Kerryon Johnson Might Not See a Lions’ Share of Carries in Committee-Plagued Detroit

Kerryon Johnson put up the numbers at Auburn, but will lack the juice at the NFL level.

Kerryon Johnson put up some serious numbers at Auburn, but there are numerous factors as to why we need to pump the breaks on him as a fantasy football stud with the Lions. 

A 1,585 yard and 20 touchdown season in the rugged SEC is nothing to gloss over when it comes to breaking down Kerryon Johnson as a prospect. However, the way in which he got to that total yardage is the real question mark. When you pop the tape in, the first thing you’ll notice is his size (6-feet, 230 lbs) and his patience at the line of scrimmage — it’s borderline Le’Veon Bell-like. Then you’ll think you’re watching an old Big Ten game, where it’s three-yards and a cloud of dust. Johnson’s lack of explosiveness (only nine rushes of 20-plus yards and three rushes of 30-plus yards on 285 carries) at the collegiate level is borderline frightening for his NFL future. Sure, the SEC has a few good defenses, but they’ve softened up lately outside of Alabama and Georgia.

Even though the Lions’ lackluster RB depth chart gives the appearance of a “Value Hole,” the situation could be ugly. Matt Patricia now roams the sidelines there and we all know how much his mentor Bill Belichick, a notorious committee lover, cared about your fantasy teams. Patricia signed LeGarrette Blount in free agency to vulture touchdowns from the likes of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.  A backfield of Johnson, Blount, Riddick and possibly Abdullah?

Moreover, during the Lions’ Day 2 post-draft press conference, GM Bob Quinn said, ” Ameer (Abdullah) is here, he was here this week, we’re gonna let all those guys compete. This isn’t a one-back league. We’re not a one-back team. It’s a running-back-by-committee league. We’ll probably have three of them active every week, and every one of them is going to have a role in our offense.” When asked specifically of usage, he added, “He runs a lot between the guards, but I think we’ll use him more to run outside…”

Puke. Let your leaguemates take the oft-injured running back earlier than they should, while you can target one of the other rookie backs.

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