RB - JAC
Week 3 Outlook
In a game where the Jacksonville Jaguars were outmatched by the Kansas City Chiefs, D'Ernest Johnson's performance was a mere drop in the ocean.
The 27-year-old running back managed a total of 17 yards from scrimmage, with 8 yards coming from a single carry and 9 yards from his lone reception. Despite the limited opportunities, Johnson showed some spark, especially on his 8-yard rush in the second quarter. However, his fantasy managers were left wanting more as he failed to find the end zone and finished the game with a paltry point total. Looking ahead, Johnson and the Jags will face the Houston Texans in Week 3, where he'll look to make a bigger impact.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, RB D'Ernest Johnson and the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed on a one-year deal for the 2023 season.
Johnson came onto the scene in his third season when he started two games for the Browns and had 671 scrimmage yards with three scores in 2021. He gives the Jaguars depth alongside RBs JaMycal Hasty and Snoop Conner and rotational play behind RB Travis Etienne. Johnson averaged over 5 yards per carry across his four seasons in Cleveland.
According to ESPN's Jake Trotter, RB D'Ernest Johnson will be active for the Cleveland Browns tonight against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Johnson will be operating as the team's backup RB behind the duo of RBs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Johnson showed his abilities last season when he came in in relief. He could see some limited action tonight in what could be a run-heavy gameplan for Cleveland.
Cleveland Browns RB D'Ernest Johnson is inactive for Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers.
Johnson is a healthy scratch for Week 1, leaving Jerome Ford as third on the depth chart behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. There is speculation that Johnson is on the trading block and could gain fantasy value depending on where he lands. Right now, he is a stash in deep leagues only.
D'Ernest Johnson carried the ball seven times for 29 yards in a 21-20 preseason loss to the Bears on Saturday. He also lost three yards on a single reception.
Johnson got the start with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt both not suiting up. Johnson will open the season as the No. 3 running back in Cleveland, but rumors persist that Hunt may be traded before Week 1. If that were to happen, Johnson would become an interesting handcuff in fantasy.