Kerryon, my wayward son

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

No, I don’t have a thing for the band Kansas, but it was too good to pass up.

Anytime the Lions have played on national television we’ve all been treated to the facts about how long it’s been since Detroit has had a 100-yard rusher.

Despite the Lions run game woes, most fans (and by most fans, I mean me!) didn’t think that drafting running back Saquon Barkley was going to be IT.  This was a new era for Lions football, and I wanted it to get started on the right foot, not tied down to a rookie running back and having to give up the farm to get him.  I felt that drafting defense in the first round in the 2018 draft was going to be the way to go.

Needless to say, I and other Lions fans were pretty surprised when Commissioner Roger Goodell called out Frank Ragnow, Center, University of Arkansas.  As I was digesting that, I was thinking to myself, “I mean, yeah, you gotta build in the trenches.  But I’d rather build on the other side.  But oh well…In [GM Bob] Quinn I trust, right?”

Day 2 came around, and there was a running back drafted by the name of Kerryon Johnson out of Auburn.   Again, as I was processing this, I was reminding myself of the last running back that the Lions took in the 2nd round was Ameer Abdullah.  **chills**  Oh well, I thought again, In Quinn I trust.  I mean, he gets paid the big bucks to make these decisions, right?

Fast forward to about 4 months and some change after the draft. I swear Quinn had a crystal ball.  It’s the only way he could have known.  Either that or he really is the right guy for the job.

Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson has been a sensation.  So far this season he has rushed for a total of 444 yards, and 101 of those yards came against the New England Patriots in week 3. Another 158 came this past week against the Miami Dolphins.

He’s been explosive and able to break out for big runs.  This is something that Lions fans have been waiting to see pretty much since Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders played.  He’s one of the top 10 rushers in the league so far, and 2nd among rookie running backs.  He’s just under 40 yards behind Barkley.  I’ll take that.

Detroit’s offense is starting to become more balanced, which is a beautiful thing to see.  As the season progresses, it’ll be fun to watch the running game continue to improve.  I, for one, am excited!  But, I guess I just gotta “Keep Calm and Kerryon”.


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