Ty Johnson
Ty Johnson
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
New York Jets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A speedster taken in the sixth round of the 2019 draft by the Lions, Johnson was scooped up on waivers by the Jets early last season and got a long look in the second half after Le'Veon Bell was cut loose. Johnson had his moments, including a 104-yard performance against the Raiders in Week 13, but the final four weeks he managed a total of only 90 rushing yards on 3.8 yards per carry. Johnson's main issue is that he doesn't bring much to the table other than his plus top-end speed, as he doesn't run with much power or elusiveness and isn't a natural pass catcher. New Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur is a Kyle Shanahan protege, so there could be plenty of touches to go around in the backfield, but Johnson profiles as a lesser version of free-agent signing Tevin Coleman, and fourth-round pick Michael Carter could quickly surpass him on the depth chart as well. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.69 million contract with the Lions in May of 2019. Waived by the Lions in October of 2020. Claimed off waivers by the Jets in October of 2020.
In three-way battle
RBNew York Jets
May 31, 2021
Johnson is splitting first-team reps in OTAs with Tevin Coleman and Michael Carter, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
Coleman technically is the starter at this point in the offseason, but Johnson and Carter still have plenty of time to make their cases for the top spot on the depth chart. Carter projects as more of a change-of-pace type, leaving Coleman and Johnson to battle it out for the majority of early-down opportunities, including the all-important goal-line looks. This is a position battle that may not be decided until deep into the preseason, so it'll be important to monitor these players' performances as Week 1 approaches.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Ty 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.
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% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
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% Snaps w/Touch
Air Yards Per Game
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% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
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Drop Rate
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2020 Ty Johnson Split Stats
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Johnson somehow stuck on the 53-man roster even after the Lions added D'Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson, but it's hard to see any path to fantasy relevance for the 2019 sixth-round pick, barring another vicious rash of injuries in the Detroit backfield. Johnson may need to earn his salary on special teams this year.
Johnson was efficient with limited work at the University of Maryland, averaging 7.6 yards on 348 career carries. He got some attention after running a 4.26-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, inspiring the Lions to scoop him up with a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. With Theo Riddick cut at the start of training camp, Johnson has a solid shot to make the 53-man roster for Week 1, potentially serving as a kick returner. He's still a long shot to have any role on offense at the beginning of the regular season.
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Could open season as starter
RBNew York Jets
May 2, 2021
Johnson sits atop the Jets' running back depth chart put together by Tyler Calvaruso of USA Today.
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Splits with Adams in finale
RBNew York Jets
January 3, 2021
Johnson rushed 11 times for 45 yards and caught both of his targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Patriots.
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Leading role on tap
RBNew York Jets
December 30, 2020
Johnson is expected to serve as the Jets' feature back Sunday against the Patriots with both Frank Gore (bruised lung) and La'Mical Perine (reserve/COVID-19 list) sidelined, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
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Limited role in Perine's return
RBNew York Jets
December 27, 2020
Johnson rushed twice for 13 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns.
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Scores in win over Rams
RBNew York Jets
December 20, 2020
Johnson carried the ball three times for 16 yards and caught all six of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 upset of the Rams.
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