This article is part of our Job Battles series.Running Backs
Kerryon Johnson vs. LeGarrette Blount vs. Theo Riddick, DET
We knew that Blount was a problematic obstacle for Johnson to break out to his full fantasy potential, and the absence of Riddick (knee) over the last two weeks has highlighted a separate avenue through which Johnson might be able to boost his fantasy value. The Lions headed into this year with Blount anointed in the running game as Riddick was in the passing game, which is to say, a substantial role in the respective functions even though neither veteran runner could match Johnson in either function.
Johnson demonstrated substantial progress on the Blount front in Sunday's loss against Seattle, securing eight carries to Blount's three in the otherwise sluggish loss for the Lions. The more interesting development might be the fact that Johnson turned eight targets into six catches for 69 yards, giving reason to wonder if the rookie might soon force the same issue with Riddi
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