The play may not have counted, but Kerryon Johnson just made a whole lot of Detroit Lions fans happy. On the first drive of the second half against the Oakland Raiders Friday night, Johnson took a carry from Jake Rudock 57 yards. Take a look:
#Lions RB Kerryon Johnson breaks off a long run that's unfortunately called back due to a penalty. Rookie showing why he was a 2nd RD pick though. pic.twitter.com/ugtrBafUmI— Steve Frederick (@SportsGuyTweets) August 11, 2018
There’s a lot going on here to be excited about. First, there’s Johnson’s vision to find that lane to the outside where there is just miles of open field for him. There’s also a solid stiff-arm that allowed him to get into the secondary with ease.
But once he got there, he wasn’t done. He spins out of a tackle, then heads for the sidelines and nearly beats everyone to the endzone.
Unfortunately, the play was all for nothing. The block that sprung Johnson, a second-level play from Tyrell Crosby, was deemed an illegal hold, and the 57-yard run was called back.
Was it really a hold? Chris Spielman didn’t think so, but you be the judge:
Kerryon Johnson with some moves!!! (called back but w/e) pic.twitter.com/5hxZyzMU5m— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) August 11, 2018