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Chris Johnson | Running Back | #23

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 203
College: East Carolina
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (24) / TEN
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Cardinals released RB Chris Johnson.
The move clears a roster spot for Adrian Peterson. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is a CJ2K fan, but the 32-year-old back was running on fumes this season, averaging 2.53 yards on his 45 carries. The Cardinals' line is a disaster, but Johnson's play-making ability is gone. It's possible, if not likely, he's taken his final NFL carry. A transcendent player in his prime, Johnson isn't quite a Hall-of-Famer, but is just one level below. Tue, Oct 10, 2017 01:40:00 PM

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Chris Johnson totaled 21 yards on nine carries while catching his lone target for a gain of eight yards Sunday in the Cardinals’ Week 5 loss to the Eagles.

He never really had a chance in this one as the Cardinals fell behind early and were never able to establish their running game. Johnson remains firmly ahead of Kerwynn Williams in Arizona’s backfield pecking order, though he’s only produced 70 yards on 34 carries over his last three games (2.06 yards per carry). He’ll get another bite at the apple next week against the Bucs.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 06:17:00 PM

Chris Johnson rushed 13 times for 32 yards in the Cardinals' Week 4 win over the 49ers.

He added 31 yards on three catches. Johnson looked much better than he did against Dallas last week, but it's still pretty clear he doesn't have much left in the tank. Andre Ellington is out-snapping Johnson and offers far more upside as a pass-catcher in one of the most pass-happy offenses. Johnson remains firmly ahead of Kerwynn Williams but isn't a strong fantasy option.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 08:44:00 PM

Chris Johnson will remain the Cardinals' starting running back for Week 4.

Johnson carried the mail on early downs against the Cowboys, but was ineffective. He was out-snapped and out-gained by Andre Ellington. Coach Bruce Arians decided Johnson was "rusty," and will get another chance against the 49ers. Kerwynn Williams is the other option between the tackles.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: On top of the "rust," game flow hurt Johnson’s production. Playing from behind for all but two plays in the 4th, Arizona rolled with Ellington for the final frame while Johnson didn’t log a touch. Their Week 4 opponent, San Francisco, has limited runners to 3.5 ypc but they’ve seen the most attempts and allowed the 10th-most total rushing yards (124.3/game). With Arizona favored by 7, game flow could boost Johnson’s volume. It also helps their O-line should return two starters. Still, he’ll be a high-risk GPP dart throw that may not have a high enough ceiling to be worth the risk.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 03:33:00 PM

Chris Johnson rushed 12 times for 17 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Cowboys.

He added one catch for four yards on two targets. Johnson got the start for Arizona and led all Cardinals' backs in carries, but Andre Ellington out-snapped him 49-31. Kerwynn Williams played just one snap. Johnson seemed to be phased out in the second half, as he was getting nothing going on the ground, and the Cardinals were playing from behind much of the fourth quarter. Ellington plays in most passing situations. None of these guys can be trusted in fantasy.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 12:13:00 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Chris Johnson's carries to increase in Week 3.

Making his 2017 debut, Johnson had 11 carries in Week 2, soundly out-playing Kerwynn Williams. Arians appears ready to give Johnson a chance to run with starting duties during David Johnson's absence. Fantasy players shouldn't expect more than an RB3 day, but Johnson is worth scooping up in leagues where he remains unowned (admittedly, probably not many).
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 04:11:00 PM

Speaking Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Chris Johnson could move up the depth chart for Week 3.

Johnson was easily the Cardinals' best runner in Sunday's narrow win over the Colts. He should get the first chance to establish the hot hand in Week 3 against the Cowboys, but Kerwynn Williams is unlikely to be phased out altogether. A washed Andre Ellington will do his best to change the pace. If at all possible, the situation is best avoided in fantasy leagues.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 03:19:00 PM

Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 44 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

Johnson was the Cardinals' best runner in this game, and although he opened the contest behind Kerwynn Williams, Johnson wound up starting the second half and handling clock-milking work. Still, the Cardinals' backfield has almost no fantasy appeal because of the wide-ranging rotation. None of its members finished with more than 11 touches in Sunday's 16-13 victory.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 04:34:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Chris Johnson will back up starter Kerwynn Williams Sunday against the Colts.

Andre Ellington will be the primary back on third downs with Johnson handling change-of-pace duties behind Williams. Johnson won't be an appealing fantasy option, even in a plus matchup against a Colts squad that let up 46 points in Week 1.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 09:34:00 AM

Cardinals re-signed RB Chris Johnson.

This was expected after David Johnson was sent to injured reserve with a wrist injury. It is not clear what Johnson's role will be after the Cardinals decided to keep Kerwynn Williams over him at final cuts, but he is worth a speculative add in most formats. Andre Ellington will also have a role in the muddled backfield.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 12:59:00 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Cardinals intend to re-sign Chris Johnson.

It makes sense after David Johnson was sent to injured reserve with a wrist injury. Johnson did not look great in the preseason, however, and the Cardinals kept Kerwynn Williams over him for a reason. Johnson is not guaranteed a role, but he is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the team is considering re-signing free agent RB Chris Johnson following David Johnson's wrist injury.

It's an obvious development with David expected to miss a minimum of 2-4 weeks. Were he to land back in the desert, Chris would form a three-man committee with Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 03:18:00 PM

Cardinals released RB Chris Johnson.

Johnson re-signed just before training camp and didn't look the same in preseason, losing out for the Cardinals' No. 2 running back job to Kerwynn Williams. Andre Ellington appears safe for now as Arizona's No. 3 back.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 02:34:00 PM

Chris Johnson rushed six times for 31 yards in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

He dropped his lone target. Johnson also fumbled twice, losing one. Entering his age-32 season, Johnson was re-signed in late July. Johnson has averaged just over 3.0 YPC this preseason and isn't a lock to make the team ahead of Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington. Johnson also doesn't play special teams.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 08:25:00 PM

Chris Johnson rushed four times for eight yards and caught three passes for five yards in the Cardinals' second preseason game.

It was not an exciting performance, but Johnson notably worked as the clear No. 2 back. Arizona would likely turn to a committee of sorts if something happened to David Johnson, but CJ2K would be the best fantasy bet.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 11:29:00 PM

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9Aaron Murray
10Dylan Thompson
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13Jerrod Johnson
14Bryan Bennett
15Thad Lewis
16Matt Simms
17Brad Sorensen
18Seth Lobato
19Dan Orlovsky
20Tim Tebow
21Ryan Williams
22Austin Trainor
23Pat Devlin
24Matt Blanchard
25Dan LeFevour
26McLeod Bethel-Thompson
27Chandler Harnish
28Chase Rettig
29Ryan Nassib
30Keith Wenning
31Trevor Knight
32Jerry Lovelocke
33Zach Mettenberger
34Dane Evans
35Cody Fajardo
36Shane Carden
37Griffin Neal
38Marquise Williams
39Max Wittek
40Joe Licata
41Sefo Liufau
42Bart Houston
43David Olson
44R.J. Archer
45Sean Renfree
46Dalyn Williams
47Eli Jenkins
48Jake Waters
49Wes Lunt
RB1Rashad Jennings
2James Starks
3Joseph Randle
4Chris Johnson
5Toby Gerhart
6Khiry Robinson
7Joe Banyard
8Karlos Williams
9Terrell Watson
10LaMichael James
11Alonzo Harris
12Tim Hightower
13Joique Bell
14Dominique Williams
15Ronnie Hillman
16Bobby Rainey
17Darren McFadden
18Jordan Johnson
19Brandon Burks
20Terrell Newby
21Jahad Thomas
22Storm Johnson
23Zac Stacy
24Josh Harris
25Brandon Ross
26Cedric O'Neal
27Darrin Reaves
28Anthony Dixon
29DuJuan Harris
30Matt Asiata
31Isaiah Pead
32Dan Herron
33Jerome Smith
34Brandon Brown-Dukes
35Jalen Simmons
36Jahwan Edwards
37Ross Scheuerman
38Kenneth Harper
39Jawon Chisholm
40Zac Brooks
41B.J. Daniels
42George Atkinson III
43Michael Dyer
44Jeremy Stewart
45Shaun Draughn
46William Stanback
47Glenn Winston
48Brandon Wilds
49Keshawn Hill
50LaVance Taylor
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2Tim Hightower
3Chris Johnson
4Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
2Rashad Jennings
3James Starks
FB1Ryan Mueller
2Andrew Bonnet
3Cory Harkey
4Joe Don Duncan
5Henry Hynoski
6Austin Johnson
7James Casey
8Darrel Young
9Erik Lorig
10Will Johnson
11Emil Igwenagu
12Jorvorskie Lane
13Lorenzo Taliaferro
14Jalston Fowler
15Julian Howsare
16Brandon Cottom
17Paul Lasike
18Blake Renaud
19Devon Johnson
20Quayvon Hicks
21Alstevis Squirewell
22Freddie Stevenson
23Tyler McCloskey
24Anthony Firkser
25Joe Bacci
26Joey Iosefa
27Kiero Small
28J.C. Copeland
29Zach Boren
30John Conner
31Chris Swain
32Trey Millard
33Brad Smelley
34Tyler Renew
35Sam Bergen
36Nikita Whitlock
37Kyle Coleman
38Juwan Thompson
39Glenn Gronkowski
40Will Ratelle
41Soma Vainuku
42Darrin Laufasa
43Jordan Campbell
44Patrick Skov
45John Robinson-Woodgett
46Zach Laskey
47Sione Houma
48Tim Cook
49Algernon Brown
WR11Anquan Boldin
2Greg Jennings
3Marques Colston
4Jeremy Kerley
5Keith Mumphery
6Jerome Simpson
7Marcus Easley
8Eddie Royal
9Stevie Johnson
10Andy Jones
11Douglas McNeil
12Jacoby Ford
13Josh Morgan
14Hakeem Nicks
15Tyler Davis
16Kyle Prater
17Keenan Reynolds
18Devin Lucien
19Greg Ward Jr.
20Greg Little
21Kris Durham
22Corey Fuller
23Jared Abbrederis
24Corey Brown
25Dwayne Bowe
26James Jones
27Preston Parker
28DeAndre Reaves
29Kain Colter
30Miles Austin
31Greg Salas
32Josh Huff
33Jordan Williams
34Ed Eagan
35Tre McBride
36Shane Wynn
37Armon Binns
38Marlon Brown
39Carlton Mitchell
40Reggie Dunn
41Ben Edwards
42Nick Harwell
43Nate Washington
44Damian Williams
45Jonathan Krause
46Robert Herron
47Shaq Evans
48Kevin Norwood
49Solomon Patton
50Josh Lenz
51Uzoma Nwachukwu
52Eric Rogers
53Damaris Johnson
54Tevaun Smith
55Mitch Mathews
56Jared Dangerfield
57Andrew Turzilli
58Isaac Fruechte
59Zach D'Orazio
60Kenzel Doe
61Keyarris Garrett
62Joshua Stangby
63Jaxon Shipley
64Dezmin Lewis
65Ricky Collins
66Tevin Reese
67Kenny Cook
68Michael Rector
69Issac Blakeney
70Tevin Jones
71Brandon Shippen
72Ryan Spadola
73Corey Washington
74L'Damian Washington
75Duke Williams
76David Porter
77Josh Harper
78Donatella Luckett
79Tyler Murphy
80Marquez Clark
81Chandler Worthy
82Alonzo Russell
83Dennis Parks
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88Robert Wheelwright
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92Joseph Anderson
93Josh Stewart
94Devin Street
95Travis Labhart
96Marlon Moore
97Ezell Ruffin
98Jeff Beathard
99DaVaris Daniels
100Aaron Dobson
101Tyler McDonald
102Javontee Herndon
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3Ace Sanders
4Riley Cooper
5Denarius Moore
6Chris Givens
7Marcus Thigpen
8A.J. Jenkins
9Kevin Smith
10Dorial Green-Beckham
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12Kenbrell Thompkins
13Emory Blake
14Darius Jennings
15Wendall Williams
16Ryan Whalen
17Joe Morgan
18Austin Pettis
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20Ryan Broyles
21Jacoby Jones
22Onterio McCalebb
23Nathan Palmer
24Chris Harper
25Donteea Dye
26Daniel Braverman
27Victor Cruz
28Jordan Payton
29Da'Ron Brown
30Shakim Phillips
31DeVier Posey
32Tandon Doss
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34Mike Brown
35Jimmie Hunt
36Devon Wylie
37Mike Williams
38Jay Lee
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41Devante Davis
42Jake Lampman
43K.J. Maye
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46Rodney Adams
47Jerome Lane
48Noel Thomas
49Michael Preston
50Valdez Showers
51Reggie Bell
52Amir Carlisle
53Phil Bates
54Milton Williams III
55Clyde Gates
56Jeremy Ross
57Marcus Harris
58Daniel Rodriguez
59A.J. Cruz
60James Butler
61Kenny Lawler
62Anthony Dable
63Isiah Ferguson
64Myles White
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66Ryan Lankford
67Rannell Hall
68Titus Davis
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70Saalim Hakim
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72Kashif Moore
73Josh Boyce
74Juron Criner
75Stephen Hill
76Andre Davis
77Demetrius Wilson
78Josh Reese
79DiAndre Campbell
80Trevor Harman
81Paul Browning
82Austin Willis
83Michael Bennett
84Durron Neal
85David Glidden
86Kieran Duncan
87Jarvis Turner
88T.J. Thorpe
89Tom Nelson
90Leonard Hankerson
91Chris King
92Trindon Holliday
93James Quick
94Rodney Smith
95Mitchell Paige
96Josh Magee
97Reggie Diggs
98Trey Griffey
99Moritz Bohringer
100Levi Norwood
101Ed Williams
102Danny Anthrop
103Marken Michel
104Christion Jones
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4Riley Cooper
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6Scott Chandler
7Zach Sudfeld
8Dante Rosario
9Brandon Bostick
10Andrew Quarless
11Kyle Miller
12Blake Annen
13Matt Spaeth
14Chase Ford
15Dominique Jones
16Nic Jacobs
17Bruce Miller
18Wes Saxton
19Beau Gardner
20Mickey Shuler
21Michael Cooper
22J.P. Holtz
23Beau Sandland
24Eric Wallace
25Aaron Peck
26D.J. Williams
27Rob Blanchflower
28Jacob Maxwell
29Asante Cleveland
30Anthony Denham
31Casey Pierce
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33Chase Coffman
34David Johnson
35Nick Kasa
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37Chase Dixon
38Justice Cunningham
39Rashaun Allen
40Larry Donnell
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45Tyrone Swoopes
46Marcus Lucas
47Adam Zaruba
48Brandon Barden
49Gerell Robinson
50Kevin Greene
51Jake Stoneburner
52Nick Truesdell
53Chris Gragg
54Dan Light
55Arthur Lynch
56Jack Tabb
57Jordan Thompson
58Rob Housler
59John Peters
60Tevin Westbrook
61Gannon Sinclair
62Adrien Robinson
63Chris Pantale
64Jake Murphy
65Rory Anderson
66Ryan Taylor
67Konrad Reuland
68Brett Brackett
69Michael Egnew
70Clayton Echard
71Taylor McNamara
72Jay Rome
73Kivon Cartwright
74Braxton Deaver
75M.J. McFarland
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5Landon Lechler
6Chris Bordelon
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8Michael Bowie
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14Justin Senior
15Tyson Chandler
16Terry Poole
17Jordan Rigsbee
18Robert Myers
19Darrell Brown
20Jason Fox
21Micah Hatchie
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24Taylor Hart
25Takoby Cofield
26Vince Kowalski
27John Weidenaar
28David Hedelin
29Taylor Fallin
30Wil Freeman
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33Tyrus Thompson
34Chauncey Briggs
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45Jordan Swindle
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8Jake Simonich
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11Ryan Seymour
12Brandon Thomas
13Antoine Everett
14Sebastian Tretola
15David Arkin
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17Matthew Masifilo
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20Marquis Lucas
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33Jeff Adams
34Tanner Hawkinson
35Adrian Bellard
36Alex Cooper
37Garrick Mayweather
38Pearce Slater
39Nila Kasitati
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13Jacques McClendon
14Drew Nowak
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24Robert Kugler
25Quinton Schooley
26Mark Spelman
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28Taylor Boggs
29Ben Gottschalk
30Reese Dismukes
31Dillon Farrell
32Tyler Orlosky
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17Chris Scott
18Hugh Thornton
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26Jessamen Dunker
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29Jarrod Pughsley
30Antoine McClain
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35Darrell Greene
36Kareem Are
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38Matt Rotheram
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18Luke Marquardt
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24Kevin Bowen
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14Brad Craddock
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22John Lunsford
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