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Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Date of Birth:  06/30/1997
Age:  24
Height  6'0"
Weight:   212
College:  Auburn
Drafted:  2018 | Round 2 | Pick 43
Depth Chart:  3rd string

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Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

The 49ers are signing Kerryon Johnson to the practice squad.

With Raheem Mostert (knee) now done for the season, the Niners are adding more backfield depth in the way of the former second-rounder Johnson. While San Francisco has a very deep running back group even with Mostert out, Johnson is someone to keep an eye on after landing in Kyle Shanahan's offense.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson cleared waivers.

Johnson was released from the Eagles' injured reserve with an injury settlement, and he's now free to sign with any team. Johnson was placed on IR because of a knee issue and was termed week-to-week, though, so he'll likely have to get healthy before he lands with another squad.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson went unclaimed on waivers.

This isn't surprising because Johnson is currently injured. He now reverts to the Eagles' injured reserve. When the fourth-year running back gets back to 100%, he'll likely either be activated from IR or will be released so that he can sign with another team. Johnson is currently pretty much off the radar in redraft leagues.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

The Eagles have waived/injured Kerryon Johnson.

Johnson is out a few weeks with a knee injury, but another team might claim him with Philadelphia making him available (remember, Miami put in a claim earlier this year). This news is unfortunate for a 24-year-old runner that has plenty of talent, as he just has been unable to stay healthy. The backfield for the Eagles could now be close to set with Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, and rookie Kenneth Gainwell.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) is week-to-week.

Johnson's knee issues throughout his career have been very unfortunate, and this obviously impacts his chances of winning a sizable role in the Eagles offense early this season. This might help veteran Jordan Howard, who had a solid first preseason game including an excellent rep in pass protection, secure a roster spot heading into the season.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

The Eagles have claimed Kerryon Johnson.

Johnson won't turn 24 until June and is a very talented player, so he will have a shot to carve out a significant role in Philly's offense. Especially considering his ability to pass protect and catch the ball, it wouldn't be at all surprising to see Kerryon become a significant thorn on the side of Miles Sanders' fantasy outlook—especially with Nick Sirianni likely wanting to rotate runners with Sanders, Johnson, Boston Scott, and rookie Kenneth Gainwell. There might have been better landing spots (potentially Miami), but this news is a boost to Johnson's redraft and dynasty outlook.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

The Lions are waiving Kerryon Johnson.

Johnson—a second-round pick in 2018—isn’t going to stick around with the new regime, but it would be a bit of a surprise if he goes unclaimed on waivers. Still just 23 (he turns 24 at the end of June), Johnson rushed 283 times for 1,225 yards (4.3 YPC) and eight touchdowns over three seasons with Detroit; a new landing spot should be good for his fantasy outlook after the Lions signed Jamaal Williams and drafted Jermar Jefferson. Miami comes to mind as an immediate potential landing spot, though multiple teams could try to claim Johnson.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson runs well in season finale.

Johnson, who drew the start, rushed 11 times for 53 yards and a touchdown, which came from one yard away in the second quarter to give the Lions a 14-0 lead over Green Bay. Detroit eventually lost on a last-second field goal, but it was good to see Kerryon see a heavier workload after missing most of the year with a knee injury. The talent is there for Johnson to reach RB1 status in 2020, but his injury history could make him a value in fantasy drafts.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

The Lions are activating Kerryon Johnson off injured reserve.

This was expected, and it will be made official shortly. A talent like Johnson is a definite boost to the Lions offense, but it's difficult to immediately trust the second-year running back in lineups with fantasy titles on the line. Consider Johnson a risky FLEX option for Week 16.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) has been designated to return from injured reserve.

Johnson has 21 days to be activated and can officially return in Week 16, so those in need of running back help should pick him up if possible—especially in leagues that play through Week 17. Detroit has shown a commitment to the run with Bo Scarbrough over the past few weeks, and Kerryon figures to slide right back into the starting lineup with a potential floor of 15 touches. The Auburn product should be in the RB2 ranks against Denver and Green Bay in the fantasy championship.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

The Lions are placing Kerryon Johnson (knee) on injured reserve.

Detroit didn't really provide much information on Johnson after going down on Sunday, so this is a bit of a surprise for the second-year back. Johnson can still return this season—and he likely will if the Lions are still in playoff contention when he's eligible to come off IR—but a knee procedure will knock him out for at least the next several weeks. If nothing else, back-to-back significant injuries to start his career could lead to Kerryon being significantly discounted in dynasty leagues. As for 2019, Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic will form a committee until Johnson's potential return, but there is also a chance Detroit makes a move at the position via trade or free agency.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) is considered week-to-week.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says that Johnson will miss "some time" with his knee issue suffered in yesterday's loss to the Vikings, and that the second-year running back will be considered week-to-week for now. Consider him out this Sunday against the Giants, but we'll update you if he's able to hit the practice field at all. This is a big blow to Detroit's offense and fantasy owners, and rookie Ty Johnson is set to be the next man up for the Lions. Ty Johnson will likely mostly split the backfield with J.D. McKissic, but it would be a surprise if the Lions don't bring in another running back with starting experience (perhaps Jay Ajayi or C.J. Anderson, who was with Detroit earlier this season).

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of today's game.

Johnson has been ruled out in the third quarter after missing most of the first half with his knee issue. Before leaving, Johnson had five carries for 23 yards. The second-year running back might be on the doubtful side of things for Week 8, but we'll rack his status throughout the week, and perhaps more information on the extent of his injury will be available in the next 24-48 hours.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) is officially questionable for return for the Lions.

Johnson is now wearing a brace on his knee, so it looks like his day might be done. We'll update you if the promising second-year back returns, but if his day is over it ends with five carries for 23 yards. Rookie Ty Johnson appears to be set for most of the backfield work with Kerryon out for Detroit.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson gets 26 carries against the Chiefs.

The Lions were in a tough battle with Kansas City (a 34-30 loss), and Johnson was a huge part of the gameplan on offense, getting 26 carries for 125 yards along with two receptions for 32 yards and a lost fumble. It could have been an even stronger performance for Johnson if not for a lost fumble at the goal line when Detroit was trying to punch it in. Despite the fumble, this was a promising outing for the second-year running back, as he ran effectively all game and alleviated concerns about Detroit's running game after it struggled through three weeks (despite this coming against a subpar Kansas City run defense). The Lions are treating Johnson as a workhorse after the release of C.J. Anderson, as he has touch totals of 21 and 28 in the last two games. The second-year running back has the potential to contribute more as a receiver, but fantasy owners must be happy with this workload. Johnson gets a bye this week then will resume being an excellent fantasy option in Week 6 against the Packers.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson gets heavy workload in Week 3.

The Lions were not very effective on the ground against the Eagles, but Johnson racked up 20 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for seven yards in Detroit's close victory. The numbers aren't pretty, but 20 carries in the first game without the recently-released C.J. Anderson is obviously a promising sign moving forward. Johnson's touchdown came at the goal line, and while the overall numbers and yards per carry weren't pretty, there was simply nowhere to run against the Eagles. There's some risk next week that Detroit goes away from the run game if they fall behind against Kansas City, but Kerryon should probably be locked in fantasy lineups every week.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson wants to be a workhorse running back.

The second-year running back says he worked as hard on his body as ever this offseason after his rookie year was cut short by a knee injury, and he said: "I'm healthy, that's all (head coach Matt Patricia) needs to know, he's going to give me the ball as many times as I can take it." Johnson then added that Patricia is "going to be smart about it" because he's a running back, but that they pay him to run the ball. Lions running backs coach Kyle Caskey says the team has not set a ceiling or floor on the number of carries Johnson can get. Overall, after Detroit released Theo Riddick, Johnson could be set for a big all-around workload as a rusher and receiver in his second NFL. Johnson's lone concern is C.J. Anderson potentially getting hot certain weeks, as the Lions are likely to ride the hot hand if the offense is rolling. The ADP of Johnson is going to continue to increase in the coming weeks.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

The Lions are going to use a running back by committee this season.

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website matter-of-factly wrote: "The Lions are still going to use a running-back-by-committee approach (this season)." Twentyman did also add that Johnson "is expected to be the lead back and get the most opportunities when healthy... he should get every opportunity to make plays in Darrell Bevell's running back-friendly offense." The second-year running back has workhorse potential, but it doesn't look like he'll get that opportunity this season. Still, he's a very talented player that might play so well that Detroit has no choice but to leave him on the field as much as possible without wearing him out. C.J. Anderson's presence is a slight concern for Johnson, but there's no question that Johnson will be the team's starting running back in 2019, and a run-heavy offense—paired with his talent—could afford him enough opportunities for a strong RB1 season.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson says the Lions hiring Darrell Bevell as the team's offensive coordinator is "good news" for him.

Of his new offensive coordinator, Johnson said, "we all know what he likes to do (run the ball). We know what he brings to the table. Obviously, that's the good news for me, but we're trying to be a complete team. We're trying to be a complete offense. We're trying to be complete players." That sounds like a Patriot-like answer, so that's a positive for Matt Patricia to have one of his stars settings the tone as he attempts to build Detroit into a program like the one in New England. Johnson also said that he didn't have an offseason to train like he should while he prepared for the Combine and the draft last year, but that this year he got bigger, stronger, and faster as he looks to play all 16 games for his team. Before a knee injury forced Johnson to miss the final six games of the season, he averaged 5.4 yards per carry (second-best in the NFL). It sounds like Johnson is expecting—and ready for—a heavy workload in a run-first offense in 2019. The lone notable concern for Johnson's fantasy value is the presence of veteran running back C.J. Anderson, but there's no question Johnson will be the top runner for the Lions this season.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

The Lions "do not intend to give [Kerryon Johnson] a feature-back role," according to ESPN's Matthew Berry.

This comes from the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, where Berry gathered intel from teams through press conferences and talking to them. Johnson was one of the best runners in the league as a rookie, rushing 118 times for 641 yards (5.4 YPC) and three touchdowns while also chipping in a 32/213/1 receiving line in ten games, so this would be an obvious disappointment for fantasy owners. That said, there isn't currently a back on the roster that's a legitimate threat to Johnson's touches, and the Auburn product will at least remain atop the depth chart for Detroit. We wouldn't recommended significantly lowering the stock of Johnson just yet, especially considering he won't turn 22 until the end of June. He's an ideal buy-low target for owners worried about this news.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) is being placed on injured reserve, according to multiple reports.

Now officially out of the playoff race, the Lions are playing it safe with their franchise running back, opting to shut him down for the final two games to ensure he's 100% ready to go for the offseason. The rookie had missed the last four games with his knee injury, so he will miss six games total this season. His impressive first NFL season ends with 118 carries for 641 yards and three touchdowns along with 32 receptions for 213 yards and one touchdown in ten games. His 5.4 yards per carry is currently second in the NFL. In Week 3, Johnson became Detroit's first 100-yard rusher since Thanksgiving of 2013, and the former SEC Offensive Player of the Year should lead the backfield for the next several years. Johnson should be at least an elite RB2 in 2019 fantasy drafts, and he might be a top-ten running back option on an offense that will hopefully improve.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) has officially been ruled out for Week 15.

Johnson again didn’t practice this week, and this will be the rookie running back’s fourth straight missed game. It’s hard to feel good about him getting back on the field until we see him on the practice field in at least a limited capacity. LeGarrette Blount and Zach Zenner will likely get most of the carries for the Lions this Sunday against the Bills., with Theo Riddick working as the primary receiving back.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) did not practice today.

Perhaps Johnson will return to the practice field tomorrow, but he seems likely to be ruled out for Week 15 when the final injury report is released tomorrow.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) remains out of practice.

It's only Wednesday, but this isn't a great start to the week for the rookie running back. Hopefully he can get on the practice field tomorrow or Friday, but his Week 15 status is looking doubtful to start the week.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 14.

This was fully expected. Johnson wasn’t able to practice today again, indicating his Week 15 status might not be looking good. The rookie running back remains week-to-week, but hopefully he can get back on the field soon.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) remains out of practice.

It doesn’t look like Johnson is going to play in Week 14. Hopefully things change, but he’ll likely be ruled out tomorrow.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) officially did not practice today.

It’s only Wednesday, but this isn’t a great start to the week for the rookie running back. Johnson is still considered week-to-week until he gets back on the practice field in at least a limited capacity.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) is officially out for Sunday.

This is Johnson’s second straight missed game, which was expected after he was declared week-to-week with his knee injury suffered in Week 11. The rookie running back should have a decent chance to return next Sunday against the Cardinals, but the Lions might opt to take things slow with him. LeGarrette Blount will get another start after he ran for two touchdowns on Thanksgiving, and he’s a solid FLEX option against a Rams defense giving up 5.2 yards per carry.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) officially did not practice today.

Johnson is unlikely to play in Week 13 against the Rams, but we'll see if he can get up to a questionable tag when the final injury report is released tomorrow.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) officially did not practice today.

The rookie running back is probably on the doubtful side of things for Week 13, especially considering the Lions don't have great odds of making the playoffs. However, if they are going to make the playoffs, they'll almost certainly have to win this Sunday against the Rams; so perhaps Johnson will make a push to play. At least a limited practice tomorrow would be a good sign.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Thanksgiving.

This isn't surprising considering Johnson just suffered his knee injury a few days ago, but it's unfortunate he won't be able to play his first Thanksgiving game tomorrow. The impressive rookie running back is considered week-t0-week, but he probably has a chance to return to the field in Week 13 against the Rams. LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will handle most of the backfield work for Detroit tomorrow against Chicago.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee sprain, according to multiple reports.

Johnson is considered week-to-week, which is a lot better than it could have been for the star rookie running back. Johnson is highly-unlikely to play on Thanksgiving against the Bears, but a return for Week 13 or the start of the fantasy playoffs (for most people) in Week 14 sounds like a possibility. While Johnson is out, LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will handle most of the backfield work for the Lions, but they're both just FLEX options. Johnson might be a smart trade-deadline target as a potential difference-maker when he returns from the injury.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (knee) will not return to today's game.

This probably isn't a great sign for the rookie running back, but hopefully he's not out for longer than the rest of today's game. Before leaving, Johnson had 15 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown along with two receptions for ten yards. The score was on a toss where he basically walked in for eight yards. More information on Johnson's status should become available in the next day or so.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson leaves game with apparent leg injury.

Johnson was getting looked at on the trainer's table on the sideline and now he's headed to the locker room. The talented second-round rookie is having another fantastic game, and hopefully he's able to get back on the field soon. It's being called a knee injury for Johnson, however, it's obviously unclear if this is a serious injury or not. We'll update you as more information becomes available.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson scores twice on 20 touches as Detroit falls to 3-6.

Johnson rushed 14 times for 51 yards and a touchdown, also adding six receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown while losing a fumble. The rookie was able to find the end zone on a one-yard run to end the first half, but the Lions couldn't really come close to overcoming their 26-0 deficit, and his second score came on a 13-yard reception on the team's final drive of the game. The yards per carry have dipped over the past three weeks as opponent's focus on stopping Johnson, but his individual talent and involvement as a receiver should keep him on the RB2 radar down the stretch. Detroit will look to bounce back in Week 11 against the Panthers.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (ankle) is officially active for Week 10.

Johnson was listed as questionable entering the weekend, but he was expected to play today against the Bears. In a tough matchup at potentially less than 100%, consider the rookie running back more of a FLEX option this week.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 10.

The rookie running back was a limited practice participant all week and is expected to play, but he's no lock heading into the weekend. The Lions play at 1:00 PM ET, so it'll be known by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday whether Johnson will play against the Bears.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson gets 15 touches against the Vikings.

Minnesota shut down Detroit's offense, so Johnson couldn't get much going on the ground or through the air against them. He carried 12 times for 37 yards and added three receptions for seven yards in the Week 9 loss. At the midway point of his rookie season, Johnson is on pace for 178 carries, 1,006 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 48 receptions, and 330 receiving yards. The impressive rookie running back could obviously push those totals up if the Lions hand him the ball more, though. His 5.7 yards per carry is fourth in the NFL.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson gets 14 touches against the Seahawks.

Johnson carried eight times for 22 yards and added six receptions for 69 yards in the Week 8 loss. The Lions went away from the running game in the loss, but Johnson more than doubled LeGarrette Blount's three rushing attempts in the game. And it was good to see Johnson so heavily involved as a receiver. The second-round rookie is a solid option in fantasy lineups next week against Minnesota.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson totals 179 yards in Week 7.

The Lions went with a run-heavy approach against the Dolphins, which led to career-highs in carries, touches, and yardage for the 2017 SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Johnson carried 19 times for 158 yards and added two receptions for 21 yards. The highlight of the game for Johnson was a 71-yard run in which he showed off his great speed and nearly took it to the house. LeGarrette Blount (50 yards, touchdown) had just ten carries compared to Johnson's 19, which was a good sign for the rookie, but the veteran again scored at the goal line. The opportunity to buy-low on Johnson is probably gone, but the matchup gets tougher next week against the Seahawks.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (ankle) did not return against the Packers.

The game was basically in-hand, so it's not a surprise that Johnson did not return, and his ankle injury is said to be minor. Before leaving, Johnson had 12 carries for 70 yards and added two receptions for 15 yards in the Week 5 win. The rookie again carried the ball better than LeGarrette Blount, but they again split work evenly, and Blount converted a couple of goal line opportunities. The bye week comes at the right time for Johnson, as he'll have time to get his ankle close to 100% for Week 7 against the Dolphins.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson (ankle) is questionable to return against the Packers.

It doesn't appear to be anything serious for Johnson, but we'll update you as more information becomes available. The Lions are up by two possessions late in the fourth quarter, so there's a chance Johnson might not need to return to the game if he's not 100%.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Matt Patricia indicates that Kerryon Johnson's workload will not increase moving forward.

When asked about the second-round rookie running back's role on offense, Patricia said "I think we have a lot of really good running backs, and I think we try to use them appropriately. I think Kerryon played a significant amount of the game. He played 20 snaps at 55 (yards), that's a good amount... there were quite a few reps in there for Kerryon." Patricia went on to say that running backs tend to slow down if they get too many touches over the course of a season and that "the wear and tear of that position is pretty extreme." While Johnson is outperforming his teammates in the backfield through four games, don't expect him to take over as a clear workhorse anytime soon if you take Patricia at his word.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson scores against the Cowboys.

Despite Johnson's 100-yard effort last Sunday night against the Patriots, the Lions continues to split backfield work pretty evenly among him, LeGarrette Blount, and Theo Riddick. The rookie again performed the best of the group, carrying nine times for 55 yards and a touchdown; he also caught one pass for one yard. On the score, Johnson lowered his shoulder and showed his power by getting into the end zone, and he also had a 32-yard run in the Week 4 loss. At some point, Detroit is going to have to commit to Johnson getting the ball more than he is now, as he's an exceptional weapon on offense. Through four games, the rookie running back is on pace for 152 carries, 864 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, 44 receptions, and 112 receiving yards.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson becomes Lions' first 100-yard rusher since Thanksgiving 2013.

The rookie running back split work evenly with veteran LeGarrette Blount, as they both received 16 carries and two receptions in the win over New England, but Johnson outperformed Blount on the ground, showing his smoothness and vision throughout the night. Johnson gained 101 yards on his 16 carries and added nine yards on his two receptions. The second-rounder is just incredibly smooth out there, and he has a knack for picking up positive yardage. Johnson broke the five-year streak, and he should have many more 100-yard rushing performances throughout his career. It was cool to see his teammates congratulate and celebrate Johnson breaking the streak. He'll look to keep it going next week against the Cowboys and is in the FLEX conversation.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson handles 13 touches in loss to the 49ers.

Johnson rushed eight times for 43 yards and added five receptions for 23 yards in the 30-27 defeat. Even with Theo Riddick catching nine passes, it was good to see the rookie involved as a receiver, and we would think that his weekly role is only going to grow as the season progresses. Now might be a good time to buy-low on Johnson, as he could be showcased in front of a national audience against New England on Sunday night. Consider him a FLEX option in that matchup.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson gets eight touches in NFL debut.

Johnson worked as part of a committee backfield for the Lions, carrying five times for 17 rushing yards while adding three receptions (on three targets) for 20 receiving yards. The second-round rookie running back looked very smooth with the ball in his hands, and he has a knack for moving forward and picking up positive yardage. For now, just keep Johnson on your roster with the hopes of him eventually seizing a near-workhorse role as a rookie.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

Kerryon Johnson might return kicks this season.

The Lions did kick return drills during today's minicamp training session, and the second-round rookie running back was among those in the group. Johnson returned kicks during his first two seasons at Auburn, so he has experience and comfort with it. Johnson's versatility should only help him get on the field during his rookie season.

Kerryon Johnson | 49ers RB

The Detroit Lions have selected Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson with the No. 43 pick (second round) in the 2018 NFL Draft.

GM Bob Quinn, head coach Matt Patricia, and the Lions made a deal with their old friends in New England, trading up from No. 51 to get in a position to draft Johnson. As a junior at Auburn, Johnson was very productive in the SEC, rushing for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns while adding another 194 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Johnson profiles similarly to Le'Veon Bell in terms of running style, as he takes a patient approach that not many guys are able to pull off; and size wise, he looks similar to David Johnson. We really like Johnson's ability and potential, but he is on a team with a crowded running back group that includes LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and Ameer Abdullah, so he might not be a big-time fantasy producer as a rookie.

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