Kerryon Johnson

Kerryon Johnson

24-Year-Old Running BackRB
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Free Agent
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A second-round pick in 2018, Johnson was finally able to suit up for a full 16 games last year for the Lions but ironically had his least productive season as rookie D'Andre Swift proved to be a more than capable No. 1 back, leaving the Auburn product battling the ageless Adrian Peterson for backup touches. Johnson possesses a solid three-down skill set, but his upright, physical running style has led to multiple injuries and leaves him ill-suited for high volume, and Detroit gave him double-digit touches only once in 2020. Those injuries may also have sapped him of some explosiveness, as he's averaged only 3.5 yards per carry the last two years. Claimed on waivers by the Eagles in the offseason, Johnson will spend the final year of his rookie contract learning a new offense and trying to carve out a role behind Miles Sanders in a crowded Philadelphia backfield. Read Past Outlooks
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#259
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$Released by the Eagles in August of 2021.
Cut from practice squad
RBFree Agent
October 5, 2021
Johnson was released from the 49ers' practice squad Tuesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
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The running back didn't attempt a run in his only game Week 3 versus the Packers. After being waived by the Lions in May, Johnson joined the 49ers in September, but he will now search for a new team.
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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
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2018
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.
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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Back on practice squad
RBFree Agent
September 27, 2021
Johnson reverted to the 49ers' practice squad Monday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Only used on special teams
RBSan Francisco 49ers
September 27, 2021
Johnson only logged nine special-teams snaps in Sunday's 30-28 loss to Green Bay.
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Moves to active roster
RBSan Francisco 49ers
September 25, 2021
Johnson was elevated from the practice squad Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Possible promotion looming
RBFree Agent
September 20, 2021
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that there's a 'chance' Johnson could be activated from the team's practice squad this week, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official website reports.
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Joins Niners' practice squad
RBFree Agent
September 14, 2021
Johnson agreed Tuesday to join the 49ers' practice squad, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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