After three seasons in the Motor City, Kerryon Johnson is on his way out.
First reported by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Detroit Lions will waive Johnson, ending his underwhelming tenure in Detroit. In 34 games with the Lions, Johnson rushed for 1,225 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Lions deciding to cut bait with Johnson should not be a shocker. Firstly, Johnson could not stay healthy. In 2018, his rookie season was cut short after suffering a knee injury in a Week 11 win over the Carolina Panthers. He missed the next four games before the Lions placed him on injured reserve. The following season he was limited to eight games due to another knee injury, which required surgery.
Johnson played all 16 games during the 2020 season but only started in two of them. With Adrian Peterson in the backfield and the emergence of then-rookie D’Andre Swift, Johnson’s place in the Lions offense was nonexistent.
And if that wasn’t enough proof, then the 2021 NFL Draft was the icing on the cake. In the 7th round, the Lions drafted Jermar Jefferson, someone Lions GM Brad Holmes didn’t think would be available.
With Swift, Jefferson, and the Lions adding Jamaal Williams through free agency, it’s possible Johnson could have become a disgruntled player eventually.
In 16 games last season, Kerryon Johnson rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 3.5 yards per rush.