Johnson was featured heavily in his rookie year for Detroit after they drafted him in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL draft. He carried the ball 63 times for 273 yards and caught 24 passes for 109 yards last season. He also managed to stay healthy on an injury-riddled team, featuring in all 16 games.
The running back had fallen out of favor in year two, though. He was relegated to a reserve role after making the 53-man roster. Johnson played in each of the team’s first two games, then was a healthy scratch in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals. He did not receive a carry or a target on offense in Detroit this season.
Johnson joins the Jets a day after they lost a wild 37-28 game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football. They are 0-4 on the season.