The Facts: The Lions haven’t offered many specifics about what their new offense will look like. But anyone watching new OC Darrell Bevell over the years already knows what to expect. And you can bet Johnson is excited about it. “I mean, we all know what he likes to do,” the second-year running back said this week. “We all know what he brings to the table.”
Diehards Line: What Bevell brought to the table in Seattle was a top-five rushing attack in four of his seven seasons calling the plays, from 2011-17. The Lions can’t run the ball 100 percent of the time, but they do want to run it more -- and more effectively -- to help complement their rising defense. And nobody stands to benefit more than Johnson. He’ll have some help too. In anticipation of more of a running offense, Detroit acquired more muscle for the blocking by signing tight end Jesse James and drafting T.J. Hockenson. James was renowned for his hard-blocking ways in Pittsburgh, where he ranked 25th as a run-blocker and ninth as a pass blocker last season according to ProFootballFocus. And Hockenson, Detroit’s first-round pick, was considered one of the country’ most ferocious blockers at the position during his days at Iowa. You can bet Johnson noticed that, too. ... It's an offense worth watching as draft day draws nearer.