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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn put an emphasis on improving the team’s offense in this year’s past draft. First Quinn took Frank Ragnow out of Arkansas (center) and then the Lions scooped up the reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Year in Kerryon Johnson (running back). Together those two players are going to inject a little explosiveness in Detroit’s offensive attack. Johnson in particular has been very impressive during his work outs in Allen Park. When you watch Johnson run there’s definitely a little bit of Le’Veon Bell’s running style in the rookie’s game. Just like Bell Johnson runs upright and seems to be a little bit high while carrying the football. However Kerry Johnson is very smooth and it’s hard to get a clean hit on him. Expect to see a patient running back who can jump cut and reverse the field when you watch the Lions play. It’s not just his running abilities either, Johnson is a complete tailback. He can block and has showed good instincts when it comes to picking up the blitz. Johnson also does a great job of catching the ball out of the backfield so there’s many facets and layers to the former Auburn ball carrier. It seems like Johnson will beat out LeGarrette Blount for the starting running back job in the Motor City. Blount will still get touches down by the goal line but Kerryon Johnson has really asserted himself throughout these early practices. Detroit could be a team that surprises people because we all know Matthew Stafford can get it done through the air. Now the Lions have a ground presence which can at least be competitive. When you also factor in the offensive line is looking really good too it appears this rushing attack might be more than just competitive though. Bob Quinn completely overhauled that area of this ball club and now they are a force to be reckoned with. Kerry Johnson and some tough blocking upfront are two of the biggest reasons why.
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Kerryon Johnson is showing he’s the total package. There’s a reason he was the SEC Player of the Year.