The addition of Adrian Peterson will likely have a profound impact on the Detroit Lions’ running back usage in 2020. Peterson was Washington’s primary back last season, and his 211 carries ranked 19th in the NFL. If that’s any indication of how he’ll be used in Detroit, he’s not here to be a situational player or a third stringer.
So, naturally, one has to wonder what this means for a guy like Kerryon Johnson, who may have already been pushed down the depth chart by Lions second-round pick D’Andre Swift.
But if Johnson is bothered by the move, he certainly isn’t showing it. On Sunday morning, Johnson reacted to the news on Twitter, and he seems pretty excited about it.
If i were to take a picture with him would that be fan boying too much?? https://t.co/gQqLqNl1Yf— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) September 6, 2020
When Peterson was drafted all the way back in 2007, Johnson was only nine years old. It’s safe to say that Johnson grew up watching Peterson run rampant on the NFC North, and now he’ll (likely) get to share a locker room with him.
Even if Peterson ends up cutting into his playing time, it has to be a cool moment for Johnson, and he isn’t the only current Lions back that grew up idolizing Peterson. Bo Scarbrough made sure to get Peterson’s jersey last season:
I remember Bo having AD’s jersey hanging in his locker after the Washington game last year. Had a nice message written on the numbers. Stayed up the whole week. He was like a little kid talking about it. https://t.co/NESER4MIyx— Benjamin Raven (@BenjaminSRaven) September 6, 2020
We’ll see if Scarbrough and Johnson get the opportunity to play alongside their childhood idol as the Lions kick off the 2020 season in just one week.
Barry Sanders, who could very well see some of his records broken by Peterson this year, also welcomed the veteran running back to Detroit: