Ty Johnson scores first NFL touchdown

Running back Ty Johnson making a run through the field during Maryland football’s 42-13 win over Minnesota at Maryland Stadium on Sept. 22, 2018. (Alex Chen/The Diamondback)

Former Maryland running back Ty Johnson scored his first NFL touchdown Friday night in the Lions 24-20 preseason loss against the Buffalo Bills. Johnson reached the endzone on an 11-yard pass in the second quarter, running a wheel route and carrying a Bills defender with him over the goal line.

Johnson flashed his ability to catch the football while in college, hauling in 16 catches in 2016, but only totaled 13 in his other three years for the Terps. Along with the touchdown, Johnson gained nine yards rushing on four carries. Through three preseason games, Johnson has rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries and has caught two passes for 20 yards. 

Johnson was selected by the Lions in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft and is looking to cement his place on the Lions roster. He is currently in the mix for third on the Lions depth chart and could be featured prominently in kick and punt return duties. Johnson finished his career at Maryland third all-time in all-purpose yards, showing just how dynamic he can be with the ball in his hands.

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