Kerryon Johnson Comes Back Down To Earth In Preseason Week Two

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Detroit Lions Running Back Kerryon Johnson Follows His Impressive Preseason Debut With A Solid Performance That Didn’t Look Impressive Statistically.


Kerryon Johnson had a fantastic debut in the Detroit Lions first preseason game. The stat line didn’t even do it justice as his longest run was called back for penalty. One of my favorite running back prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft, I know that I was not alone in being both excited and impressed by his preseason debut.

Last week, he rushed seven times for 34 yards. A penalty negated Kerryon Johnson’s most impressive run of the night.

Kerryon Johnson did not have as explosive a game in the Detroit Lions second preseason game.

In the first preseason game, Legarrette Blount played most of the snaps against the Raiders’ first team defense. This week, Kerryon Johnson opened the game with the starters. Fans should have expected a bit less of a flashy game.

That was exactly what they got.

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While Kerryon Johnson didn’t have any big-time splash plays, he still looked good. His reps didn’t appear as impressive on the surface but, overall, it was a solid performance from the Detroit Lions second round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

His four carries for nine yards and one reception for ten yards certainly don’t look impressive on the stat sheet, but preseason isn’t about stats. The important thing is that Kerryon Johnson still displayed the patience and vision that made him such an attractive prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft, reaffirming that he should be a very solid addition to the Detroit Lions talented backfield.

While Kerryon Johnson didn’t make waves with his opportunities, the fact that he opened the game as the starter should be reassuring to fans, because it shows that the coaching staff has faith in him to play with the starters. It shows that he will probably be given every opportunity to win significant playing time early in the regular season. That’s exactly what you hope to see out of a second round pick early in preseason.

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