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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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7G.J. Kinne
8Matt McGloin
9Johnny Manziel
10Charlie Whitehurst
11Aaron Murray
12Dylan Thompson
13Jerrod Johnson
14Bryan Bennett
15Thad Lewis
16Matt Simms
17Tim Tebow
18Ryan Williams
19Brad Sorensen
20Seth Lobato
21Dan Orlovsky
22Austin Trainor
23Pat Devlin
24Matt Blanchard
25Dan LeFevour
26McLeod Bethel-Thompson
27Keith Wenning
28Trevor Knight
29Jerry Lovelocke
30Ryan Nassib
31Chandler Harnish
32Chase Rettig
33Cody Fajardo
34Shane Carden
35Griffin Neal
36Marquise Williams
37Max Wittek
38Joe Licata
39Sefo Liufau
40Bart Houston
41David Olson
42R.J. Archer
43Zach Mettenberger
44Sean Renfree
45Dane Evans
46Eli Jenkins
47Dalyn Williams
48Wes Lunt
49Jake Waters
RB1Rashad Jennings
2James Starks
3Doug Martin
4Chris Johnson
5Joseph Randle
6Khiry Robinson
7Toby Gerhart
8Chris Ivory
9LaMichael James
10Alonzo Harris
11Joe Banyard
12Karlos Williams
13Tim Hightower
14Joique Bell
15Dominique Williams
16Ronnie Hillman
17Bobby Rainey
18Jordan Johnson
19Darren McFadden
20Brandon Burks
21Terrell Newby
22Anthony Dixon
23Storm Johnson
24Darrin Reaves
25Zac Stacy
26Josh Harris
27Brandon Ross
28Cedric O'Neal
29Brandon Brown-Dukes
30Jahwan Edwards
31Ross Scheuerman
32Kenneth Harper
33Jawon Chisholm
34Zac Brooks
35B.J. Daniels
36Jerome Smith
37DuJuan Harris
38Matt Asiata
39Isaiah Pead
40Dan Herron
41William Stanback
42Michael Dyer
43Shaun Draughn
44Glenn Winston
45Keshawn Hill
46LaVance Taylor
47Jeremy Stewart
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Tim Hightower
3Doug Martin
4Chris Johnson
5Toby Gerhart
6Chris Ivory
3RB1Joseph Randle
2James Starks
3Rashad Jennings
FB1Henry Hynoski
2Cory Harkey
3Andrew Bonnet
4Ryan Mueller
5Joe Don Duncan
6James Casey
7Darrel Young
8Erik Lorig
9Will Johnson
10Emil Igwenagu
11Jorvorskie Lane
12Lorenzo Taliaferro
13Julian Howsare
14Brandon Cottom
15Paul Lasike
16Blake Renaud
17Devon Johnson
18Quayvon Hicks
19Alstevis Squirewell
20Freddie Stevenson
21Tyler McCloskey
22Joe Bacci
23Kiero Small
24J.C. Copeland
25Joey Iosefa
26Zach Boren
27John Conner
28Patrick Skov
29Jordan Campbell
30Will Ratelle
31Soma Vainuku
32Juwan Thompson
33Glenn Gronkowski
34Darrin Laufasa
35Sam Bergen
36Nikita Whitlock
37Kyle Coleman
38Brad Smelley
39Trey Millard
40Chris Swain
41Tyler Renew
42Sione Houma
43John Robinson-Woodgett
44Algernon Brown
WR11Anquan Boldin
2Greg Jennings
3Marques Colston
4Jeremy Kerley
5Keith Mumphery
6Jerome Simpson
7Marcus Easley
8Douglas McNeil
9Eddie Royal
10Hakeem Nicks
11Tyler Davis
12Jacoby Ford
13Josh Morgan
14Stevie Johnson
15Arrelious Benn
16DeAndre Reaves
17Kain Colter
18Miles Austin
19Corey Brown
20Jared Abbrederis
21Greg Little
22Kris Durham
23Corey Fuller
24Dwayne Bowe
25James Jones
26Kyle Prater
27Keenan Reynolds
28Preston Parker
29Greg Salas
30Jordan Williams
31Ed Eagan
32Marlon Brown
33Carlton Mitchell
34Armon Binns
35Andrew Turzilli
36Isaac Fruechte
37Zach D'Orazio
38Kenzel Doe
39Keyarris Garrett
40Mitch Mathews
41Jared Dangerfield
42Larry Pinkard
43Joshua Stangby
44Ricky Collins
45Jaxon Shipley
46Damian Williams
47Nate Washington
48Josh Lenz
49Uzoma Nwachukwu
50Eric Rogers
51Damaris Johnson
52Shaq Evans
53Solomon Patton
54Robert Herron
55Jonathan Krause
56Dezmin Lewis
57Reggie Dunn
58Ben Edwards
59Nick Harwell
60Tevin Jones
61Michael Rector
62Kenny Cook
63Issac Blakeney
64Tevin Reese
65L'Damian Washington
66Ryan Spadola
67Corey Washington
68David Porter
69Duke Williams
70Ezell Ruffin
71DaVaris Daniels
72Jeff Beathard
73Donatella Luckett
74Travis Labhart
75Devin Street
76Jarrett Boykin
77Lance Lewis
78Joseph Anderson
79Josh Stewart
80Marlon Moore
81Tyler Murphy
82Marquez Clark
83Josh Harper
84Chandler Worthy
85Alonzo Russell
86Dennis Parks
87Quinshad Davis
88Rashaun Simonise
89Reece Horn
90Ishmael Zamora
91Robert Wheelwright
92Shaq Hill
93Tyler McDonald
94Aaron Dobson
95Javontee Herndon
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2Roddy White
3Ace Sanders
4Riley Cooper
5Denarius Moore
6Chris Givens
7Marcus Thigpen
8Chris Matthews
9Ryan Broyles
10Ryan Whalen
11Joe Morgan
12Jacoby Jones
13A.J. Jenkins
14Kenbrell Thompkins
15Emory Blake
16Kevin Smith
17Dorial Green-Beckham
18R.J. Harris
19Jordan Payton
20Wendall Williams
21Victor Cruz
22Chris Harper
23Donteea Dye
24Nathan Palmer
25Onterio McCalebb
26Austin Pettis
27Mike Brown
28Tandon Doss
29Andre Debose
30Da'Ron Brown
31Shakim Phillips
32Devante Davis
33Frankie Hammond
34Keshawn Martin
35Marcus Leak
36K.J. Maye
37Mike Williams
38Jay Lee
39Jimmie Hunt
40Devon Wylie
41Jerome Lane
42Reggie Bell
43Amir Carlisle
44Phil Bates
45Milton Williams III
46Valdez Showers
47Michael Preston
48Noel Thomas
49Chris Brown
50James Butler
51Kenny Lawler
52Anthony Dable
53Isiah Ferguson
54Daniel Rodriguez
55A.J. Cruz
56Rannell Hall
57Titus Davis
58Myles White
59Kadron Boone
60Ryan Lankford
61T.J. Graham
62Jeremy Ross
63Marcus Harris
64Clyde Gates
65Juron Criner
66Stephen Hill
67Tom Nelson
68Leonard Hankerson
69Saalim Hakim
70Griff Whalen
71Kashif Moore
72Josh Boyce
73Andre Davis
74Demetrius Wilson
75Josh Reese
76DiAndre Campbell
77Trevor Harman
78Michael Bennett
79Paul Browning
80Austin Willis
81Mitchell Paige
82Durron Neal
83David Glidden
84Kieran Duncan
85Jarvis Turner
86T.J. Thorpe
87James Quick
88Rodney Smith
89Chris King
90Trindon Holliday
91Josh Magee
92Marken Michel
93Christion Jones
94Levi Norwood
95Ed Williams
96Danny Anthrop
97Moritz Bohringer
98Reggie Diggs
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2Marques Colston
3Jeremy Kerley
4Chris Givens
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2Owen Daniels
3Craig Stevens
4Scott Chandler
5Zach Sudfeld
6Dante Rosario
7Brandon Bostick
8Ladarius Green
9Tony Moeaki
10Mickey Shuler
11Wes Saxton
12Beau Gardner
13Michael Cooper
14Blake Annen
15Andrew Quarless
16Kyle Miller
17Matt Spaeth
18Nic Jacobs
19Chase Ford
20Dominique Jones
21Bruce Miller
22Richard Gordon
23Chase Dixon
24Marcus Lucas
25Nick Kasa
26Justice Cunningham
27David Paulson
28Cameron Clear
29Steve Maneri
30Rashaun Allen
31Larry Donnell
32Cooper Helfet
33J.P. Holtz
34Beau Sandland
35Eric Wallace
36Aaron Peck
37Mychal Rivera
38Casey Pierce
39Mike McFarland
40Chase Coffman
41David Johnson
42Rob Blanchflower
43Jacob Maxwell
44Anthony Denham
45D.J. Williams
46Ryan Taylor
47Konrad Reuland
48Brett Brackett
49Michael Egnew
50Jake Murphy
51Rory Anderson
52Adrien Robinson
53John Peters
54Tevin Westbrook
55Chris Pantale
56Gannon Sinclair
57Clayton Echard
58Taylor McNamara
59Jay Rome
60Kivon Cartwright
61Braxton Deaver
62M.J. McFarland
63Jake Stoneburner
64Chris Gragg
65Brandon Barden
66Gerell Robinson
67Kevin Greene
68Rob Housler
69Dan Light
70Arthur Lynch
71Jordan Thompson
72Jack Tabb
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2Jordan Rigsbee
3Terry Poole
4Robert Myers
5Darrell Brown
6Kyle Roberts
7Michael Oher
8Takoby Cofield
9Jason Fox
10Micah Hatchie
11King Dunlap
12Eugene Monroe
13Charles Brown
14Ben Ijalana
15Cameron Bradfield
16Landon Lechler
17Chris Bordelon
18Reid Fragel
19Michael Bowie
20Carter Bykowski
21Kevin Graf
22Rob Crisp
23Fahn Cooper
24Justin Senior
25Collin Buchanan
26Jonathan McLaughlin
27Cody Booth
28Justin Renfrow
29David Foucault
30Larson Graham
31Andrew McDonald
32David Hedelin
33Taylor Fallin
34Vince Kowalski
35John Weidenaar
36Wil Freeman
37Jah Reid
38Tyrus Thompson
39Chauncey Briggs
40Roubbens Joseph
41Lars Hanson
42Garry Williams
43Donald Hawkins
44Jordan Swindle
45Arturo Uzdavinis
46Jerry Ugokwe
47Max Rich
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2Tim Lelito
3Dallas Thomas
4Jake Simonich
5Jarell Broxton
6Sam Brenner
7Mackenzy Bernadeau
8Cyril Richardson
9Edawn Coughman
10Ryan Seymour
11Ben Heenan
12Antoine Everett
13Sebastian Tretola
14David Arkin
15Brian Folkerts
16Matthew Masifilo
17Lene Maiava
18Jamison Lalk
19Marquis Lucas
20Dustin Stanton
21Austin Shepherd
22Al Bond
23Ronald Patrick
24Collin Rahrig
25Jake Bernstein
26Vi Teofilo
27Darren Keyton
28Zach Voytek
29Kitt O'Brien
30Jeff Adams
31Tanner Hawkinson
32Adrian Bellard
33Alex Cooper
34Alex Kozan
35Nila Kasitati
36Garrick Mayweather
37Pearce Slater
38Greg Pyke
39Richard Levy
40Freddie Tagaloa
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2Jeremy Zuttah
3Erik Austell
4Manuel Ramirez
5Gino Gradkowski
6Khaled Holmes
7Mitchell Bell
8Julian Vandervelde
9Marcus Henry
10Jacob Flores
11Fernando Velasco
12Jacques McClendon
13Drew Nowak
14Garth Gerhart
15Barrett Jones
16Dalton Freeman
17Patrick Lewis
18Karim Barton
19Ben Clarke
20Ross Burbank
21Brian De La Puente
22Braxston Cave
23Quinton Schooley
24Robert Kugler
25Mark Spelman
26Taylor Boggs
27Ben Gottschalk
28Lucas Crowley
29Reese Dismukes
30Dillon Farrell
31Tyler Orlosky
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2Todd Herremans
3Louis Vasquez
4Andrew Tiller
5Garrett Gilkey
6Geoff Schwartz
7Cyril Lemon
8Darrion Weems
9Craig Watts
10Robert Myers
11Chase Farris
12Kraig Urbik
13Paul Fanaika
14Chris Scott
15Hugh Thornton
16Jared Smith
17Tre' Jackson
18Josue Matias
19Leon Brown
20Clay DeBord
21Alvin Bailey
22Adam Replogle
23Jarrod Pughsley
24Antoine McClain
25Tony Hills
26Ryker Mathews
27Boston Stiverson
28Terran Vaughn
29Donovan Williams
30Kareem Are
31Trip Thurman
32Shahbaz Ahmed
33Ruben Carter
34Tyler Johnstone
35Mitchell Kirsch
36Chris Muller
37Jarvis Harrison
38Matt Rotheram
39Thomas Evans
40Mike McQueen
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3Erik Pears
4Sebastian Vollmer
5Mitchell Van Dyk
6Adrian Bellard
7Nick Ritcher
8Patrick Miller
9Robert Leff
10Isiah Cage
11Darryl Baldwin
12Norman Price
13Lamar Holmes
14Michael Williams
15Luke Marquardt
16Martin Wallace
17Colin Kelly
18Pierce Burton
19Kona Schwenke
20Zeth Ramsay
21Ryan Mack
22Torian White
23Jonah Pirsig
24Keavon Milton
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2Travis Coons
3Dan Carpenter
4Younghoe Koo
5Nick Folk
6Brandon Bogotay
7Shayne Graham
8Shaun Suisham
9Andy Phillips
10Jordan Gay
11Zach Hocker
12Kyle Brindza
13Taylor Bertolet
14Brad Craddock
15Devon Bell
16Mike Meyer
17Ross Martin
18Corey Acosta
19Justin Manton
20Andrew Furney
21Marshall Morgan
22John Lunsford
23Carey Spear
24Billy Cundiff
25Jaden Oberkrom
26Tom Obarski
27Ty Long
28Brett Maher