Kerryon Johnson is one of the top choices to breakout in 2019 and return tangible, if not significant, profit on investment.
The Lions are going to employ a run-heavy offense with Darrell Bevell tasked with building and leading the offense. Since 2009, Bevell has orchestrated five top 10 offenses. In four of those five instances, Bevell’s unit ran more than it passed. The Lions are fresh off four mostly mediocre seasons under former offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. It stands to reason the Lions replaced Cooter to try a different offensive direction.
The Lions hired defensive-minded head coach Matt Patricia leading into the 2018 season. They have since emphasized the construction of a team that will rely heavily on defense and a stout rushing attack.
Word around the organization is that Johnson won’t have a limit on his touches. I take proclamations such as these with a grain of salt, but Bevell’s track record lends credence to that sentiment. And even though Bevell doesn’t have the most glowing history of incorporating backs into the pass game, the release of Theo Riddick puts Johnson in line to handle the business side of the running back targets
It’s necessary to account for the 17-22 percent carry share quarterback Russell Wilson handled under Bevell from 2012-17 when forecasting the Lions’ potential workload outcomes. That’s upward of 100 plays that will be redistributed. Matthew Stafford won’t be running to any similar degree, so I’m expecting Johnson to assume his share of those touches, whether on the ground or through the air.
CWi Final Word: Kerryon Johnson
I wouldn’t be surprised if Kerryon Johnson’s per-game average extrapolated to 300 total touches on the season, making him a criminally undervalued asset and overwhelming choice to return profit in 2019.
CWi: 21 | Y! ADP: 44.2 | FFC: 31.2