2019 NFL Draft Guide Player Profile: Kerryon Johnson
Colby Conway breaks down Kerryon Johnson and tells us what we can expect from the Detroit Lions running back heading into the 2019 season.
It was a successful rookie season for Detroit’s Kerryon Johnson , as he rushed for 641 yards on 118 carries last year, while adding in 213 receiving yards on 32 receptions. He found the end zone four times in 10 games last year, and while he averaged a respectable 15 touches per game, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, was clamoring for more for the talented young back. He averaged 5.7 yards per touch and some adjustments to the Detroit roster, particularly in the backfield, open the door to a heavy workload for Johnson in 2019.
The Lions ran the ball 404 times in 2018, with LeGarrette Blount leading the way with 154 carries. He’s no longer there. Zach Zenner and Theo Riddick combined for 95 rushes, and they are both out of the picture. What does this mean? Well, it means that 249 carries or 61.6 percent of the total carries from last year need to be accounted for this year, and Johnson is the likely man to grasp those. Sure, Anderson will get some of them as well, but if we are...