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Lions notes: Kerryon Johnson 1 of 6 ‘most infuriatingly misused players’ in the NFL

Lions fans are the only ones frustrated with Kerryon Johnson’s usage through six weeks.

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Many Detroit Lions fans have griped about the team’s usage of rookie running back Kerryon Johnson. The Lions’ second-round pick is averaging 5.7 yards per carry, good for fourth best among all qualifying NFL running backs. However, he only has 50 carries through his first five games, while LeGarrette Blount—who is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry—has almost as many rushes, at 47.

Well, Lions fans aren’t the only ones that are frustrated by the Lions’ running back usage. Danny Kelly of The Ringer listed Johnson as one of The Six Most Infuriatingly Misused Players in the NFL.

“Johnson’s been incredibly efficient—he ranks first in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, and ninth in success rate (52 percent), but is stuck in a timeshare with veteran back LeGarrette Blount, who’s been useful in short-yardage and goal-line situations but sluggish everywhere else, averaging just 2.5 yards per carry,” Kelly wrote.

He definitely has a point, and I think almost all Lions fans can agree that Johnson needs a bigger percentage of touches from the Lions backfield. However, an increase Johnson’s usage wouldn’t have necessarily changed outcome of previous losses.

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