Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. He remained sidelined all week and still has no timetable for return. LeGarrette Blount will continue operating as Detroit’s lead ball-carrier, with Theo Riddick handling pass-catching duties.
Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. Don't expect him back for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. With Johnson out the past 2 weeks, LeGarrette Blount has carried 35 times and seen 2 targets. Theo Riddick has tallied 10 carries and 11 targets.
Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Rams. We’ll see if the rookie can get back for Week 14. LeGarrette Blount will serve as Detroit’s lead ball-carrier for as long as this game stays close. He’s a risk/reward RB3 or flex play in non-PPR leagues.
Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) remained sidelined on Thursday. He's not going to play against the Rams this weekend, leaving the backfield to LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick.
Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. It's not a good start for his chances of returning for this weekend's game vs. the Rams. Look for LeGarrette Blount to again serve as the lead ball-carrier in that one, with Theo Riddick dominating passing-game work.
Lions RB Ameer Abullah is inactive for tonight's opener against the Jets. After a preseason that found him in the 1st-team mix, this indicates that Abdullah's depth-chart standing has not improved despite a new coaching staff. With no special-teams role, we're left wondering why Detroit bothers keeping the now-veteran back on the 53-man roster. His deactivation can only help rookie Kerryon Johnson's touch count.
Lions RB LeGarrette Blount left Sunday's practice early with an undisclosed injury, according to multiple reports. We obviously can't react to this much until we get some details. Blount did, at least, head to the locker room under his own power, according to the Detroit Free Press. Any significant injury for Blount would significantly boost rookie RB Kerryon Johnson's fantasy outlook.
Update: Blount returned to practice Monday. No reason to worry here.
The Lions selected Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson with the 43rd overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Derrius Guice’s slide continues. Johnson was a workhorse for the Tigers last year, carrying 285 times for 1,391 yards and 18 TDs. He caught 24 balls for 194 yards and 2 more scores. Johnson left school with a mediocre 4.8 yards-per-carry average and didn’t overly impress us on film. But he can obviously carry the mail and lands in a solid spot in Detroit. LeGarrette Blount is a 31-year-old on a 1-year deal, Theo Riddick is a pure pass-catcher and Ameer Abdullah has clearly fallen out of favor. Johnson is the odds-on favorite to lead the 2018 backfield in carries, although Riddick limits his pass-catching upside.
The Lions have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB LeGarrette Blount, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Blount will reportedly make $4.5 million, which is $2 million more than he got from the Eagles last year -- coming off an 18-TD season with the Patriots. Blount figures to join a backfield committee that retains Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah. With Riddick the primary pass-catcher, it's tough to find a significant role for Abdullah. Blount's OK in the Round 9 area of best-ball drafts right now.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson told reporters Monday that he doesn't plan to have 1 featured RB for the season and will work out the backfield rotation by week. That's never good news for fantasy football owners, but it's not a surprise. RB Wendell Smallwood split work -- 4 carries apiece -- with LeGarrette Blount in Smallwood's lone preseason appearance. Darren Sproles didn't log a single preseason touch but obviously remains in the 2017 plans. Rookies Donnel Pumphrey and Corey Clement made the initial 53-man roster but aren't likely to garner big gameday roles early in the season. Overall, this is not a backfield to invest much fantasy capital in. Sproles and Smallwood in the later rounds of drafts are the best shots to take right now. We'll see where the situation goes.
Eagles RBs LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood shared 1st-team reps in Thursday night's preseason game. Smallwood played 11 snaps in 4 series with QB Carson Wentz; Blount played 8. Smallwood carried 4 times for 28 yards, while Blount took his 3 totes for 18 yards. Both guys looked good, but the workload split could make this backfield a fantasy headache. Remember, too, that Darren Sproles will get some carries and dominate passing-down work. (He's been held out of preseason action.)
NJ.com's Matt Lombardo writes, "it wouldn't be surprising" if Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount was cut before the start of the season. Lombardo points out Blount's slow start to the preseason (9 carries for 17 yards) and poor fit in HC Doug Pederson's offense as reasons he might be on the chopping block. It's certainly more of an opinion than a fact -- but notable nonetheless. Blount hasn't had much success outside of New England and is now 30. He's not very appealing even at his late-8th-round ADP.
Eagles insider Jimmy Kempski insinuates that RB Wendell Smallwood's roster spot could be in jeopardy. He's currently 4th on the depth chart behind LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey, according to Kempski, and could be passed by Corey Clement. Smallwood was 5th-round pick a year ago and averaged a decent 4.1 yards per carry on 77 rookie-year totes. But the Eagles' additions to the backfield this offseason were a sign that they weren't overly impressed. Smallwood obviously isn't rosterable in redraft leagues.
The Eagles have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB LeGarrette Blount, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Blount toiled on the free-agent market for a while, despite coming off a season that saw him score a whopping 18 TDs. That, of course, was largely fueled by a high-octane Patriots offense. Blount also averaged just 3.9 yards per carry last year and turned 30 this past December. Still, he immediately becomes the best between-the-tackles runner in Philadelphia. And there should be plenty of scoring opportunities on a talented offense. This is a nice landing spot.
The Patriots this week applied a May 9 tender to RB LeGarrette Blount. It's a rarely used tool that doesn't keep Blount from signing with another team or mean that a signing team would have to send a draft pick to New England. Instead, signing Blount would work against his new team's compensatory-pick formula for 2018 and help that of the Patriots. For our purposes, it means that Blount could sign the tender at any stage and further crowd an already unwieldy New England backfield. Also, the tender means that Blount can only play for the Pats this season if he doesn't sign elsewhere by July 22. Count this as another interesting Patriots situation to watch.
The forecast for today's Jets-Patriots game calls for a 95% chance of rain with winds around 10 mph. That wind isn't a major concern, but it looks like this will be a sloppy game. We still don't expect the Pats to have any trouble when they take to the air, but the weather could push them further toward the run if (when?) they get out to a big lead.
Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett (thumb) will get the start today against the Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) will be inactive. Brissett attempted just 19 passes in last week's win over the Texans. The Pats would probably like him at a similar number today. There's some rushing upside here, but Brissett is just a low-end QB2. Expect a heavy dose of RB LeGarrette Blount.
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