Full disclosure: I am fully in love with Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson. He swooned me utterly and completely on Sunday night. You can hear it in my voice during this week’s PODcast. You can read between the lines in my article from earlier in the week Womens Devon Kennard Jersey
, declaring his performance against the New England Patriots even better than you probably think it was. But I am far from alone in that thinking, and the more you dig into Johnson and his performance thus far in the NFL, the more impressive it gets. Football Outsiders has a weekly column called “Quick Reads” in which they rank the performances of the skill position players by their value. They use a metric called DYAR, or defense-adjusted yards above replacement. DYAR is a stat “which compares the performance of each player, in terms of DVOA, to a replacement-level baseline rather than the league average for that position, then translates that total into yardage.” (learn more here.)Among all Week 3 running backs, only Adrian Peterson (19 runs, 120 yards, 2 TDs) and Christian McCaffrey (28 rushes, 184 yards) were more valuable to their team than Kerryon Johnson per Football Outsiders.“He had six first downs on the ground, with four runs of 10 yards or more. He was hit for no gain just once Authentic Marvin Jones Jr Jersey
, and that came with Detroit up by 13 points in the fourth quarter,” Vincent Verhei wrote.The value of his positive rushes we already knew about, but Verhei brings up a good point about his lack of negative plays. Last year, the Lions offense was seriously limited by sacks, and negative rushing plays that set the team back in down and distance. Johnson not only had no negative carries on Sunday, but he only had one that was stopped at the line of scrimmage. As a result, the Lions faced a lot of third-and-mediums and third-and-shorts against the Patriots.I know what you’re thinking. “Sure, Jeremy, we know that Johnson was good, but where’s the love for the offensive line?”I hear you, and you’re right. Johnson’s performance never happens without the men up front making holes like this:But LeGarrette Blount ran behind that same offensive line against the same Patriots defensive line and only managed 3.0 yards per carry. Johnson’s night was special, and that’s further evident after looking at this stat from ESPN’s “NFL Matchup”:Johnson isn’t just taking advantage of a good offensive line http://www.detroitlionsteamonline.com/nevin-lawson-jersey
, he’s creating his own yardage, and that combination should scare the living crap out of opposing defenses.Lions vs. Buccaneers 2018: 5 Lions players that need to impress Friday night For many Detroit Lions starters, Friday night will be their last chance to shake off the rust and convince their coaches that they need to be an integral piece of the puzzle this year. For non-starters, it may not be their final chance, but it’s a huge opportunity to showcase their talent. A handful of players have stuck out through the Lions’ first couple of exhibitions games, but if the Lions are going to excel in 2018, they’re going to need better efforts from a lot more players. So here are five players that really need to impress against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday night.A’Shawn RobinsonSince the beginning of training camp, Robinson has seen his status as clear starter stolen from veteran Ricky Jean Francois, and things reached an all-time low when Robinson was playing into the fourth quarter of last week’s preseason game. Head coach Matt Patricia downplayed this fact in a press conference this week.“Just mixing him through. Kind of rolling all those guys through there and trying to see what are the different combinations,” Patricia said. “I think he’s definitely a guy that’s a young guy still in this league, so trying to get as many snaps as possible.”Twist it anyway that you want, but for a guy that played a similar scheme in Alabama and is entering his third year in the league Womens Christian Jones Jersey
, he’s behind where he should be. The former second-round pick needs a good performance to convince the coaches he’s on the right track.Jarrad DavisFor the second week in a row Davis lands on his list. His last preseason game started out just as good as you could expect, tallying tackles on the first three defensive plays, including two run stuffs. But his night was overshadowed by a play he called “boneheaded.” He was juked out of his jock by a Giants running back, leading to an easy pitch and catch for New York. Davis’ coverage skills have always been criticized and the complaints have never been louder. A pass defended or two would go a long ways to improving his reputation.Taylor DeckerThere is little concern about the Lions’ franchise tackle and his long-term fit in Detroit, but last week was one of the worst performances we’ve seen out of the third-year offensive lineman. Decker needs to prove that he has shaken off his injury-hampered season last year and has the confidence to return to the level he played in his impressive rookie year. Neutralizing the likes of Jason Pierre-Paul would be a nice bounceback and confidence booster for the (just-turned) 25-year-old. Freddie BishopThe 28-year-old Lions linebacker was just starting to turn heads in the Lions media when Detroit went out and traded for 49ers linebacker Eli Harold. Now, Bishop’s roster spot is in even more jeopardy with the addition, but he has a couple of advantages in his corner.It seems highly unlikely the Lions will play Harold on Friday night, so before he enters the mix, Bishop will get an opportunity to put more tape out there, and show his comfort in Patricia’s defense—where Harold has no direct experience. The Lions didn’t put a lot of resources into getting Harold, so he is by no means guaranteed to make the roster. Bishop can make the Lions’ decision a lot more difficult with a good performance vs. the Buccaneers.Matt PatriciaOkay, he’s not a player Authentic Jarrad Davis Jersey
, but this will really be the first opportunity for Patricia to show why the Lions selected him as their new coach. Patricia has been billed as a master schemer and game-planner. Considering the Lions’ have a somewhat weak defensive roster, Patricia is expected to beat opposing offenses with superior game-planning and utilizing his players to the best of their abilities.This will be the first week the Lions show any sort of game-planning, as is tradition in the dress rehearsal third preseason game.“We really have to go off film. We really have to study what they do, see if there’s anything that we can pick up that will give us an advantage in the game,” Patricia said this week. “So, it’s more of a regular season mindset at that point.”If Patricia and company really give the Lions that advantage, we should see at least a glimpse of it Friday night.