Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press
Published 9: 35 p.m. ET Might per chance even unprejudiced 7, 2021
It did not bewitch too long for Kerryon Johnson to acquire a brand current home.
Johnson, the Detroit Lions’ second-round pick up in 2018, used to be claimed Friday by the Philadelphia Eagles, one day after being cut by the group that drafted him, the Eagles introduced. Closing season, Johnson fell in the motivate of 2020 draft pick up D’Andre Swift on the Lions’ depth chart, and current regular supervisor Brad Holmes added versatile motivate Jamaal Williams in free agency.
In 34 games (18 starts) with the Lions, Johnson accumulated 1,225 speeding yards on 283 complete carries (4.3 yards per carry). His only season used to be his first; Johnson ran for 641 yards and had one other 213 yards receiving, both profession highs, in barely 10 games for the Lions. Accidents in his first two seasons sapped some of Johnson’s taking half in time
However in 2020, he performed all 16 games and used to be largely relegated to third-down work — carrying the ball a profession-low 52 times. His role as a cross-blocker used to be recurrently praised by the instructing staff.
The Lions are anticipated to lean on Swift, Williams and rookie Jermar Jefferson, a seventh-round engage of Oregon Say, this year.
Adrian Peterson, who started the 2020 season as the starter after signing with the Lions final summer, is every other time a free agent. He rushed for 465 yards final season and is asking to play “for a contender.” That description doesn’t match the Lions, who true traded their franchise quarterback and are under a famous-year head coach and first-year regular supervisor.
Johnson, who turns 24 in June, starred for Auburn sooner than being drafted by the Lions, with 1,391 speeding yards his senior year. He joins a crowded Eagles backfield that entails Miles Sanders, the group’s main rusher in 2020 at 867 yards, and former Pro Bowler Jordan Howard. Boston Scott returns in a backup role this season, and Philly drafted Memphis working motivate Kenny Gainwell in the fifth round of the 2021 draft.
The Lions and Eagles play this season in Detroit; the actual date will be released on Wednesday alongside with the remainder of the NFL schedule.