Knee injuries hit 23-year-old Johnson during his first two years in Detroit. Johnson has had some notable healthy moments, however. Facing the Patriots in Sunday Night Football in Week 3 of his rookie season, Johnson became the first Lions player since 2013 to run over 100 yards. Four weeks later, he ran 158 yards against the Dolphins while becoming the second youngest player in franchise history (Barry Sanders being the youngest) to run over 150 yards in a game. In Week 4 of the 2019 season, Johnson rushed for 125 yards against future Super Bowl champions, Chiefs.
As he played all 16 games in 2020, Johnson set career lows in starts (two), carries (52), yards (181) and touchdowns. He played behind veteran Adrian Peterson and 2020 rookie D’Andre Swift. With Peterson gone, Swift is expected to be the Lions’ full-time running back for 2021 and beyond.
One team that might be interested in signing Johnson is Miami after the Dolphins died selecting one of the top-ranked running backs in the draft. Despite producing Myles Gaskin as a rookie, the Dolphins only finished 22nd in the NFL in race last season.