The Arizona Cardinals have big hopes for their running back room in 2022, and David Johnson should not be part of it.
For the Arizona Cardinals who are working to keep pace with the Los Angeles Rams, everything must be “all systems go”. Arguably none more important than the one thing that takes the pressure off the passing game of Kyler Murray- that’s right, the run game.
With former Cardinals running back David Johnson still out there in free agency, some are saying that they could reunite.
The run game is so important to the Cardinals, as they ran nearly half of their offensive plays on the ground this past season. Add in James Conner’s near-historic season, and the Cardinals are set at the top.
After drafting Eno Benjamin and Keontay Ingram the past few years and bringing in Darrell Williams in free agency, let’s face it: the Cardinals have no room for David Johnson.
After writing for Toro Times all of last season and seeing what Johnson brought to the table, trust me when I say that the Cardinals are better off with their current rushers.
The Arizona Cardinals should not sign David Johnson
This isn’t anything personal, and I’m incredibly grateful for Johnson’s efforts in Arizona that made him a great back for a few years.
However, due to the recent decline in his play and being the guy that most fans will always remember as the DeAndre Hopkins trade “player”, it wouldn’t be a good thing for Johnson to re-sign with the Cardinals.
One mistake by Johnson would have Cardinals fans breathing down his neck, as their patience is presumably thin. Plus, the 2021 stats comparing him to Williams result in a landslide victory for Williams:
Yes, the Texans offense was the worst in rushing last year and they were a top-five draft pick kind of team.
However, there isn’t much of a role left for Johnson to be utilized in the offense. Unless he becomes a dedicated kick returner, I don’t see him making the roster in any capacity.
I think Johnson may find employment elsewhere, but it doesn’t look likely with the Arizona Cardinals.