Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions coach, talks to the media on Thursday, 13 June 2019, in Allen Park.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Nine NFL runners had at least 60 receptions last season, and I'm going to go out and say that Kerryon Johnson will be part of this group.
Johnson made the highlight of the play Detroit The Lions organized team activity activity during the spring Thursday when he caught a long pass down the line of your landing.
The capture by Johnson was not flying in the sense of Odell Beckham Jr., but he was notable for several reasons. First, and I didn't see where Johnson first started playing, but he had 3 or 5 yards on the nearest defender as he stripped down the line.
Secondly, Matthew Stafford canceled the pass, so Johnson had to cut his shortcut to take a jump next to the target line as Tavon Wilson closed from behind.
Lions going back Kerryon Johnson goes through drills during minicamp on Tuesday June 4, 2019, in Allen Park. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)
There was no easy access to any player, not to mention his back, but Johnson was simply looking at the last zone and one that I thought of the ways in which the Lions can do their No. running back this fall.
Later in practice, Johnson caught another pass made by my notes, a simple check in a red drill zone when he gave a hug on the sideline before he went off.
Theo used Riddick Lions as the principal who was getting the last seasons, and that is the role best suited to him, assuming he does the team.
But I'm not sure that Riddick is green for the 53-man roster – I think it would be a good trade bait – and if the Lions decide to go in another direction, they don't have to take Johnson out of the field on the third.
Johnson took 32 passes in 10 games as a rookie last year and I could see him doubling that production, and the opportunity for him.
Lions coach Matt Patricia talks to Kerryon Johnson back after minicamp on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Allen Park. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)
He is a sliding runner and seems to always get a positive rod on the ground, and has better hands as a receiver than most gave credit for coming out of college.
I still don't see that Johnson is much more than a 20-touch-game player this fall as the Lions wants to preserve his health. C.J Anderson, Zach Zenner, Riddick and Rookie Ty Johnson have the chance to earn everyone in a reserve capacity.
But when a play needs the Lions in their offense two minutes or when the game is on the late line, there is no reason that Johnson should not be on the field.
More comments from Thursday:
• Riddick and Anderson were not present in a practice similar to the last day of the school and players preparing to go home in the summer. Damon Harrison and Darius Slay remain of the team, of course, and a few players sat staff nursing injuries (and in some cases) including Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay, Tommylee Lewis, Chris Lacy, Trey Flowers, Steve Longa and Nick Bawden. .
Marvin Jones, receiver of the cans, has achieved victory during the second half against the Patriots on September 23, 2018 at Ford Field. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)
• I don't know what he deals with, but add Christian Jones to the group of Lions caring for health issues. He wasn't practicing on Thursday, but he put his head out of the practice soon and his right foot was sleeve. Le Jones discovered, rookie Jahlani Tavai took the first team at linebacker side with Jarrad Davis and Devon Kennard.
• After making connections in mandatory minicamp last week, the Lions had a projected line starting on Thursday. This meant that Frank Ragnow played the venue, the right guard of Glasgow Glasgow and left Kenny Wiggins guard with the first unit. Luke Bowanko, who signed as a free agent earlier this week, took representatives from the second team in the center, with Joe Dahl on the left and Oday Aboushi at a proper guard.
• Capture Johnson aside, tight end Thursday's play was played by Logan Thomas when he grab a high jump over Tracy Walker in the back of the final zone. The Lions have a tone of magnitude in their final tight room this year, with Thomas (6 feet 6), Jesse James (6-7) and T.J. Hockenson (6-5) looks like a small-college basketball team. Expect Stafford to use it in the red zone in this fall.
Matthew Stafford prepares the fourth fifth lion from Frank Ragnow's offensive hurdle during the practice on Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Allen Park. (Photo: Raj Mehta USA TODAY Sports) t
• Stafford also took a pass on Thursday, when his throws on his face were scrapped at the scouring line. I did not see the defensive player who got his hand on the ball, but blew the whistle well before Stafford could go up and run up.
• Stafford spent some treating Marvin Jones and Golladay, although neither of the two best receivers in the Lions were running routes. The three, plus quarterbacks wore Tom Savage and David Fales and the receiver Jermaine Kearse, some mostly fade routes and special drills were being carried out by most of the team.
• Twice during Thursday practice, Jeff Davidson's aggressive line coach gathered his group in front of one of the two major Lions screens on his practice area to view the previous period. Matt Patricia has discussed the educational value of these boards on the pitch and we saw him working on Thursday.
• In your daily update Teez Tabor: There was another interception at the corner of the third year while working with the defense first-Thursday and lowering a pound as a gunner near the 5 yard line (when he caught the pound in a country before he went ). Overall, he had a positive spring after two rough seasons in Detroit.
• Matt Prater's Kicker has concerns about the smallest concerns of the lenses because of how reliable he was during his career. I still got a kick – I mean – from one of their Thursday field goals. Practicing on thin white poles of the lions, which are about half as wide as regular goalposts, he put a kick off the right straight, then the left straight, before he sailed through. Give him a hundred chances and I'm not sure he could do it again.
• That's for opinions for spring. The Lions will start a training camp somewhere around 25 July, and I will have more views there.
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