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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.

December 21, 2019 04:16 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Comes off IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

The Lions seemed to tip their hand with this one, leaving an open roster spot Friday for the likely return of Johnson from injured reserve. The second-year running back has not played since Week 7 after undergoing surgery on his knee, but it's entirely possible Johnson might be forced into a large role if Bo Scarbrough (ribs), who is listed as questionable, is eventually ruled out ahead of Sunday's contest against the Broncos. Ty Johnson, J.D. McKissic and Wes Hills all loom as potential options for a running-back-by-committee approach, however, so don't expect Johnson to immediately assume his usage from earlier this season.

December 20, 2019 05:56 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: On track for activation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) may be activated to the 53-man roster Saturday, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

The Lions currently have an open roster spot, which suggests they plan to remove Johnson from injured reserve before Sunday's game in Denver. Multiple beat reporters have suggested that the running back's activity level in practice provides another hint in favor of a Week 16 return to the lineup. It isn't clear how the Lions will divide backfield snaps and touches if Johnson indeed achieves active status, with Bo Scarbrough (ribs), Ty Johnson, J.D. McKissic and Wes Hills each getting some degree of work at various points within the past few weeks. Kerryon would probably be the best bet to lead the team in carries, but that doesn't come with any guarantees.

December 19, 2019 05:24 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Still eyeing Week 16 return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) said Thursday that he's getting stronger by the week and "hopes to" play Sunday against the Broncos, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Johnson resumed practicing with the Lions on Dec. 4, but since he remains on injured reserve rather than a member of the 53-man roster, the team hasn't had to disclose the extent of his participation in workouts. While Johnson's absence from practice reports has made his progress difficult to track, Chris Burke of The Athletic relays that the running back looks ready for game action based on what he witnessed during the portion of Thursday's session that was open to the media. Though Johnson would probably agree with Burke's assessment, a decision on the running back's Week 16 status will ultimately be up to the Lions' brass. If Johnson is activated from IR and suits up in Denver, the Lions would likely have him split snaps with Bo Scarbrough (ribs) in a measure to preserve both backs as they ease back in following injuries.

December 14, 2019 11:16 AM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Says he's setback-free
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (knee) said Friday that he hasn't experienced any setbacks since undergoing surgery in November to repair a torn meniscus, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

The 3-9-1 Lions have little to play for at this stage, but that isn't stopping Johnson from working toward rejoining the 53-man roster as soon as Week 16 in Denver. Johnson, who resumed practicing Dec. 4, has drawn favorable reviews from coach Matt Patricia since returning to work, but the Lions will see how the second-year tailback looks next week before determining his availability for game action. If Johnson does play in either of the final two games, he'll likely be deployed as part of a timeshare with Bo Scarbrough, who has performed well as the Lions' lead option on the ground since joining the team four weeks ago, though we'll note Scarbrough is also working through an injury of his own this week.

December 13, 2019 11:24 PM
Lions' Kerryon Johnson: Week 16 return still possible
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions haven't ruled out activating Johnson (knee) from injured reserve before the regular season is over, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Johnson isn't eligible to return to action until the Week 16 game in Denver, but coach Matt Patricia provided a positive report on the running back's status when asked about the matter Friday. Even though the Lions are eliminated from playoff contention, the Lions could use one of their two designated-to-return spots on Johnson if he makes the requisite progress in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

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