Kerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
Mon 10/19/20 12:40 PM

Johnson carried four times for nine yards while catching one of two targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 34-16 win over the Jaguars.

EDGE Analysis

Between D'Andre Swift having a monster day, Adrian Peterson getting 15 carries and a score of his own in the same game, and Bo Scarbrough (undisclosed) being designated to return from injured reserve, there don't appear to be many reasons to hold on to Johnson any longer in the vast majority of fantasy formats. If there was a reason, it probably involves hope that Johnson could be traded at some point before the deadline.

Kerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
Sun 10/4/20 6:29 PM

Johnson rushed three times for nine yards while securing his only target for three yards during Sunday's 35-29 loss to New Orleans.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson had to be looked at by trainers in the second half after taking a shot to the hip, but he didn't need to be removed from the game and appeared to be running behind both D'Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson in this matchup even before getting nicked up. While Johnson could continue to maintain a small role in this backfield committee due to his pass-blocking abilities, the jack-of-all-trades clearly seems to have the lowest fantasy upside of the bunch.

Kerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
Mon 9/28/20 3:48 PM

Johnson rushed three times for 16 yards while securing his only target for 14 yards during Sunday's 26-23 victory over Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson lost starting duties to Adrian Peterson and ultimately saw just 20 offensive snaps compared to Peterson's 40 and D'Andre Swift's six. After the game, head coach Matt Patricia indicated that controlling the clock was one of Detroit's primary objectives, according to Chris Burke of the Athletic, which may explain why the backfield playing time was as divided as it was. Perhaps we should expect similar distributions when Detroit matches up with other fast-paced teams like the Cardinals, who rank top five in the league in total offensive snaps. However, barring an injury to Peterson or Swift, Johnson currently doesn't seem like a great bet for consistent offensive touches in any scenario.

Kerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
Sun 9/20/20 5:09 PM

Johnson rushed eight times for 32 yards and a touchdown while failing to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson once again worked in a three-man rotation with Adrian Peterson (41 yards on seven carries) and D'Andre Swift (12 yards on five carries) after getting seven of the team's 24 running back carries in Week 1. He capped Detroit's opening drive with a one-yard touchdown run, and Johnson will need to maintain his role as the Lions' preferred goal-line option to stand out in the team's crowded backfield in Week 3 against the Cardinals and beyond.

Kerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
Sun 9/13/20 6:43 PM

Johnson rushed seven times for 14 yards and was not targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson got the starting nod, but Adrian Peterson ended up seeing the most carries (12) and D'Andre Swift easily led the backfield in snaps. While it is just one game, this breakdown is not what Johnson investors hoped to see. It may be hard to trust him in any kind of fantasy lineup until further notice.

Kerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
Sun 9/6/20 11:01 AM

Johnson is facing more competition in the backfield from Adrian Peterson, who signed a one-year contract with the Lions on Sunday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With D'Andre Swift (undisclosed) missing a good chunk of training camp with an injury, Johnson had an opportunity to begin the season as the Lions' starting running back. The addition of Peterson shouldn't change that immediately, but it could have more of an impact as the season rolls on. Johnson has admitted in training camp that he's not as shifty as Swift, so once the rookie gets healthy, this could turn into a committee backfield. If that's the case and Swift takes off as expected, Johnson could be the most affected back by Peterson's presence.

Kerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
Tue 8/25/20 11:29 AM

Johnson said he wears a knee brace for peace of mind, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Reports of Johnson wearing a knee brace during practice led to some speculation about an injury setback, but it seems he enjoyed a healthy offseason and has remained in good health throughout training camp. While most players find it burdensome to wear a brace on the field, Johnson says he's comfortable wearing one, noting that it helps his confidence. He missed eight games last season with a torn meniscus in his right knee, and he's now facing snap/touch competition from rookie second-round pick D'Andre Swift.

Kerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
Tue 8/18/20 6:05 PM

Head coach Matt Patricia said Johnson's lack of practice reps Tuesday was planned, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

There was a concern for Johnson's health after he was seen on the sidelines during Tuesday's practice one day after also being seen with a brace on his right knee. After all, that's the same knee in which Johnson tore his meniscus last season. However, Patricia's comments indicate Johnson is fine. Probably the bigger concern for Johnson's 2020 outlook at this point is D'Andre Swift, who has thoroughly impressed thus far into training camp.

Kerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
Tue 8/18/20 4:51 PM1 Comment

Johnson (undisclosed) was spotted on the sidelines with his helmet off during Tuesday's practice, Brad Galli of WXYZ Detroit reports.

EDGE Analysis

After missing eight games in 2019 with a torn meniscus in his right knee, Johnson was spotted Monday with a brace on his right leg, per ESPN's Michael Rothstein. While it's not clear if a re-injured knee is why Johnson missed reps Tuesday, any missed time going forward should mean more reps for rookie D'Andre Swift.

Kerryon Johnson
RB DET (5)
Tue 4/28/20 8:06 PM2 Comments

General manager Bob Quinn said he views Johnson and second-round draft pick D'Andre Swift as complements to each other, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's no secret that head coach Matt Patricia prefers a running back-by-committee approach. When also considering the fact that Johnson has missed 14 games through his first two seasons, it's not surprising that Detroit was willing to spend a second-round pick on another back despite having already used a second-rounder on Johnson back in 2018. With that said, Swift appears to be the superior prospect as both a runner and pass catcher, and it's not unreasonable to think the rookie could take over the top spot sooner rather than later in 2020. Johnson -- and Bo Scarbrough, to a much lesser extent -- will probably still be involved in the rushing attack no matter what, but Swift possesses the greatest upside of the group.