Throughout the season, the Rookie Report Card has covered some of the biggest rookies and not only looked at their performance to date – but also their long term upside. Now that the regular season has wrapped up and fantasy owners are looking towards the future, we have an opportunity to take one last look at the 2016 season and assess the rookies – A final report card if you will.
We covered 34 rookies throughout the season, including 13 running backs. We have covered eight rookie tailbacks already. Let’s look at the rest of them by taking one more look at their first season, as well as a quick glimpse into their futures.
Kerryon Johnson, RB DET
Season Stats: 118 carries, 641 yards, three touchdowns, 32 receptions, 213 receiving yards, one touchdown reception
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Johnson was a player I wasn’t sold on during draft season due to his eager running style which I saw at times to be a lack of patience to let rushing lanes develop. Although he showed explosiveness, his questionable decision making at times when choosing running alleys made me leery that his game may not translate smoothly to Detroit.
That appears to have been a mistake on my part.
Johnson was explosive and decisive in his ten games as the primary runner and offensive weapon for the Lions. He ran downhill between the tackles, showed good long speed on the perimeter and displayed good hands and run after catch ability in the passing game.
Although he missed the end of the year with a knee injury, there are no indications Johnson wouldn’t be ready to return to his role as the best player on the Lions’ offense and dynasty owners have taken notice. Currently the RB13 in DLF’s most recent ADP, he’s already valued as a fringe RB1 and it wouldn’t be surprising to see that grow a few spots over the off-season.
Ronald Jones, RB TB
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