The Arizona Cardinals running back situation has certainly changed in last three days
When Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson was hurt on Sunday and subsequently lost for the next two months because of a dislocated wrist, certainly things changed. Just how much they change will likely depend on each opponent.
When asked about whether the Cardinals would go running back by committee or feature one back, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said “both”. That works for me and it should for you too.
Here there is no sky is falling attitude. The Cardinals don’t have that attitude either. Do some Cardinals fans? Certainly. It is understandable.
However understand this. The Cardinals likely can get Johnson back on November 9th, maybe a little longer depending on his his wrist is healing.
That means that Johnson would miss seven games. The bye week falls in between that time. They would still get half a season out of him in the best case scenario.
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So until then, however they decide to attack the running game should be fine with all of use. They have five running backs on the roster. Three of them will likely get the bulk of carries.
The Cardinals will start Kerwynn Williams this week at Indianapolis. Andre Ellington is going to back him up. It will likely take Chris Johnson, who was just re-signed yesterday, a couple of weeks to get going again. Still, expect to see him some this Sunday.
If one of the five backs stands out, then you ride him until he no longer stands out. Does it matter if it’s Elijhaa Penny, D.J. Foster or one of the other three guys? Absolutely not.
The Cardinals goal is to just get by. They have backs that are more than capable of getting by. Sure, none of them can provide the individual performance that Johnson gives you week in and week out but that’s why the depth chart goes five for now.