Veon Bell, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Gase emphasized that rookie La'Mical Perine will play a larger role at 37-year-old Frank Gore's expense following Bell's release, but he also mentioned Johnson and practice-squad running back Josh Adams as candidates to take on more work. Johnson was claimed off waivers by the Jets two weeks ago but has yet to make his team debut.

October 3, 2020 05:40 PM
Jets' Ty Johnson: Claimed by Gang Green
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson was claimed off waivers by the Jets on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Johnson was waived by the Lions on Thursday and will join a Jets team on which he should have more opportunities to earn playing time, at least while Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) is on IR. The 23-year-old Maryland product joins a running back room currently consisting of 37-year-old Frank Gore, rookie fourth-rounder La'Mical Perine and Dolphins castoff Kalen Ballage. Johnson averaged 4.3 yards per carry and caught 24 passes as a rookie last season, and his most immediate path to snaps could be as an upgrade over Ballage on passing downs if Johnson can learn the offense quickly.

October 2, 2020 05:40 PM
Ty Johnson: Waived by Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson was waived by the Lions on Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Johnson somewhat surprisingly made the Lions roster out of training camp over fifth-round rookie Jason Huntley. Now that Detroit coaches seem more than content with a top backfield trio of Adrian Peterson, Kerryon Johnson and D'Andre Swift - with Jamal Agnew mixing in on gadget plays - it appears Ty Johnson is no longer needed, either. However, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Lions try to stash Ty Johnson on the practice squad for insurance purposes.

September 28, 2020 09:24 AM
Lions' Ty Johnson: Healthy scratch against Cards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against Arizona.

The 2019 sixth-round draft pick fielded five offensive snaps last Sunday in a loss to Green Bay, but he has yet to garner a single carry on the young season. Johnson logged an average of 3.9 carries per game last year for a bottom-12 Lions rushing attack, but with D'Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson now in the mix, his offensive involvement has fallen by the wayside.

September 21, 2020 11:44 AM
Lions' Ty Johnson: Gets snaps on offense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson was targeted once but did not record a catch during Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

Johnson again saw the majority (12 of 17 total snaps) of his playing time come on special teams. Barring an injury to Adrian Peterson, Kerryon Johnson or D'Andre Swift, this modest offensive involvement should be the expectation for Ty Johnson until further notice.

September 15, 2020 12:12 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: No offensive snaps
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson didn't log a snap on offense during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago.

Johnson got 12 snaps on special teams, but the backfield work was divided between Adrian Peterson, D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson. Barring injury, it's unlikely Johnson joins that rotation.

September 8, 2020 01:48 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: Makes the cut
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Johnson made the Lions' initial 53-man roster in advance of Sunday's season opener against the Bears, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Detroit's selection of Jason Huntley in the fifth round of this spring's draft seemingly put Johnson on the roster bubble, but the former was surprisingly let go over the weekend. That leaves Johnson in a backfield with Kerryon Johnson, D'Andre Swift (undisclosed) and Adrian Peterson, while Bo Scarbrough (undisclosed) heads to injured reserve. Depending on Swift's health status, Johnson seems like a candidate to handle some of the backfield work on passing downs this weekend.

April 29, 2020 04:08 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: Potentially on roster bubble
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson could be on the roster bubble entering the 2020 season, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Johnson's descent down the depth chart is somewhat surprising, given that he compiled 382 total yards despite playing just 318 snaps as a rookie. However, after the Lions took two running backs in the 2020 NFL Draft -- D'Andre Swift in the second round and Jason Huntley in the fifth -- Johnson's skill set as a multi-tooled athlete may be redundant. Huntley's arrival in particular could spell doom for Johnson, as the New Mexico State product proved to be a capable returner in college while putting together a decent resume as an open-field pass catcher. The two may be in a heated competition for the final running back spot on the depth chart behind Swift, Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough.

February 14, 2020 09:36 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: No lock for 2020 roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson isn't guaranteed a roster spot in advance of the 2020 season, Chris Burke of the Athletic reports.

On the surface, Johnson's 4.3 yards per carry from 2019 seems respectable for a sixth-round rookie. Take out his 40-yard scamper from Week 17, though, and that number drops to 3.8, which seems much more representative of a player who seemingly struggled as a runner on a weekly basis. In fact, it's hard to say Johnson fared well as a receiving option either considering he averaged just 4.5 yards on his 24 receptions. Add it all up and Johnson may be dependent on an impressive showing in offseason workouts, possibly as a return man on special teams, to stick around behind Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough in 2020.

December 29, 2019 11:52 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: Makes most of limited opportunity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson carried the ball three times for 65 yards in the team's Week 17 loss to the Packers.

Johnson worked behind both Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough but finished the contest as the Lions' leading rusher. The majority of his production came on a 40-yard run with 20 seconds remaining in the first half, setting up a field goal as time expired. Ty Johnson spent a few weeks as the team's primary running back in the absence of Kerryon Johnson, though he'll begin the 2020 season strictly as a backup with a healthier depth chart in front of him.

December 24, 2019 06:00 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: Three carries in Week 16 loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson carried three times for 20 yards during Sunday's 27-17 loss to Denver.

With Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough back from their respective injuries, Ty remained on the active roster while last week's feature back, Wes Hills, was a healthy scratch. Johnson might get another handful of carries in Sunday's season finale against Green Bay, but he'll most certainly remain a distant third option in this backfield.

December 16, 2019 02:08 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: Six touches in backup role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed twice for three yards and caught four of five targets for 17 yards while fumbling once during Sunday's 38-17 loss to Tampa Bay.

Despite pre-game reports listing Johnson as the expected starter, it was actually Wes Hills -- who had been promoted from the practice squad Saturday -- who opened the game with the first-string offense. While Johnson still finished the game having logged more offensive snaps, Hills had five times as many carries and both of the Lions' rushing scores on the day. That works out to Hills getting the ball on over half of his snaps while Johnson got the rock on less than a quarter of his. While it's still more or less clear that Detroit is wanting to get Johnson some experience during his rookie year, the fact that two runners have now gone from the practice squad straight to the lead role -- bypassing Johnson in the process -- suggests the Lions aren't yet ready to hand Johnson the kind of workload that could make him a desirable fantasy asset.

December 15, 2019 01:00 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: Draws Week 15 start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions announced Johnson as their starting running back for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Johnson will apparently be on the field for the Lions' first offensive snap of the day, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he'll be in store to fill the lead role out of the backfield as Detroit looks to replace the injured Bo Scarbrough (ribs). As Justin Rogers of The Detroit News noted earlier Sunday, practice squad callup Wes Hills was spotted taking first-team reps during pregame warmups, and J.D. McKissic also lingers as another option out of the backfield. Most likely, coach Matt Patricia will take a hot-hand approach to the position, making it difficult to forecast which of the three backs will deliver the most fantasy value.

December 15, 2019 12:04 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: May see role increase sans Scarbrough
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson and J.D. McKissic are expected to headline the Lions' Week 15 backfield with Bo Scarbrough (ribs) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Scarbrough had operated as Detroit's lead option on the ground for the past four games, but his inactive status leaves Johnson, McKissic and practice squad callup Wes Hills as the lone healthy options at running back. Given Hills' lack of prior experience, Johnson and McKissic look like the best bets for touches and production out of the Detroit backfield, with coach Matt Patricia likely to ride the hot hand between the two. A rookie sixth-round pick, Johnson has disappointed in most of his opportunities to date, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry (on 55 totes) and 4.6 yards per reception (on 20 catches) while having yet to find the end zone.

December 8, 2019 08:12 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: Minimal role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson carried the ball twice for three yards in the team's Week 14 loss to the Vikings. He added one reception for seven yards.

Johnson's role continued to shrink as he lacked involvement in both the passing and rushing games. Bo Scarbrough accounted for 19 of the team's 22 rushing attempts, causing Johnson to tally his lowest carry total since Week 1. Johnson's targets also shrunk, with J.D. McKissic drawing four targets out of the backfield. To make matters worse, Johnson will draw a stiff matchup against the Buccaneers in Week 15.

November 29, 2019 05:56 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: Totals 29 yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed three times for 12 yards and caught all three of his targets for 17 yards during Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Bears.

Johnson unsurprisingly worked in a limited capacity behind newly established workhorse Bo Scarbrough, who handled the ball on 21 of his 36 snaps. By comparison, Johnson garnered only six touches on 25 snaps, which offers a clear indication of whom Detroit wants to carry the load. While Johnson at least seems to be tracking toward a bigger role than J.D. McKissic, the latter is adept in pass protection and has easily been the more explosive player when the ball is in his hands. With that said, Thursday's loss officially knocked the Lions out of playoff contention, and it's possible the fifth-round rookie could continue to get more work than McKissic down the stretch with Detroit's focus turning toward 2020 and beyond.

November 25, 2019 08:24 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: In Scarbrough's shadow
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed four times for 11 yards and caught both of his targets for 10 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss to Washington.

While it's worth noting that Johnson did handle 27 offensive snaps Sunday compared to 38 for Bo Scarbrough, it's also hard to ignore that the latter's ascendance is starting to make Johnson almost entirely irrelevant for fantasy purposes. Not only was Scarbrough much more effective with his touches while running for 98 yards on 18 carries, but Johnson is now averaging 3.4 yards per carry through his first 11 games as a pro and hasn't provided many reasons for an expanded role as the season winds down.

November 18, 2019 01:20 AM
Lions' Ty Johnson: Limited in loss to Dallas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson carried two times for six yards and caught his only target for no gain during Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Cowboys.

Johnson took a back seat to the newly-signed Bo Scarbrough in the run game and looked on as J.D. McKissic led the backfield in receptions. He did little with the opportunities he was given, and he seems to be losing traction as an option for Detroit. As such, Johnson seems unlikely to make a major impact next Sunday against the Redskins.

November 16, 2019 02:44 PM
Lions' Ty Johnson: Cleared of concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson does not carry an injury designation into Sunday's contest after clearing concussion protocol.

As a result of clearing the protocol, Johnson is set to play against the Cowboys. Since Kerryon Johnson was placed on injured reserve in Week 7, Ty Johnson has been less than spectacular filling in as the nominal starter, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry across 21 attempts. Unfortunately for fantasy owners looking to take advantage of the fluid Lions backfield, fellow backup J.D. McKissic has also been a nonfactor, most notably recording just 36 yards rushing in Week 10 despite seeing 70 percent of the offensive snaps.

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