Former Maryland standout Ty Johnson lands with new NFL team
Ty Johnson is on the move in the NFL, landing with a new team on Friday.
The second-year running back from Maryland appeared to have carved a role for himself in Detroit’s backfield as a rookie. Though he played sparingly, Johnson had 382 yards from scrimmage in his first year with the team.
Unfortunately for Johnson, Detroit drafted D’Andre Swift in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft and signed veteran Adrian Peterson prior to this season. Those moves essentially eliminated Johnson’s playing time with Detroit making the move to cut him on Thursday.
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#Lions have activated S Jayron Kearse from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list and released RB Ty Johnson. pic.twitter.com/6S2hFllCz2
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) October 1, 2020
It did not take long for Johnson to be scooped up with the New York Jets making the move to claim him on Friday. There certainly appears to be a greater chance for Johnson with the Jets with starter Le’Veon Bell currently injured and 37-year-old Frank Gore serving as the team’s current leading rusher with 174 yards on the ground. Hopefully Johnson is able to show his value and stick with the Jets.
We've claimed RB Ty Johnson. pic.twitter.com/VN5LQI7LYG
— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 2, 2020