Posted: 7/25/2019 2:07 am UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson has the potential to be the workhorse in 2019, but after missing six games due to a knee injury in 2018, and his head coach's belief in a by-committee approach, he might have his workload managed early on. 'Nobody's setting a number, a ceiling, a floor or anything of who's going to get what touches and all that,' running backs coach Kyle Caskey said Wednesday, July 24. 'It's all about getting the running game going and then setting up all the other stuff for us. But whoever the best running back is that comes out of this thing will be getting the touches, whoever's hot will be getting the touches.'
Huddle Up: It is expected Johnson will the bellcow, in terms of carrying the football, while Theo Riddick will see plenty of work catching the ball out of the backfield. Ty Johnson, C.J. Anderson, Mark Thompson and Zach Zenner are also in the mix, jockeying for touches, but Johnson is the Detroit back to own for fantasy purposes, and he could be a solid RB2 in most formats if he can stay healthy.
Posted: 6/23/2019 2:06 am UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is 'easily' going to top 1,000 rushing yards this season if he stays healthy, in the opinion of Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Huddle Up: It's not exactly a bold prediction considering how well Johnson performed as a rookie before suffering an injury. Johnson should be the lead back for the Lions, and he has the tools to be an every-down player. He's at least a RB2 option.
Posted: 5/04/2019 1:05 am UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) said he is fully recovered from last year's knee and injury and back to his old self, and his goal in 2019 is to play in every game.
Huddle Up: Although his season was cut short, Johnson showed more than enough upside to enter 2019 as Detroit's lead back. Target him as a RB2.
Posted: 5/02/2019 4:05 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson said he hit the proverbial rookie wall early in the 2018 season. 'Rookie wall hit me in like, fall, bro,' Johnson said Thursday, May 2.
Huddle Up: Johnson's rookie season was limited to 10 games and 150 touches due to a knee injury, but he certainly made an impression and deserves RB2 consideration entering his sophomore campaign.
Posted: 3/28/2019 6:03 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson won't be run into the ground this year coming off a knee injury late last season. 'We could win a couple [games] now, but if we wear this guy out and he doesn't help us in the long run then what's the trade off?' head coach Matt Patricia said.
Huddle Up: Johnson will still be the lead back for the Lions, but time will tell if he sees the 15-20 touches he saw last year when he took over the starting gig. Even with Theo Riddick and others taking snaps away from Johnson, the sophomore running back merits RB2 consideration.
Posted: 2/22/2019 3:02 am UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson's ability to catch passes out of the backfield will be a 'bonus' for the offense, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. 'We're going to run the football, and we're going to run it really well,' Bevell said.
Huddle Up: Johnson flashed lead back potential before suffering an injury, and if he does become the centerpiece of the backfield, he will have RB1 upside with a RB2 floor in 2019.
Posted: 1/03/2019 2:01 am UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) said his knee is close to 100 percent and believes he could have returned this season if the Lions had made the playoffs.
Huddle Up: Johnson was limited to 10 games this season because of the injury but finished with 641 yards and three touchdowns. He likely will compete for the starting running back job next season and could be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy running back if he wins the job.
Posted: 12/19/2018 2:12 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 19. He should make a full recovery in the offseason.
Huddle Up: Zach Zenner and LeGarrette Blount figure to share the work with Theo Riddick involved in the passing downs. All three have roster value, but any of the three could be featured in the final two weeks.
Posted: 12/14/2018 8:12 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 14, and has been ruled out for Week 15.
Huddle Up: LeGarrette Blount, Zach Zenner and Theo Riddick probably will all receive some work at running back this week. Riddick can be considered a flex option in point-per-receptions leagues because of his role in the passing game. It is not known if Blount or Zenner will receive more carries, so owners could consider avoiding both players.
Posted: 12/14/2018 4:12 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) was not seen at practice Friday, Dec. 14.
Huddle Up: Sadly, Johnson's strong rookie season is finishing with a string of DNPs as he hasn't practiced -- let alone played -- since injuring his knee Nov. 18 against the Carolina Panthers. LeGarrette Blount had 12 carries apiece in the Week 14 win over the Cardinals, with the latter scoring a TD, but neither is anything more than a deeper-league flex consideration for Sunday's game in Buffalo.