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November 22, 2020 04:44 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Totals 38 yards in heightened role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed six times for 17 yards and caught two of five targets for 21 yards during Sunday's 20-0 loss to the Panthers.

It was Adrian Peterson who led the backfield in the absence of D'Andre Swift (concussion), but Johnson nonetheless handled his biggest role of the season. While the soft matchup against Carolina seemingly positioned both him and Peterson for success, Matthew Stafford and his injured thumb struggled to get the Lions' offense moving, making it hard for either running back to get anything going. If Swift remains sidelined in Week 12, Johnson and his solid passing-down skills could handle another sizable role against a Houston defense allowing the most rushing yards per attempt (5.2) leaguewide.

November 20, 2020 06:04 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Will help fill in for Swift
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lions running backs coach Kyle Caskey said Johnson will fill D'Andre Swift's role "as much as possible" Sunday against the Panthers with Swift ruled out for the game with a concussion, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

While Caskey hinted that Adrian Peterson would likely receive the start at running back, Johnson projects to take on the change-of-pace duties that Swift had handled prior to unseating Peterson as the team's starter Week 11 versus Washington. Unless the Lions race out to a big lead early Sunday and lean more heavily on a Peterson-led ground attack to churn the clock, Johnson will likely be in store for his most playing time and touches of the season. Johnson hasn't played more than 33 percent of the offensive snaps or earned more than eight combined carries and targets in any of the Lions' nine games to date.

November 18, 2020 10:08 AM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Only one carry against Washington
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson collected three rushing yards on his only carry during Sunday's 30-27 win against Washington.

D'Andre Swift garnered 16 of 21 RB carries for the Lions in Week 10, with four-time All-Pro Adrian Peterson sweeping up four more. Johnson logged a season-high 25 offensive snaps last week against the Vikings while accumulating 65 scrimmage yards, but Sunday he established a new season low with only nine offensive snaps. The Lions face a Panthers defense in Week 11 that has surrendered the fourth-most RB rushing TDs in the NFL (10), but Johnson's role appears to have largely dissipated with Swift's emergence. The rookie has racked up 246 scrimmage yards and a touchdown the past two weeks.

November 9, 2020 02:28 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Season-high snap share
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed four times for 29 yards and caught three of three targets for 36 yards during Sunday's loss to Minnesota.

With D'Andre Swift unable to sustain the momentum he built in his Week 6 demolition of Jacksonville, it seems Detroit has slightly turned back to a committee approach to the backfield. While Swift still led the pack with a 40-percent snap share, Johnson had a season-high 33-percent share while Adrian Peterson checked in at 27 percent. Johnson subsequently saw his most touches since Week 2 while his 65 total yards were his most since Week 4 of the 2019 campaign. While it was a nice day for Johnson, relatively speaking, he remains a fantasy afterthought until he at least can overtake Peterson as the clear No. 2 behind Swift.

November 1, 2020 07:16 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Catches touchdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson did not log a carry but did catch two of two targets for 15 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 41-21 loss to the Colts.

Rookie D'Andre Swift seemed to struggle in pass protection, and it was Johnson who appeared to benefit. While Adrian Peterson will certainly remain a big part of this backfield as long as he stays healthy, Johnson could steal back some of the workload if Swift can't be trusted on passing downs. It will be interesting to see how the snaps are distributed in Week 9 against a beatable Vikings defense.

October 26, 2020 05:24 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: No touches against Falcons
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson did not log a rushing attempt and he was not targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 23-22 victory over Atlanta.

Johnson was on the field for 14 of 62 offensive snaps. While that wasn't all that far off of Adrian Peterson (19), Peterson was given 11 carries, and both veterans watched as D'Andre Swift (28) saw a season-high share (45 percent) of the playing time. With Bo Scarbrough now activated from injured reserve, there doesn't appear to be anywhere for Johnson's stock to go but further down unless he is moved before the Nov. 3 trade deadline.

October 19, 2020 12:44 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Small role continues out of bye
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson carried four times for nine yards while catching one of two targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 34-16 win over the Jaguars.

Between D'Andre Swift having a monster day, Adrian Peterson getting 15 carries and a score of his own in the same game, and Bo Scarbrough (undisclosed) being designated to return from injured reserve, there don't appear to be many reasons to hold on to Johnson any longer in the vast majority of fantasy formats. If there was a reason, it probably involves hope that Johnson could be traded at some point before the deadline.

October 4, 2020 06:32 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Stuck in small role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed three times for nine yards while securing his only target for three yards during Sunday's 35-29 loss to New Orleans.

Johnson had to be looked at by trainers in the second half after taking a shot to the hip, but he didn't need to be removed from the game and appeared to be running behind both D'Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson in this matchup even before getting nicked up. While Johnson could continue to maintain a small role in this backfield committee due to his pass-blocking abilities, the jack-of-all-trades clearly seems to have the lowest fantasy upside of the bunch.

September 28, 2020 09:24 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Loses starting job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed three times for 16 yards while securing his only target for 14 yards during Sunday's 26-23 victory over Arizona.

Johnson lost starting duties to Adrian Peterson and ultimately saw just 20 offensive snaps compared to Peterson's 40 and D'Andre Swift's six. After the game, head coach Matt Patricia indicated that controlling the clock was one of Detroit's primary objectives, according to Chris Burke of the Athletic, which may explain why the backfield playing time was as divided as it was. Perhaps we should expect similar distributions when Detroit matches up with other fast-paced teams like the Cardinals, who rank top five in the league in total offensive snaps. However, barring an injury to Peterson or Swift, Johnson currently doesn't seem like a great bet for consistent offensive touches in any scenario.

September 20, 2020 05:20 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Scores short TD in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed eight times for 32 yards and a touchdown while failing to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Packers.

Johnson once again worked in a three-man rotation with Adrian Peterson (41 yards on seven carries) and D'Andre Swift (12 yards on five carries) after getting seven of the team's 24 running back carries in Week 1. He capped Detroit's opening drive with a one-yard touchdown run, and Johnson will need to maintain his role as the Lions' preferred goal-line option to stand out in the team's crowded backfield in Week 3 against the Cardinals and beyond.

September 13, 2020 10:56 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Light workload despite starting nod
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed seven times for 14 yards and was not targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago.

Johnson got the starting nod, but Adrian Peterson ended up seeing the most carries (12) and D'Andre Swift easily led the backfield in snaps. While it is just one game, this breakdown is not what Johnson investors hoped to see. It may be hard to trust him in any kind of fantasy lineup until further notice.

September 6, 2020 11:04 AM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: More competition in backfield
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson is facing more competition in the backfield from Adrian Peterson, who signed a one-year contract with the Lions on Sunday, Michael Rothstein of reports.

With D'Andre Swift (undisclosed) missing a good chunk of training camp with an injury, Johnson had an opportunity to begin the season as the Lions' starting running back. The addition of Peterson shouldn't change that immediately, but it could have more of an impact as the season rolls on. Johnson has admitted in training camp that he's not as shifty as Swift, so once the rookie gets healthy, this could turn into a committee backfield. If that's the case and Swift takes off as expected, Johnson could be the most affected back by Peterson's presence.

August 25, 2020 11:32 AM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Wears brace for confidence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson said he wears a knee brace for peace of mind, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Reports of Johnson wearing a knee brace during practice led to some speculation about an injury setback, but it seems he enjoyed a healthy offseason and has remained in good health throughout training camp. While most players find it burdensome to wear a brace on the field, Johnson says he's comfortable wearing one, noting that it helps his confidence. He missed eight games last season with a torn meniscus in his right knee, and he's now facing snap/touch competition from rookie second-round pick D'Andre Swift.

August 18, 2020 06:08 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Not dealing with injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Matt Patricia said Johnson's lack of practice reps Tuesday was planned, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

There was a concern for Johnson's health after he was seen on the sidelines during Tuesday's practice one day after also being seen with a brace on his right knee. After all, that's the same knee in which Johnson tore his meniscus last season. However, Patricia's comments indicate Johnson is fine. Probably the bigger concern for Johnson's 2020 outlook at this point is D'Andre Swift, who has thoroughly impressed thus far into training camp.

August 18, 2020 04:52 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Missing reps
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (undisclosed) was spotted on the sidelines with his helmet off during Tuesday's practice, Brad Galli of WXYZ Detroit reports.

After missing eight games in 2019 with a torn meniscus in his right knee, Johnson was spotted Monday with a brace on his right leg, per ESPN's Michael Rothstein. While it's not clear if a re-injured knee is why Johnson missed reps Tuesday, any missed time going forward should mean more reps for rookie D'Andre Swift.

April 28, 2020 08:28 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: No longer lead dog
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Bob Quinn said he views Johnson and second-round draft pick D'Andre Swift as complements to each other, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

It's no secret that head coach Matt Patricia prefers a running back-by-committee approach. When also considering the fact that Johnson has missed 14 games through his first two seasons, it's not surprising that Detroit was willing to spend a second-round pick on another back despite having already used a second-rounder on Johnson back in 2018. With that said, Swift appears to be the superior prospect as both a runner and pass catcher, and it's not unreasonable to think the rookie could take over the top spot sooner rather than later in 2020. Johnson -- and Bo Scarbrough, to a much lesser extent -- will probably still be involved in the rushing attack no matter what, but Swift possesses the greatest upside of the group.

December 29, 2019 11:40 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Finds end zone in final contest
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson recorded 11 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 17 loss to the Packers.

Johnson worked effectively in his second game back from injured reserve, ripping off long runs of 20 and 14 yards. He also punched in his third touchdown of the season, finding the end zone from one yard out late in the second quarter. Though his 2019 season was derailed by a knee injury, Johnson should serve as the Lions lead back in 2020 and will likely be touted as a top breakout candidate.

December 23, 2019 07:28 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Ten carries in return from injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson ran for 42 yards on 10 carries and caught his only target for one yard during Sunday's 27-17 loss to Denver.

In his first action since Week 7, Johnson garnered 10 of Detroit's 21 running back carries while chalking up a respectable 4.2 yards-per-carry average. Prior to his mid-game knee injury against the Vikings Oct. 20, Johnson had amassed a hefty 17.4 carries per game but managed only 3.3 yards per rush on those attempts. Johnson remains a limited contributor in the Lions' passing game, but he could prove to be a viable fantasy play Week 17 against a Green Bay defense that is surrendering 120.9 yards per game on the ground this year.

December 22, 2019 02:44 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Returns to action Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) is listed as active Sunday at Denver.

After Johnson completed his rehab from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Lions officially elevated him to the 53-man roster Saturday. On Sunday morning, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Johnson is slated to get "significant carries" in his first game action since Week 7. In the five games that he's completed this season, Johnson averaged 19.2 touches for 82.2 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring three touchdowns. If he's indeed a bell cow Sunday, he'll push fellow running backs Bo Scarbrough (ribs), Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic down the depth chart.

December 22, 2019 10:28 AM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Could get heavy use in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) is expected to receive "significant" carries in Sunday's game against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Even though the Lions just activated Johnson from injured reserve one day ago following an eight-game layoff, Rapoport's report suggests the team's lead back won't be eased back into the mix. If that's the case, Johnson could approach the 17.4 carries he averaged in his five full games prior to suffering the knee injury, though the game script could call for lesser work on the ground if the Lions fall behind early. At 3-10-1, the Lions aren't incentivized to overextend Johnson in their final two games, but the uncertain status of Bo Scarbrough (ribs) could prompt Detroit to rely on Johnson to carry the running game out of necessity. Ty Johnson, Wes Hills and J.D. McKissic are the Lions' remaining depth options, with none of those players having shown much promise as ballcarriers this season.

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