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It’s fun to talk sports smack online—but if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, at least don’t tag them while you run them down.

New Detroit Lions tailback LeGarrette Blount found an upset fan in his mentions Friday afternoon, calling Blount a “wildcard” and saying Detroit needed to go get a “legitimate” running back like DeMarco Murray.

One wonders if the fan would say something like that to the 6-1, 245-pound power back’s face. No matter: Blount trucked him digitally instead:

Now, NFL players have gotten in trouble for mixing it up with fans (see: Ebron, Eric), but the fact is this person dramatically increased the chance that Blount would personally see the Tweet by tagging him.

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Take a behind-the-scenes look at former Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson’s pre-NFL Draft training

Kerryon Johnson admits he probably plays more videogames in his downtime that he should, though there has been one benefit to the hobby, as the former Auburn running back claims he got his spin move from playing Madden.

Part Three of AL.com’s “Road to the Pros,” a four-part documentary series chronicling Johnson’s journey from childhood through his pursuit of an NFL career, looks at the former Auburn star running back’s time training for Thursday’s upcoming NFL Draft.

“It’s going to be weird to see my name on the game I play almost every day,” Johnson said of his imminent inclusion on a Madden roster. “I just hope I’m not sorry. If I’m like 60 overall, that’d be depressing, but it is what it is. It’s just cool to be in the game.”

Johnson, who said he and Electronic Arts — the company behind the Madden NFL franchise — are “going to have to fight” if he’s rated anything below 75 for his rookie season. Of course, the reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Year has spent the last several months doing everything he can to make sure that won’t be the case.

Since declaring for the NFL Draft back in January, Johnson has been training at EXOS in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Johnson and his father researched various training facilities before deciding on EXOS thanks in part to a recommendation from Auburn assistant strength and conditioning coach Morris Henry, who previously interned at EXOS.

While at EXOS, Johnson has worked on various aspects of his game leading up to the NFL Combine and Auburn’s pro day. Among the areas of focus were his hands, route-running, speed, maintaining his lower-body strength, building up his upper-body strength and just being able to play faster.

“A lot of people can run fast, but playing fast is different,” Johnson said.

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Johnson also spent plenty of time in the classroom, learning to better identify and diagram defenses on command. It’s an area he excelled at, according to Fred McCrary, an 11-year NFL veteran who works with running backs at EXOS.

“In the classroom, he’s very, very intelligent and very smart,” McCrary said of Johnson. “He catches on really past, probably — I’d put him behind DeMarco Murray. DeMarco Murray probably was the smartest; Kerryon’s probably the second-smartest I’ve had, which is a great compliment.”

Johnson’s regimented training in Gulf Breeze paid off during the NFL Combine, when he was among the top performers at running back in Indianapolis. He followed it up by reaching his personal goal in the 40-yard dash at Auburn’s pro day.

With all of that in the rearview, now comes the hard part: waiting to hear his name called during this week’s NFL Draft. Johnson’s father, Kerry Johnson, acknowledged that they understand the running back position is loaded in this draft class, and that it would be a “longshot” for Kerryon Johnson to be selected in the first round, with a Day 2 selection the likely outcome.

That won’t stop Kerryon Johnson from stressing out in anticipation once the draft gets underway Thursday evening.

“Once it gets to the late first — the last couple picks of the first and that second, then I’ll be stressing,” he said. “That’ll be a high-tension time for me, because you don’t know. You could be waiting that whole night then you got to wait another day. That’ll be a stressing time, but right now I’m relaxed and I’m enjoying it.”

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