The Cardinals had one of the most explosive offenses in football last year, with a great passing attack led by a trio of receivers and Carson Palmer, and a solid run game on the backs of Chris Johnson, David Johnson and others. This year seems to have more of the same in store, apart from one small detail.
Instead of their ground game being by committee, second year player David Johnson is going to take charge of the Cardinals backfield and he’ll soon find himself in the upper echelon of running backs.
Last year, once he was virtually the only fully healthy running back on their roster, Johnson ran for 442 yards in five games as the starter. By the seasons end he had 581 yards with 8 touchdowns and another 457 yards receiving and 4 more touchdowns. Oh, and he had a 109-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
What makes Johnson special is that he is as versatile as any running back in the NFL. He is very fast, but he has a big body and can run with great power and just chugs through tackles, plus he can make people miss with ease whilst gliding down the field.
Now that he will be trusted with the bulk of the carries, and that he’s now had an extra year in the NFL, the sky is the limit for him. He has even drawn comparison to Marshall Fault which, if I’m honest, do not seem that outlandish. He is as versatile as Faulk, he’s just bigger and is possibly a better power runner.
With those tools then, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Johnson get between 1,700 and 2000 total yards, and he could definitely hit 15+ total touchdowns. He is well on his way to becoming a star.