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David Johnson | Running Back | #31

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 224
College: Northern Iowa
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 3 (86) / ARZ
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David Johnson rushed 12 times for 31 yards while catching 4-of-4 targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 loss to the Bears.
The bright spot was a 21-yard touchdown catch in the 1st quarter off a play action where Johnson dusted a linebacker in coverage for an easy pitch and catch. A week after promising to get Johnson more usage split out as a receiver, that was not the case on Sunday. Johnson has now found the end zone in two of the first three games, but has now rushed 34 times for 116 yards (3.4 YPC) with 10 catches for 63 yards. With the Cardinals potentially turning to Josh Rosen as their starting quarterback things may begin to shift for Johnson moving forward, but he will only be a RB2 option next week against the Seahawks due to his floor potential when he fails to find the end zone. Sep 23 - 7:33 PM

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Cardinals coach Steve Wilks promised Monday that David Johnson will run more routes in the slot going forward.

Johnson's Weeks 1-2 usage under first-year OC Mike McCoy has been one of the most disappointing developments of the 2018 fantasy season thus far. He has been used more as a ground-and-pound grinder than space back, running between the tackles and seeing diminished passing-game usage until pass-heavy comeback mode. Wilks promised Monday that will change, and gave McCoy a vote of confidence. "I have total confidence," said Wilks. (We don't.)
Sep 17 - 4:08 PM

David Johnson rushed 13 times for 48 yards and hauled in 1-of-2 targets for three yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 loss to the Rams.

He was shockingly not targeted in the first half, and he finished the game with just one catch, although he had another called back by a penalty. Benching Sam Bradford is the first order of business, but the Cardinals have to better utilize Johnson if they want to have any success on offense, especially with Larry Fitzgerald dealing with a hamstring issue. Johnson will be more of an RB2 in a tough matchup with the Bears next week.
Sep 16 - 7:24 PM

David Johnson (back) was upgraded to a full practice on Friday and was not listed on the Cardinals' final injury report for Week 2 against the Rams.

Johnson said he feels "100 percent" and his participation level on Friday would seem to support that claim. Negative game script limited Johnson to just 14 touches in Week 1 and while that concern does exist for Week 2, DJ's pass-catching role should keep him in the RB1 discussion against the Rams.
Sep 14 - 3:49 PM

David Johnson (back) practiced again on Thursday.

Johnson figures to get slapped with another "limited" tag. Per in-house writer Darren Urban, Johnson was "hitting the blocking sled plenty hard." The issue could explain why Johnson barely saw the field in the second half of last week's blowout loss to the Redskins. There has been little indication it will be a concern for Week 2 against the Rams.
Sep 13 - 2:15 PM

David Johnson was limited in Wednesday's practice with a back injury.

The injury doesn't appear to be a concern for Johnson's Week 2 availability, but it's a situation to monitor after he received disappointing usage in Arizona's opener. On a downright bad team, Johnson will have to overcome more odds than most running backs to realize his elite fantasy potential.
Sep 12 - 9:06 PM

David Johnson accrued 37 yards and a touchdown on nine carries along with five catches for 30 yards on nine targets Sunday in the Cardinals’ Week 1 loss to Washington.

It was a pedestrian debut for Johnson, though he somewhat salvaged the day for fantasy owners by punching in a late goal-line touchdown. That score gave the Cardinals their first points of the afternoon with 5:47 remaining in the fourth quarter. With Arizona way behind, the Cardinals mostly abandoned their running game in the second half with Johnson receiving just three carries after halftime. Arizona wasn't competitive on Sunday and could be in for a rough season. Negative game-script could hinder Johnson throughout the year, including next week in a tough matchup against the Rams.
Sep 9 - 8:57 PM

Cardinals signed David Johnson to a three-year, $39 million extension.

It's a last minute deal on the eve of Week 1. The Cardinals were reportedly far apart in talks with Johnson as recently as Friday, but the sides were able to bridge the gap with a shorter-term extension. Johnson gets $30 million guaranteed and $13 million AAV, making him the second-highest paid back behind Todd Gurley. It's a player-friendly deal for Johnson coming off a lost 2017. One of the league's top all-purpose playmakers, Johnson is now signed through his age-29 season.
Sep 8 - 10:01 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals haven't ruled out an in-season extension for David Johnson.

The Cardinals aren't close enough in talks to extend Johnson before Week 1. It's possible something gets done later this year, but Johnson looks destined to play out 2018 without a new deal. Arizona has leverage on Johnson after drafting a potential replacement in fourth-rounder Chase Edmonds. The Cardinals can franchise Johnson for around $11 million next offseason.
Sep 7 - 8:02 PM

David Johnson is not expected to receive a contract extension before Week 1.

Johnson, who said he was "encouraged" by ongoing contract discussions just two weeks ago, doesn't seem likely to strike a new deal with the Cardinals prior to Week 1. He's currently scheduled to make $1.88 million in 2018. Johnson was targeting a second consecutive campaign with 2,000-plus yards from scrimmage before injuring his wrist in the season opener and sitting out the final 15 games of the 2017 season. He's still the only young and established weapon on offense in Arizona and remains worthy of a contract similar to Todd Gurley's (four-year, $60 million).
Aug 31 - 11:11 PM

Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed six times for 22 yards and a touchdown while catching one pass for five yards in Friday's preseason game versus the Saints.

Johnson played into the 2nd quarter, capping his final drive of the night with a 9-yard touchdown in which he carried half of the Saints' defense on his back while crossing into the end zone. One of the NFL's premier all-purpose players, Johnson will be relied on to carry the Arizona offense in 2018, cementing his place among the top-5 fantasy options at the running back position.
Aug 17 - 9:28 PM

Walk-year RB David Johnson said he is "encouraged" by ongoing contract discussions.

Despite an optimistic tone, Johnson seems to be more encouraged the talks are happening than by the content of the discussions. "I was hoping my production from my second year and what I did my first year would help out," Johnson said, "but the NFL is what have you done for me lately, so hopefully I can prove it once the season starts." Their only young and established weapon on offense, the Cardinals need to get Johnson under contract.
Aug 14 - 9:10 AM

David Johnson reported for the start of training camp.

Entering the final year of his contract, Johnson skipped minicamp in an effort to force Arizona's hand, but he will not miss any time during training camp. Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he looks forward to "rewarding" Johnson, so perhaps the two sides have made strides on an extension. Johnson is fully healthy after missing almost all of last season with a wrist injury.
Jul 23 - 10:43 AM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he looks forward to "rewarding" contract-year RB David Johnson.

Coming off a season lost to injury, Johnson held out of mandatory minicamp. "I don’t think there is any question David is one of our core players and someone we look forward to having a long-term future with," Keim said. "There’s no doubt in my mind moving forward that we will keep a positive outlook and again, look forward to rewarding him just like we have players in the past." Old for a prospect when he entered the league in 2015, Johnson turns 27 in December.
Jun 14 - 2:08 PM

David Johnson is officially absent for Cardinals minicamp.

Coming off a year lost to injury, Johnson isn't messing around heading into his contract season. It's a wise move for a 26-year-old running back with massive workloads and a punishing style. Transitioning at quarterback, the Cardinals are going to need Johnson out there to carry the offense in 2018.
Jun 12 - 1:39 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Josh Rosen
3Mike Glennon
RB1David Johnson
2Chase Edmonds
3T.J. Logan
GLB1David Johnson
2Chase Edmonds
3RB1David Johnson
2Chase Edmonds
FB1Derrick Coleman
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Christian Kirk
3Trent Sherfield
WR21Chad Williams
2J.J. Nelson
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Ricky Seals-Jones
2Jermaine Gresham
3Gabe Holmes
LT1D.J. Humphries
2Korey Cunningham
LG1Mike Iupati
2Jeremy Vujnovich
C1Mason Cole
2Daniel Munyer
RG1Justin Pugh
2John Wetzel
RT1Andre Smith
2Blaine Clausell
K1Phil Dawson