Packers Roster Workout Invites Former Lions 2nd-Round RB
With star running back Aaron Jones on the mend, the Green Bay Packers are considering enlisting the help of an explosive former second-round pick.
The Packers hosted former Detroit Lions starter Kerryon Johnson for a free-agent workout on Tuesday, November 16, the same day they signed another rusher, Kerrith Whyte Jr., according to the NFL transaction wire.
— as a member of their practice squad.
Johnson is most likely a candidate for a similar position, albeit one with a lot more experience.
Following Jones’ knee injury in Week 10’s win over Seattle, the Packers expect to be without him for the next few weeks, handing the starting job to 2020 second-round pick AJ Dillon.
After getting his first two NFL carries against the Seahawks last weekend and missing the entire rookie season due to a foot injury, second-year Patrick Taylor will serve as a backup.
At the same time, it’s unlikely that the Packers won’t add at least one more running back to their active roster before their Week 11 road game against the Minnesota Vikings.
As standard game-day elevations, Ryquell Anderson or Whyte appear to be good options, but if Johnson is signed to the practice squad, they may face competition.
If the Packers decide to sign Johnson, they’ll need to make room on their 53-man roster or 16-man practice squad.
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In Detroit, Johnson fizzled out.
Johnson was ranked first.
He was the Lions’ leading rusher in both 2018 and 2019, rushing for 1,044 yards and six touchdowns in his first two seasons with the team.
Unfortunately, he missed six games as a rookie due to a knee injury and another eight in his second year due to a knee issue, making him difficult to rely on in terms of availability.
Johnson had been demoted to third-stringer behind second-round rookie D’Andre Swift and veteran Adrian Peterson by the Lions by 2020.
When they signed free agent Jamaal Williams and drafted Oregon State standout Jermar Jefferson during the 2021 offseason, he became expendable…
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