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David Johnson | Running Back | #31

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 224
College: Northern Iowa
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 3 (86) / ARZ
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David Johnson reiterated on Sirius XM NFL Radio that he wants to handle 30 touches a game this season.
"I feel like there’s room for me to definitely carry more," Johnson said. "I think the biggest thing is me learning and getting better and improving. So I feel like I can definitely get that 30 touches, not all rushing obviously." Johnson added that he's "100 percent" healed from Week 17's MCL injury, which did not require surgery. Last season, Johnson handled 24.3 touches per game in Weeks 1-16. While averaging 30 touches probably isn't realistic, there is no question Johnson will remain a top-three workhorse back along with Le'Veon Bell and Zeke Elliott. Jul 16 - 3:52 PM

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David Johnson said he "definitely" thinks he can handle 30 touches per game.

This comes on the heels of coach Bruce Arians saying last month he'd like to get Johnson 30 touches per game this season. "I'm still young," Johnson said. "I'm still on my first contract. So I feel I can definitely handle 30 touches. I did it last year, basically, with running the ball and catching it out of the backfield." Johnson didn't "basically do it last year," as he averaged just over 23 touches per game, but he and Le'Veon Bell are the best bets to ever do it in today's league. Johnson has the size (6'1/224) to take the hits and the hands to rack up 5-8 catches per game. Just like last year, Johnson is going to be a fantasy league-winner.
Apr 7 - 9:20 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said he'd like to get David Johnson 30 touches per game this season.

We've heard this "30 touches per game" thing from Arians before, and it's never exactly translated to that much work, but Johnson did average over 23 per game in 2016 and appears capable of more. Arians said Johnson is still too young to be "overused" at 25 years old. The Cardinals know they can't ask Carson Palmer to throw 40 times a week at his age in this downfield offense, so putting more on Johnson's plate is their best chance at winning games. Johnson is the early leader in the clubhouse to go No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts this summer.
Mar 29 - 11:18 AM

David Johnson (knee) says he's back "full throttle."

"My wheel is good," Johnson said of his Week 17 injury. "Good to go already. Back training, full throttle. Doing everything." Johnson gave Dynasty owners the scare of a lifetime in Arizona's meaningless finale, but he ended up dodging a bullet. Johnson and Le'Veon Bell will compete for No. 1 overall status in fantasy drafts this summer.
Mar 11 - 4:22 PM

David Johnson told PFT Live his "goal" is to record 1,000 yards both as a runner and a receiver.

The scary thing for opposing defenses is this goal is very attainable. Johnson came close with 1,239 yards on the ground and 879 yards through the air in 2016, and he thinks he was just a few mistakes away from a 1,000-1,000 season, which only Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk have done in NFL history. "The biggest thing is my route running," Johnson said. "I remember all the routes I messed up on and I probably would have had 1,000 yards this year." With the knee injury he suffered in Week 17 thankfully not a long-term concern, Johnson is locked in as a top-two fantasy running back for 2017.
Feb 2 - 9:20 AM

David Johnson has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL, and doesn't need surgery.

Johnson's injury looked brutal on replay, but he's escaped with the best-possible news. He needs "just" 6-8 weeks of rehab. Johnson finishes 2016 as the NFL's yards from scrimmage leader (2,118), and cleared the 100 barrier in 15-of-16 contests. Johnson's monumental workload will be a concern down the line, but still only 25, he'll be ready to go as a top-two fantasy running back for 2017.
Jan 2 - 1:13 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, initial tests on David Johnson's injured left knee showed meniscus damage, though his ACL remains intact.

It's shockingly good news for Johnson, who was all smiles when he returned to the sidelines wearing street clothes in the second half. He was carted off after Eugene Sims landed awkwardly on his left knee, though early reports suggest Johnson was able to avoid an ACL tear. We won't know Johnson's exact diagnosis until he undergoes his MRI, which is scheduled for Monday. Meniscus injuries are still significant but if that's all it is, Johnson would have a good chance to be ready by the start of training camp.
Jan 1 - 6:55 PM

David Johnson left Sunday's Week 17 game against the Rams with an apparent knee injury.

It looked absolutely gruesome. Johnson had his right leg planted when Rams DE Eugene Sims fell hard on his other leg, which bended in the wrong direction. You can Google the video if you want but you'll probably feel sick after watching it. His day and season are almost certainly over and we're guessing Johnson will be facing a lengthy recovery. He rushed five times for six yards while adding three catches for 38 yards on four targets before being carted off. Andre Ellington will handle the backfield duties in his absence.
Jan 1 - 5:08 PM

David Johnson rushed 28 times for 95 yards and three touchdowns and caught 4-of-7 targets for 41 yards in the Cardinals' Week 16 win over the Seahawks.

Johnson was the best running back pick in 2016 fantasy drafts and cemented that in Sunday's thrilling win over Seattle, operating as the Cardinals' offensive steam engine in a game where only Johnson and J.J. Nelson gave Arizona positive contributions. Late in the contest, Johnson beat Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor in man coverage for a 29-yard reception that set up Chandler Catanzaro's game-winning kick. Still in pursuit of all kinds of records, Johnson should finish strong in a great Week 17 matchup with the Rams.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 08:23:00 PM

David Johnson rushed 12 times for 53 yards and two scores while catching 4-of-5 targets for 55 yards Week 15 against the Saints.

Johnson was somewhat quiet in the first half, gaining just 18 yards on the ground and watching Kerwynn Williams scamper into the end zone from 49 yards out. Johnson got his shots to score after the break, however, converting on two-yard and seven-yard runs in the second half. Johnson also became the first player in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the first 14 games of a season. It might be difficult for him to continue that streak in Seattle on Christmas Eve, but he is a top-two fantasy option regardless of matchup.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:18:00 PM

David Johnson rushed 20 times for 80 yards and caught 5-of-8 passes for 41 yards Week 14 against the Dolphins.

It was not the best performance from Johnson, who lost a fumble early in the game, but he still topped 100 total yards, just like he has every week this season. He also had several of his highlight runs, weaving through the second level of the Dolphins defense despite the wet conditions. Johnson is a top-two option every time he touches the field, and that will be especially true next week at home against the Saints.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:45:00 PM

David Johnson rushed 18 times for 84 yards and a touchdown while catching 9-of-12 targets for 91 yards and another score in the Cardinals' Week 13 win over the Redskins.

There is not much left to say about David Johnson. A dominant force both on the ground and through the air, Johnson put the offense on his back against Washington. He opened the scoring with a short touchdown after a strong opening drive, consistently moved the chains with big catches in the passing game, and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 25-yard catch in the fourth quarter. He also converted a late fourth down with a big run. The fact these games have become almost expected speaks to how spectacular Johnson has been all season. He is the overall RB1 every week.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 07:44:00 PM

David Johnson dislocated his finger in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, but will be fine for Week 13.

Johnson checked out a few times in the second half on Sunday, but ultimately finished with 161 yards on 21 touches. He'll likely have his practice reps rationed this week, but will be a top-three RB1 against the Redskins.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 02:24:00 PM

David Johnson rushed 13 times for 58 yards and caught 8-of-11 targets for 103 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals' 38-19, Week 12 loss to the Falcons.

Johnson was cooking early, piling up 74 total yards in the first quarter and going over 100 about 20 minutes into the game. On the first series of the game, he had a catch-and-run down to the one-yard line and got the carry on 1st-and-goal. It looked like Johnson was in the end zone on the play, but the Cardinals didn't challenge, and Jermaine Gresham caught a one-yard score the next play. Johnson was in and out of the game in the second half with what was believed to be a hand issue, and the Cardinals barely possessed the ball after halftime. Johnson was able to find the end zone deep into this blowout, catching a three-yard score in the fourth quarter. Johnson will be a top-two running back next week at home against the Redskins.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:18:00 PM

David Johnson rushed 22 times for 103 yards and a touchdown and caught 7-of-11 targets for 57 yards and another score in the Cardinals' Week 11 loss to the Vikings.

His first score came from one yard out and his second occurred on a short reception, beating Vikings slot CB Captain Munnerlyn. Johnson was the entire Arizona offense in this one, as washed-up Carson Palmer floundered to 5.2 yards on 38 attempts with two interceptions and four sacks absorbed. The Cardinals need to commit to Johnson as their offensive centerpiece going forward. Their passing game is a legitimate liability. Johnson will be a top-two RB1 play when Arizona visits Atlanta in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 05:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Blaine Gabbert
4Trevor Knight
RB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3Kerwynn Williams
4Andre Ellington
5T.J. Logan
GLB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3RB1David Johnson
2Kerwynn Williams
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Marquis Bundy
5Krishawn Hogan
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
4Jeremy Ross
5Aaron Dobson
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
4Hakeem Valles
5Ricky Seals-Jones
LT1D.J. Humphries
2Givens Price
3Jonathan McLaughlin
LG1Mike Iupati
2Cole Toner
3John Wetzel
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Tony Bergstrom
3Daniel Munyer
RG1Evan Boehm
2Dorian Johnson
3Kaleb Johnson
RT1Jared Veldheer
2Ulrick John
3Will Holden
K1Phil Dawson