Arizona Cardinals from A to Z: David Johnson


Player profile of RB David Johnson as Arizona Cardinals training camp starts July 31st

As we prepare for Arizona Cardinals training camp reporting date of July 31st, it is time for our annual look at the roster player by player.  I look at what they’ve done, where they are now and how I project each player’s status at the end of camp.

We go from A to Z and continue with RB David Johnson.  Johnson was drafted out of Northern Iowa by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

2014 season: Johnson carried the ball 287 times for 1,553 yards and a mind-blowing 17 touchdowns for the Northern Iowa Panthers.  Last season he set career records for the Panthers in touchdowns, yards and all-purpose yards.

2015 season projection: Johnson is expected to be the primary backup to Andre Ellington.  Ellington will be the primary back as long as he remains healthy.  Johnson should be able to provide the relief Ellington was missing last season though as none of his backups could provide any consistent meaningful production.

Of course at this point there will be no commitment as to how much Johnson will touch the ball once the regular season comes around.  I suspect it will be at least 10 times or the Cardinals will at least attempt that much.  Johnson has the same versatility as Ellington.  Johnson can catch and run with the ball.  He’s got a bigger frame than Ellington as he has about four inches and 25 pounds on him.

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