Kerryon Johnson came into the league with a pretty good reputation, but one ding on his scouting report was a question about his durability. One report said that “scouts [were] concerned that the combination of his frame and running style could lead to durability issues.”
Well, through two years in the NFL that has proven out to be a fairly accurate report. Johnson has only played in 18 games (starting 14) the last two seasons.
So today’s question is:
Can the Lions rely on Kerryon Johnson for 2020?
My answer: No
Johnson is a talented running back who has shown flashes throughout his two year career (the 2018 game against the Dolphins comes to mind). But the Lions simply can’t go into 2020 with a mishmash backfield behind Johnson.
Bo Scarbrough was fine in relief duty, but the Lions are kidding themselves if they think he can be anything other than a high-end #2/3 back—a la Zach Zenner. And J.D. McKissic, while electric at times, was more a replacement for Theo Riddick than anything.
But what do you think? Should Lions try and take another running back early to compete with Johnson? Should they sign a veteran who can share the load? Or do they stick with what they’ve got?