Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson was asked about how he feels about fullbacks being part of the new offense
First of all, it is great to see Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson back on the field this week at 100 percent. It is the first time Johnson has participated in any team drills since he broke his wrist in week one of the 2017 season.
That said, reporters asked him how he felt about having the addition of fullbacks to the Cardinals offense. He said he likes them, the more blockers the better.
We couldn’t agree more. The fewer times Johnson can take a hit, the better off the offense will be. He is excited because the tight ends were block first tight ends but the fullbacks main job will be to block.
The Cardinals didn’t play with full backs in the Bruce Arians era. His offense relied on tight ends to do the job of a fullback when necessary.
The addition of fullbacks could lead to fewer tight ends on the roster but if it means a healthier Johnson, there isn’t any Cardinals fan that should be upset by this. We will have to wait and see how things play out.
Derrick Coleman and Austin Ramesh are the only two listed fullbacks currently on the roster. That could change but if it remains that way, you could see both make the 53-man roster.
Coleman is in his fifth season out of UCLA while Ramesh is a rookie out of Wisconsin. Arians was also never big on rookie usage, so we will have to see how Steve Wilks runs things.
Although the Cardinals plan on using fullbacks, Wilks did address the media this week that he wants his tight ends to work on being better blockers. So, they will still be an integral part of the running game.
It should be an interesting dynamic as the summer marches forward. Currently the Cardinals have seven tight ends on the 90-man roster.