Kerryon Johnson
Kerryon Johnson
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Detroit Lions
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Johnson flashed the upside of a true three-down back for a second consecutive season last year, but he had trouble staying healthy and in the lineup. A knee injury suffered Week 7 required surgery and cost him eight games, sabotaging a solid start to the season that had seen him pile up 411 yards and three TDs in the Lions' first five games. Johnson showed improved chemistry with Matthew Stafford to begin the year, averaging nearly 10 yards per target through those first five games, but his physical running style has proven a poor match for his slightly undersized frame (5-11, 206). After bringing in veterans behind Johnson the last two years, Detroit sprung for an early draft pick in the backfield this offseason, nabbing D'Andre Swift at No. 35 overall. The Georgia product is a better prospect than Johnson was as a second-round pick in 2018, carrying more weight (212) in a shorter frame (5-8) while boasting 4.48 speed and a college average of 6.6 YPC. Swift also offers three-down potential after averaging 24.3 catches, 222 yards and 1.7 touchdowns in his three seasons as a Bulldog. With Bo Scarbrough and fifth-round pick Jason Huntley lingering at the bottom of the depth chart, and Adrian Peterson having been signed just before the regular season, Johnson suddenly finds himself in a crowded backfield where he no longer holds the advantage in pedigree. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $6.5 million contract with the Lions in May of 2018.
May not fit with new coaching staff
RBDetroit Lions
February 10, 2021
The Lions' new coaching staff doesn't appear to view Johnson as a solid No. 2 running back, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
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Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn referred to D'Andre Swift as a "three-down back," but he also said the team will still need to "find someone else" to complement him. Johnson, a former second-round pick himself, thus figures to face competition for a backup role, or possibly even for a roster spot. He was largely used as a pass blocker in 2020, while Swift and 35-year-old Adrian Peterson handled most of the carries and targets. Now entering the final year of his rookie contract, Johnson may not have a future in Detroit under the new management.
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How do Kerryon Johnson's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
5.8%
 
Positive Run %
86.5%
 
% Yds After Contact
56.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.0
 
Rushing TD %
3.8%
 
Touches Per Game
4.4
 
% Snaps w/Touch
24.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-0.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.03
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.2%
 
% Team Targets
4.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
73.1%
 
Drop Rate
7.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.8
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Kerryon Johnson's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash metric is from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
206 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.54 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.29 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.07 sec
 
Vertical Jump
40.0 in
 
Broad Jump
126 in
 
Bench Press
11 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
32.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
For an eight-game stretch in the middle of last season, the Lions looked like they'd found their new feature back in Johnson. The rookie amassed 751 scrimmage yards and four TDs Weeks 3-11, with 5.5 YPC and 16.1 touches per game in that stretch before a knee injury ended his season. He has some traits of a No. 1 RB in the NFL, running with power, balance and burst while also showing aptitude as a receiver, but he might not have the frame (206 pounds) to withstand the punishment his running style brings over a 16-game schedule. The switch at offensive coordinator from Jim Bob Cooter to Darrell Bevell should benefit Johnson, though. Bevell ran the Vikings and Seahawks offenses during the primes of Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch, so he has a long track record of bringing out the best in his backfields. The Lions signed C.J. Anderson to be a reliable veteran backup in case Johnson breaks down again, but the release of Theo Riddick could free up work on passing downs. Johnson's efficiency from last season suggests he's a useful pass catcher who doesn't need a huge rushing workload to be productive.
The Lions traded up to the 43rd overall pick in this year's draft to select Johnson in the second round, and one look at the tape from his junior year at Auburn tells you why. The 21-year-old is an explosive runner, hitting holes and getting to the second level before linebackers can blink, with great balance and an aggressive edge allowing him to pick up tough yards after contact. The Le'Veon Bell comparison is undoubtedly ambitious, as he does not quite have Bell's otherworldly vision and patience when it comes to finding holes, but Johnson does have three-down potential. There are concerns about his durability given his running style and skinny frame, but he will not be asked to take on a massive workload right away with LeGarrette Blount arriving from Philadelphia and Theo Riddick still around to serve as the primary third-down and receiving back. If Johnson adapts to the NFL quickly, though, he has the talent to steal touches from both of his veteran teammates.
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Minimal role in season finale
RBDetroit Lions
January 3, 2021
Johnson did not record a carry and was unable to secure his only target during Sunday's 37-35 loss to Minnesota.
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Catches two passes
RBDetroit Lions
December 28, 2020
Johnson caught both of his targets for 17 yards during Saturday's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers.
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No touches against Titans
RBDetroit Lions
December 20, 2020
Johnson did not record a carry or target during Sunday's 46-25 loss to the Titans.
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Vultures touchdown
RBDetroit Lions
December 14, 2020
Johnson rushed twice for three yards and a touchdown while securing his only target for 10 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.
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Resumes practicing in full
RBDetroit Lions
December 10, 2020
Johnson (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
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