What in the heck do we do with this guy? Chubb is back, and D'Ernest doesn't profile as a Hunt replacement.
Oh, he'll definitely get a few carries to spell Chubb.....but Chubb is da man.
Shame to even ask after what he showed last week, but is he a definite hold? Benches are short, and he strikes me as a Dillon/Mattison-type player now. Great upside in the event of an injury to the entrenched starter....but not much more
Why doesn't he profile as a Hunt replacement during Hunt's absence?
- Hunt is averaging 5.2 ypc on 11.5 carries per game; Johnson averaged 6.6 ypc on 22 carries last week
- Hunt is averaging 8.1 ypr on 3.3 receptions per game; Johnson averaged 11.0 ypr on 2 receptions last week
- Johnson's game last week was against a top 5 defense (DEN) and with Keenum at QB, whereas Hunt's production this season was on average against weaker defenses and with Mayfield at QB
- Johnson had 64/792/11 receiving (12.4 ypr) in his last 3 college seasons; he is the all-time leader for South Florida in receptions and receiving yardage for a RB
- His NFL draft profile stated this as one of his strengths: "Reliable pass-catcher with just one drop to 64 catches over last three years"
- This article says: "He has good hands, secures the catch and turns upfield quickly. His open field abilities were on display as a returner as well, averaging 24.4 yards per kick return and 10.3 per punt over his career with the Bulls."
- Overall: Johnson 90.6 (#1) > Hunt 79.0 (#6)
- Running: Johnson 88.7 (#1) > Hunt 79.3 (#3)
- Receiving: Johnson 72.1 (#4) > Hunt 68.7 (#7)
- Pass blocking: Johnson 75.8 (#2) > Hunt 67.2 (#8)