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Ty Johnson's Absurd Workout Should Have Lions Fans Hyped

Jason Schandl
Ty Johnson's crazy offseason workouts should have Lions fans hyped about the young running back.
Ty Johnson's crazy offseason workouts should have Lions fans hyped about the young running back. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images
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The Detroit Lions are clearly trying to shore up the running back position. Even though 2018 second-round pick Kerryon Johnson should be healthy and back in the fold this year, the team invested the No. 35 overall pick in Georgia's D'Andre Swift.

Ty Johnson isn't letting that get him down though, and he seems to be using the competition as motivation in his offseason workouts — which are looking incredibly impressive.

Johnson got some opportunities in the banged-up Lions backfield during his 2019 rookie season, and he did show some flashes of promise. His 4.3 yards per rush attempt were the most among any of the three Detroit RBs with 50-plus carries on the year, and he also caught 77.4 percent of the targets that wen his way (No. 2 among the six Lions players that had 30-plus targets).

Johnson was a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, so he's no stranger to grinding through an uphill battle to make an impact. And even if he doesn't get much work on offense, he can also still make an impact on special teams, after playing 25 percent of the team's special teams snaps in his rookie year as well.

The addition of Swift only seems to have made him hungrier, and that's exactly the kind of attitude a rebuilding team needs in the locker room.


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