|Team:||New York Jets|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 213 lb.|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 6 (186)|
Johnson returned three kickoffs for 66 yards but didn't touch the ball on offense in Sunday's 18-10 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Johnson turned three carries into 42 yards last week, but he didn't get any opportunities in New York's backfield against Buffalo while Frank Gore and La'Mical Perine combined for 99 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries apiece. Coach Adam Gase seems content to keep giving the 37-year-old Gore double-digit touches, and while Perine has started to take on a larger role, Johnson remains a distant third on the running back depth chart.
Johnson made his Jets debut in Sunday's 24-0 loss to Miami, rushing three times for 42 yards and failing to corral his only target.
Analysis: Johnson broke off a 34-yard run for New York's longest offensive play of the game, but he operated as the third-string running back behind veteran Frank Gore (11 carries for 46 yards) and rookie La'Mical Perine (seven carries for 27 yards). If Johnson keeps flashing enough speed to get to the outside, he could provide a much-needed spark for the lifeless Jets offense and start to take on a larger role in Week 7 against Buffalo and beyond.
Johnson will have the opportunity to earn more playing time following the release of starting running back Le'Veon Bell, per coach Adam Gase, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Analysis: Gase emphasized that rookie La'Mical Perine will play a larger role at 37-year-old Frank Gore's expense following Bell's release, but he also mentioned Johnson and Josh Adams as candidates to take on larger backfield roles. Johnson was claimed off waivers by the Jets two weeks ago but is yet to suit up for the team.
Johnson was claimed off waivers by the Jets on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Johnson was waived by the Lions on Thursday and will join a Jets team where he should have more opportunities to earn playing time, at least while Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) is on IR. The 23-year-old Maryland product joins a running back room currently consisting of 37-year-old Frank Gore, rookie fourth-rounder La'Mical Perine and Dolphins castoff Kalen Ballage. Johnson averaged 4.3 yards per carry and caught 24 passes as a rookie last season, and his most immediate path to snaps could be as an upgrade over Ballage on passing downs if Johnson can learn the offense quickly.
Johnson was waived by the Lions on Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Johnson somewhat surprisingly made the Lions roster out of training camp over fifth-round rookie Jason Huntley. Now that Detroit coaches seem more than content with a top backfield trio of Adrian Peterson, Kerryon Johnson and D'Andre Swift - with Jamal Agnew mixing in on gadget plays - it appears Ty Johnson is no longer needed, either. However, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Lions try to stash Ty Johnson on the practice squad for insurance purposes.
Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against Arizona.
Analysis: The 2019 sixth-round draft pick fielded five offensive snaps last Sunday in a loss to Green Bay, but he is yet to garner a single carry on the young season. Johnson logged an average of 3.9 carries per game last year for a bottom-12 Lions rushing attack, but with D'Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson now in the mix, his offensive involvement has fallen by the wayside.
Johnson was targeted once but did not record a catch during Sunday's loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Johnson again saw the majority (12 of 17 total snaps) of his playing time come on special teams. Barring an injury to Adrian Peterson, Kerryon Johnson or D'Andre Swift, this modest offensive involvement should be the expectation for Ty Johnson until further notice.
Johnson did log a snap on offense during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago.
Analysis: Johnson got 12 snaps on special teams, but the backfield work was divided between Adrian Peterson, D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson. Barring injury, it's unlikely Johnson joins that rotation.
Johnson made the Lions' initial 53-man roster in advance of Sunday's season opener against the Bears, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Detroit's selection of Jason Huntley in the fifth-round of this spring's draft seemingly put Johnson on the roster bubble, but the former was surprisingly let go over the weekend. That leaves Johnson in a backfield with Kerryon Johnson, D'Andre Swift (undisclosed) and Adrian Peterson, while Bo Scarbrough (undisclosed) heads to injured reserve. Depending on Swift's health status, Johnson seems like a candidate to handle some of the backfield work on passing downs this weekend.
Johnson could be on the roster bubble entering the 2020 season, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It's a bit surprising to see Johnson fall so far down the team's depth chart, particularly after a rookie season in which he piled together 382 total yards despite playing just 318 snaps. However, after the Lions took two running backs in the 2020 NFL Draft -- D'Andre Swift in the second round and Jason Huntley in the fifth -- it appears as if Johnson's skillset as a multi-tooled athlete may be redundant. Huntley's role in particular could spell doom for Johnson, as the fifth-round selection was a capable returner in college while putting together a decent resume as an open-field pass-catcher. The two figure to be in a heated competition for the final running back spot on the depth chart behind Swift, Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough.
Johnson isn't guaranteed a roster spot in advance of the 2020 season, Chris Burke of the Athletic reports.
Analysis: On the surface, Johnson's 4.3 yards per carry from 2019 seems respectable for a sixth-round rookie. Take out his 40-yard scamper from Week 17, though, and that number drops to 3.8, which seems much more representative of a player who seemingly struggled as a runner on a weekly basis. In fact, it's hard to say Johnson fared well as a receiving option either considering he averaged just 4.5 yards on his 24 receptions. Add it all up and Johnson may be dependent on an impressive showing in offseason workouts -- and Detroit not spending any premium capital on another running back this offseason -- to stick around behind Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough in 2020.
Johnson carried the ball three times for 65 yards in the team's Week 17 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: Johnson worked behind both Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough, but finished the contest as the Lions' leading rusher. The majority of his production came on 40-yard run that came with only 20 seconds remaining in the first half, ultimately setting up a field goal as time expired. Johnson spent a few weeks as the team's primary running back in the absence of Kerryon Johnson (knee), though he'll begin the 2020 season strictly as a backup with a healthier depth chart in front of him.
Johnson carried three times for 20 yards during Sunday's 27-17 loss to Denver.
Analysis: With Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough back from their respective injuries, Johnson remained on the active roster while last week's featured back, Wes Hills, was a healthy scratch. Johnson might get another handful of carries in Sunday's season finale against Green Bay, but he'll most certainly remain a distant third option in this backfield behind Johnson and Scarbrough.
Johnson rushed twice for three yards and caught four of five targets for 17 yards while fumbling once during Sunday's 38-17 loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Despite pre-game reports listing Johnson as the expected starter, it was actually Wes Hills -- who had been promoted from the practice squad Saturday -- who opened the game with the first-string offense. While Johnson still finished the game having logged more offensive snaps, Hills had five times as many carries and both of the Lions' rushing scores on the day. That works out to Hills getting the ball on over half of his snaps while Johnson got the rock on less than a quarter of his. While it's still more or less clear that Detroit is wanting to get Johnson some experience during his rookie year, the fact that two runners have now gone from the practice squad straight to the lead role -- bypassing Johnson in the process -- suggests the Lions aren't yet ready to hand Johnson the kind of workload that could make him a desirable fantasy asset.
The Lions announced Johnson as their starting running back for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson will apparently be on the field for the Lions' first offensive snap of the day, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he'll be in store to fill the lead role out of the backfield as Detroit looks to replace the injured Bo Scarbrough (ribs). As Justin Rogers of The Detroit News noted earlier Sunday, practice squad callup Wes Hills was spotted taking first-team reps during pregame warmups, and J.D. McKissic also lingers as another option out of the backfield. Most likely, coach Matt Patricia will take a hot-hand approach to the position, making it difficult to forecast which of the three backs will deliver the most fantasy value.
Johnson and J.D. McKissic are expected to headline the Lions' Week 15 backfield with Bo Scarbrough (ribs) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Scarbrough had operated as Detroit's lead option on the ground for the past four games, but his inactive status leaves Johnson, McKissic and practice squad callup Wes Hills as the lone healthy options at running back. Given Hills' lack of prior experience, Johnson and McKissic look like the best bets for touches and production out of the Detroit backfield, with coach Matt Patricia likely to ride the hot hand between the two. A rookie sixth-round pick, Johnson has disappointed in most of his opportunities to date, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry (on 55 totes) and 4.6 yards per reception (on 20 catches) while having yet to find the end zone.
Johnson carried the ball twice for three yards in the team's Week 14 loss to the Vikings. He also added one reception for seven yards.
Analysis: Johnson's role continued to shrink as he lacked involvement in both the passing and rushing game. Bo Scarbrough accounted for 19 of the team's 22 rushing attempts, causing Johnson to tally his lowest carry total since Week 1. Johnson's targets also shrunk, with J.D. McKissic drawing four targets out of the backfield. To make matters worse, Johnson will draw a stiff matchup against the Buccaneers in Week 15 against the Buccaneers.
Johnson rushed three times for 12 yards and caught all three of his targets for 17 yards during Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Bears.
Analysis: Johnson unsurprisingly remained firmly entrenched behind newly-established workhorse Bo Scarbrough, who was given the ball on 21 of the 36 snaps he was on the field. Compare that to Johnson's six touches on 25 snaps, and it's clear who Detroit wants to be carrying the load. While Johnson at least seems to have a bigger role than J.D. McKissic, the latter is adept in pass protection and has easily been the more explosive player when the ball is in his hands. With that said, Thursday's loss officially knocked the Lions out of playoff contention, and it's possible the fifth-round rookie could continue to get more work than McKissic down the stretch with Detroit's focus now on 2020 and beyond.
Johnson rushed four times for 11 yards and caught both of his targets for 10 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss to Washington.
Analysis: While it's worth noting that Johnson did handle 27 offensive snaps Sunday compared to 38 for Bo Scarbrough, it's also hard to ignore that the latter's ascendance is starting to make Johnson almost entirely irrelevant for fantasy purposes. Not only was Scarbrough much more effective with his touches while running for 98 yards on 18 carries, but Johnson is now averaging 3.4 yards per carry through his first 11 games as a pro and the Maryland product hasn't provided many reasons for an expanded role as the season winds down.
Johnson carried two times for six yards and caught his only target for no gain during Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: Johnson took a back seat to the newly-signed Bo Scarbrough in the run game and watched on as J.D. McKissic led the backfield in receptions. He did little with the opportunities he was given and seems to be losing traction as an option for Detroit. As such, Johnson seems unlikely to make a major impact next Sunday against the Redskins.
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