clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Lions notes: Former NFL backs rave about Kerryon Johnson’s rookie year

New, comments

Kerryon Johnson turned a lot of heads this year.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson won’t be in consideration for offensive rookie of the year. Despite finishing with the second-highest yards per carry in the league amongst running backs (5.4), the Lions rookie suffered an injury that cost him the final six games of the season.

But that doesn’t mean he didn’t make an impression during his rookie season. A couple former NFL back raved about Johnson’s season this week at Radio Row for the Super Bowl.

First, there’s Hall of Fame running back Ladainian Tomlinson, who had this to say about Johnson:

Additionally, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press talked with former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, who said the Lions have a franchise running back in Kerryon.

“He is a franchise back,” Robinson said. “You don’t necessarily have to run the sub-4.3 to be a franchise back. You have to be dependable, you have to be the same guy every single day and you must protect the quarterback.“

So did Kerryon check all those boxes?

“He did it better than some veterans,” Robinson said.

I highly recommend watching that interview with Robinson, as he also talks about the Lions’ new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

  • It looks like Kerryon really appreciated some of those words, especially from Tomlinson:

  • Lions tight end Luke Willson joined former Lions defensive end Cliff Avril over at Radio Row this week. They don’t really talk much about the Lions, but Willson is an entertaining listen: