Former Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson visiting Saints

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Former Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson could be finding another new team.

Many fans remember the good and the bad of David Johnson’s tenure with the Arizona Cardinals and just how impactful he was during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Johnson had 32 total touchdowns between his first two seasons and also had an incredibly clutch play against the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 divisional-round game where he fell backward and extended for a first down.

Johnson’s career took a turn for the worse when in Week 1 of the 2017 season, he broke his wrist on the road against the Detroit Lions and opted to have season-ending surgery. Since then, Johnson didn’t live up to his contract extension or the bar he’d set for himself early on in his career.

So mark it ironic that Johnson is visiting the New Orleans Saints, the team who he played against in his first-ever NFL game.

Former Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson could be living in the “Big Easy” soon.

This is an interesting move on two levels. First, it could be a preemptive move to have a replacement on the roster for Alvin Kamara. Second, Kamara punched a man in Las Vegas before this year’s Pro Bowl, and he could be suspended.

Another interesting move is that he would be paired with Mark Ingram, who spent time together in Houston with the Texans. I was writing for Toro Times and covered how this duo made an impact in their Week1 blowout win over the Jaguars.

But when Ingram was traded back to the Saints (where he began his career), it was a surprising move as Ingram was the best player on the roster. Perhaps the Saints see an effective combination between Ingram’s hard-nosed running style and Johnson’s flexibility out of the backfield.

Texans fans weren’t happy with Johnson, so unless there’s a reduced role for Johnson to go through, there may be more of the same for Saints fans.

But here’s to Johnson turning it around and being an effective playmaker for the Saints. Best of luck!

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