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September 15, 2019 09:36 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Salvages day with receiving score
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed 12 times for 41 yards and caught two of three targets for 47 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 13-10 victory over the Chargers.

Johnson showcased some tackle-breaking ability at times and ultimately salvaged his fantasy output with a 36-yard score on a screen pass, but he was bottled up most of the game by a Chargers defense that allowed Marlon Mack to run wild in the season opener. C.J. Anderson only had five carries for eight yards, but the Lions also gave nine touches to rookie Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic. Kerryon Johnson's upside is capped hard by this clear committee situation and it's hard to see that changing anytime soon. Thankfully his Week 3 outlook is boosted by the fact that the Eagles no longer have stud defensive tackle Malik Jackson (foot) available.

September 9, 2019 11:08 AM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Splits carries with Anderson
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed 16 times for 49 yards and secured both of his targets for 13 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Cardinals.

Many were holding out hope for Johnson to handle a true feature role in a post-Theo Riddick offense, but the threat of a running-back-by-committee was all but realized Sunday as Johnson split the backfield fairly evenly with C.J. Anderson. Going into the final offensive drive of the fourth quarter, Johnson logged only 13 rushing attempts compared to 11 for Anderson, while Ty Johnson had another and J.D. McKissic matched Johnson in targets. Adding further disappointment is that Detroit had a positive game script the majority of the game, and this was coming against last year's worst run defense. On the flip side, early indications suggest this up-and-coming offense will be moving the ball more efficiently than last year, making it seem as if Johnson should have no problem eventually topping the three rushing touchdowns he generated as a rookie.

August 24, 2019 01:12 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Logs two carries against Bills
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed twice for four yards and caught one of two targets for seven yards during Friday's preseason game against Buffalo.

During a game in which quarterback Matthew Stafford played well into the second quarter, Johnson was done after the first. However, it's interesting that C.J. Anderson got the second drive completely to himself while Johnson handled the first and the majority of the third. Aside from Anderson, rookie Ty Johnson also saw snaps with the first-teamers and ultimately caught an 11-yard touchdown. More important than anything, though, is the possibility that Detroit could be without stud center Frank Ragnow (leg) for the foreseeable future after the 2018 first-round pick went down with a potentially serious injury during Friday's game.

August 18, 2019 05:56 AM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Looks good in return to field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed three times for 17 yards during Saturday's preseason game against Houston.

Johnson had another run called back on an illegal blocking penalty and looked good overall in his first taste of live action since Week 11 of last season. He should see more run in the third preseason tilt Friday against the Bills.

August 8, 2019 12:16 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Performing well as receiver
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson has impressed the Lions' coaching staff during training camp with his receiving skills, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Johnson could play a significant role in Detroit's passing game this season, especially after the team parted ways with Theo Riddick in late July. However, Johnson's reported struggles in pass protection aren't a good look if he wants to hold down a featured role in 2019. Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site specifically noted how Johnson struggled against the Patriots' linebackers and safeties during recent joint practices. It's possible Johnson will redeem himself during what's left of camp and the preseason, but C.J. Anderson should have some sort of role in the offense in any case. The Lions could also make use of speedy rookie Ty Johnson at times, too.

May 3, 2019 09:48 AM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Healthy and ready to roll
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson has made a full recovery from last year's knee injury and doesn't have any limitations during offseason workouts,'s Michael Rothstein reports.

Johnson was on pace for 1,366 scrimmage yards, 51 catches and 6.4 touchdowns before a knee sprain Week 11 knocked him out for the final six games of his rookie season. His mark of 5.4 yards per carry was the most impressive part, and it may have played a role in the Lions' decision to hire run-first offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as a replacement for Jim Bob Cooter. The second-year running back referred to the change as "good news for me" -- a nod to Bevell's history with run-heavy offenses in Seattle, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. The Lions still have Theo Riddick for passing downs and replaced LeGarrette Blount (free agent) with an upgrade in C.J. Anderson, but there's no question Johnson is slated for the lead backfield role. After making major investments in their offensive line the past three offseasons, the Lions shifted their focus to tight end in 2019, signing Jesse James to a four-year contract and then drafting T.J Hockenson at No. 8 overall.

March 28, 2019 04:00 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Bellcow role unlikely
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson will be the Lions' unquestioned lead running back this season, but he could lose touches to others in the backfield, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "Regardless of Kerryon, I think it's a position-specific thing where those guys, they take a lot of hits," coach Matt Patricia said Tuesday. "...But you do have to look at the big picture and say, 'OK, great, we could win a couple now, but if we wear this guy out and he doesn't help us in the long run, then what's the trade off?'"

Johnson was brought along slowly as a rookie but easily outplayed Week 1 starter LeGarrette Blount from the get-go, and his role ultimately grew to the point where he was seeing a combined 18.4 rushing attempts and targets over his final five appearances. Given new offensive coordinator Darren Bevell's emphasis on the run game, it's possible Johnson could maintain that kind of respectable workload even if he's splitting reps with another player or two in 2019, whether that be Zach Zenner, Theo Riddick or a member of this year's draft class. With that said, it doesn't sound like there are any plans for Johnson to receive the kind of snap count that could vault him into the elite tier of fantasy running backs, particularly if the Lions happen to invest in a backfield complement with an early-round selection this spring.

February 22, 2019 09:12 AM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Top dog entering 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson is expected to be a featured player in 2019 under new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Will Burchfield of 97.1 FM The Ticket reports. "[Johnson] is a guy that's talented in the running game, but I'm also excited to see some of things I've heard about, his ability in the passing game -- which I think can really be a bonus for our offense," Bevell recently said.

The 2018 second-rounder was slowly brought along as the lead runner in the Lions backfield his rookie year, to the point where Johnson was seeing roughly 18 touches per game before going down with a minor knee sprain in Week 11. That level of involvement could reasonably be viewed as the Auburn product's floor entering the 2019 season given Detroit's stated intent on moving to a more run-based, clock-controlling offensive system under Bevell. How effective that system will be greatly depends on the degree to which quarterback Matthew Stafford bounces back, but Johnson could be primed for a workhorse role regardless.

December 31, 2018 04:08 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Almost back to full strength
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) said he is almost 100 percent healthy and won't have any limitations during the offseason, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

After missing the final six games of his rookie season with an MCL sprain, Johnson said he might've been ready to play this week if the Lions had reached the playoffs. While the team didn't come anywhere close to qualifying, Johnson played a big role in keeping Detroit respectable prior to his injury, averaging 5.4 yards on 118 carries and catching 32 of 39 targets (82.1 percent). He figures to enter his second pro season as the unquestioned lead back, though Theo Riddick could present an obstacle to pass-catching production and Zach Zenner or another player may poach a few carries. LeGarrette Blount presumably isn't in the plan for 2019 after producing just 2.7 YPC in 2018.

December 19, 2018 03:44 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Shut down for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions placed Johnson (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

With Johnson missing the Lions' last four games with a sprained left knee and having yet to resume practicing since suffering the injury, the team opted to shutter him for the season rather than leaving a slim possibility open for him to suit up in the final two contests of 2018. Despite missing more than a quarter of his rookie campaign, Johnson still ranks as the Lions' team rushing leader with 641 yards (5.4 per carry) to go with four touchdowns. Johnson should be fully healthy well in advance of OTAs and will open the 2019 season as Detroit's presumptive lead back.

December 14, 2018 01:28 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Ruled out for Week 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Buffalo, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Once again, Theo Riddick, LeGarrette Blount and Zach Zenner will share some extra touches to go around in a hard-to-pinpoint situation. With the Lions' season essentially over and only two weeks left on the slate, Johnson is starting to run the risk of getting shut down until 2019.

December 14, 2018 12:28 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Headed for another absence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) isn't practicing Friday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Not that there was much question in the first place, but this essentially ensures the rookie running back will miss a fourth straight game. LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner are likely to form a three-headed committee Sunday in Buffalo.

December 13, 2018 01:56 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Sidelined for another practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

With no recorded on-field activity since he sprained his left knee Nov. 18 against the Panthers, Johnson looks bound to miss a fourth consecutive game Sunday against the Bills. Assuming that's the case, LeGarrette Blount will continue to act as the Lions' lead option on the ground, while Theo Riddick has unfettered access to the passing-down work out of the backfield.

December 12, 2018 04:28 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Not at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Johnson is off to a poor start in his effort to avoid a fourth consecutive absence while nursing a knee sprain. The Lions split backfield work between LeGarrette Blount, Zach Zenner and Theo Riddick during Sunday's 17-3 win over the Cardinals, and they're likely prepared to do the same Week 15 at Buffalo.

December 7, 2018 07:04 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Sidelined again Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Arizona.

Johnson hasn't tested out his left knee on the practice field since spraining it Week 11 against the Panthers. It'll be difficult to forecast when he'll return to game action until he practices. With Johnson set to miss his third consecutive game Sunday, more work will be on tap for Theo Riddick and LeGarrette Blount. The two have earned a near even split of the offensive snaps -- 67 for Riddick versus 63 for Blount -- though the latter has outproduced the pass catcher in yards from scrimmage (164 to 114) and touchdowns (two to zero).

December 7, 2018 03:16 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Not seen at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) was not spotted during the portion of Friday's practice open to the media, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

It's looking like Johnson will miss practice for a third day in a row, an indication he will miss his third game in a row. The Lions will reveal whether or not the door is open for Johnson to take the field Sunday at Arizona when their final injury report of the week becomes available.

December 6, 2018 04:16 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Remains sidelined Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) was held out of Thursday's practice.

A mere spectator during the portion of the session open to the media, Johnson has yet to make any inroads toward a return from a sprained left knee. He does have one more chance to take the practice field this week, but he appears to be trending toward a third missed game in a row. in Johnson's stead, the backfield has been led by Theo Riddick (67 snaps on offense) and LeGarrette Blount (63) in their traditional roles.

December 6, 2018 01:16 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Spectator for practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) isn't participating in the open portion of Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Johnson is thus in line for another non-participation listing on Thursday's practice report. Unless he fits in some activity Friday, Johnson will likely be ruled out ahead of Sunday's game in Arizona, which would mark his third consecutive absence. LeGarrette Blount would again be in line for the bulk of the carries out of the backfield, while Theo Riddick would see the overwhelming share of snaps on passing downs.

December 6, 2018 01:08 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Not practicing yet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The rookie running back is off to a poor start in his bid to avoid a third consecutive absence. Given that he's recovering from a knee sprain and playing for a team with no shot at the playoffs, Johnson probably won't be rushed back to action before he has full confidence in his health. Things are trending toward another week of LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick leading the backfield Sunday at Arizona.

November 30, 2018 04:24 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Officially ruled out
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

As expected, Johnson was unable to practice in any capacity this week and will be held out for a second straight game. Given that he's recovering from an MCL sprain, the rookie is far from a lock to make it back for Week 14 in Arizona. The Lions will rely on LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick out of the backfield as they try to pull off the upset Sunday.

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