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Kerryon Johnson Cracks 100 Yards, Earning Lions Workhorse Duties

Kerryon Johnson is the first Lions’ running back to rush for 100 yards since the great Reggie Bush in 2013. He continued to have the hot hand over LeGarrette Blount, though both ended up with 16 carries. The more talented Johnson has separated himself from Blount through the first three games, and should emerge as the lead back moving forward. He’s on the FLEX radar against the Cowboys in Week 4.

Despite the equal number of carries Kerryon Johnson had with Blount, anyone with a pair of eyes who watched the game could clearly see that Johnson brings far much more to the table to Detroit’s offense in the workhorse role. He was fluid running the ball through gaping holes, and was a nice check down option for Stafford in the passing game. The second round pick out of Auburn clearly has the skills to be a weapon in the Lions’ offense. His total touches and yards per carry have increased every game, it would only make sense for Johnson to be used more often than the likes of Blount and Riddick. Both those two are pretty one dimensional, whereas Johnson has the ability to play both roles on the field. Johnson is averaging 5.6 ypc, and looks like the RB this Detroit offense has been looking for after many years now. With increased usage, Johnson is working his way into solidifying flex appeal for fantasy rosters, and could work his way into RB2 territory.

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