Kerryon Johnson
Kerryon Johnson
22-Year-Old Running BackRB
Detroit Lions
Questionable
Injury Knee
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $6.5 million contract with the Lions in May of 2018.
Update expected Monday
RBDetroit Lions
Knee
October 20, 2019
Coach Matt Patricia says the team won't have an update on Johnson's (knee) status until Monday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Johnson exited in the first half of Sunday's loss to the Vikings with a knee injury. While he remained in uniform on the sideline in the second half, Johnson also had a brace on his right knee during that time. Detroit has J.D. McKissic and Ty Johnson on the running back depth chart behind Kerryon, and the team could opt to activate recent addition Tra Carson if Johnson can't go against the Giants in Week 8.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Kerryon Johnson's 2019 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 %
9.2%
 
Positive Run %
77.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
66.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.2
 
Rushing TD %
2.3%
 
Touches Per Game
19.2
 
% Snaps w/Touch
42.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
12.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.27
 
% Team Air Yards
3.4%
 
% Team Targets
7.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
4.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
69.2%
 
Drop Rate
15.4%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
12.9
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Vikings pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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vs Vikings
Sunday, Oct 20th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
74.0
 
Cornerbacks
83.8
 
Safeties
33.2
 
Linebackers
83.3
 
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2019 Kerryon Johnson Split Stats
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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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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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Ruled out Sunday
RBDetroit Lions
Knee
October 20, 2019
Johnson has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Vikings due to a right knee injury.
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Suffers right knee injury
RBDetroit Lions
Knee
October 20, 2019
Johnson sustained a knee injury during Sunday's contest against the Vikings.
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Inefficiency continues
RBDetroit Lions
October 14, 2019
Johnson rushed 13 times for 34 yards and one touchdown while catching two of four targets for 27 yards during Monday's 23-22 loss to the Packers.
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Shows improvement in loss
RBDetroit Lions
September 29, 2019
Johnson ran for 125 yards on 26 carries and added 32 yards on a pair of catches during Sunday's 34-30 loss to Kansas City.
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Completely stonewalled in win
RBDetroit Lions
September 22, 2019
Johnson rushed 20 times for 36 yards and a touchdown and brought in his only target for seven yards in the Lions' 27-24 win over the Eagles on Sunday.
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