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Chris Johnson | Running Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 203
College: East Carolina
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Even with Andre Ellington (knee) back at Wednesday's practice, Carson Palmer continued to rave about Chris Johnson.
Fifth in the NFL in rushing yards, Johnson has averaged five-plus yards per carry in back-to-back games. Palmer believes Johnson is also doing the little things well. "He’s a great (pass) protector (and) really, really smart," Palmer said. "He picked up the offense as fast as anybody picked it up since I’ve been here." The Cardinals' website believes coach Bruce Arians "seems set with Ellington and Chris Johnson as his main options." David Johnson will focus on kick returns. Oct 7 - 8:13 PM

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Chris Johnson rushed 16 times for 83 yards in the Cardinals' Week 4 loss to the Rams.

He caught all three of his pass-game targets for 11 yards. With Andre Ellington (knee) being held out, Johnson dominated backfield touches, out-carrying rookie David Johnson, 16-3. Chris continues to look spry and shifty with some juice in his legs and picked up some chunk gains against an aggressive Rams defense. Ellington should be back Week 5 against the Lions, but CJ2K remains the favorite to lead this backfield in carries for the time being. He's a low-end RB2.
Oct 4 - 7:55 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Chris Johnson will start at running back Sunday against the Rams.

It's a huge vote of confidence for Johnson, especially with Andre Ellington (knee) likely to return after a two-week absence. It's unclear if Arians envisions Johnson as the long-term starter or if Ellington will return to that role once he's back to full strength. Either way, Johnson certainly deserves RB2 consideration against the Rams this week.
Oct 2 - 3:54 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said he expects Chris Johnson to get 15-20 touches per game, even with Andre Ellington (knee) set to return Week 4.

Arians has always been a bit of a wishful thinker when it comes to getting his running backs touches, especially since taking over as Arizona's head coach. But the takeaway here is that Johnson, coming off a 110-yard, two-touchdown, 22-carry rushing game against the 49ers, is going to remain a key cog in the Cardinals' offense. CJ2K has looked rejuvenated in Arizona through three weeks, flashing his early-career playmaking ability. Ellington has been a disappointment since his 2013 rookie season. He and David Johnson will mix in behind CJ2K.
Sep 29 - 11:01 PM

Chris Johnson rushed 22 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns and caught 1-of-2 targets for 40 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 win over the 49ers.

Although all of the fantasy world wants David Johnson to become the Cardinals' lead back, Chris was absolutely terrific in Sunday's beatdown of the 49ers. Chris still possesses dynamic lateral movement and burst, and we suspect he's not going away even with Andre Ellington (knee) tentatively due back in Week 4 against the Rams. One element that has always been missing with Chris is his ability to move the chains between the tackles. He accomplished that feat on Sunday, piling up first downs, executing at the goal-line, and breaking longer gains as well.
Sep 27 - 7:16 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is sticking with Chris Johnson as his No. 1 back in the absence of Andre Ellington (knee).

Rookie No. 2 David Johnson can't stop making big plays, but ever the stubborn ol' ball coach, Arians is sticking with the veteran as Ellington heals up. That being said, it's impossible to believe David won't be in for more work after housing a kick return for a 108-yard score and rushing five times for 42 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. Chris is a low-ceiling RB2, David a high-upside FLEX.
Sep 21 - 3:21 PM

Chris Johnson rushed 20 times for 72 yards in Arizona's Week 2 win over the Bears.

He was held without a catch on one target in the passing game. Johnson turned in a total dud of a performance in a game where the Cardinals scored 48 points, getting out-run by big-play machine David Johnson. Coach Bruce Arians likes Chris' supposed veteran competence, but we wouldn't be surprised to see David have a much bigger role in the continued absence of Andre Ellington next week. CJ will be a low-end FLEX option against the 49ers.
Sep 20 - 4:57 PM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss said Chris Johnson is "hands down" the No. 1 running back with Andre Ellington (knee) sidelined.

Coach Bruce Arians said as much this week. Rookie David Johnson will play, but Arians does not want to put a rookie who missed most of training camp in a big offensive role. Johnson is Rotoworld's No. 27 ranked running back for Week 2. He is a good low-cost play in DFS.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 11:12 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said Chris Johnson would be Arizona's "lead dog" if Andre Ellington (PCL) is forced to miss any time.

The elder Johnson out-touched rookie David Johnson 10-to-1 against the Saints, though the rookie took his only touch 55 yards to the house. Both players missed most of camp, but Arians obviously trusts the veteran more than the rookie. David should get some looks if Ellington misses, but Chris figures to out-touch him the next several weeks. Both are great waiver additions.
Sep 14 - 8:17 AM

Chris Johnson managed 37 yards on ten carries in the Cardinals' Week 1 win over the Saints.

He was targeted once in the passing game, but couldn't reel it in. Johnson was the first back up after Andre Ellington (knee) exited Sunday's opener, but David Johnson stole the show with a game-sealing 55-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. If Ellington's injury is indeed severe, we'd prefer David over Chris as a waiver-wire pickup. Chris will have a role in the backfield, but David offers a far higher fantasy ceiling.
Sep 13 - 7:18 PM

Chris Johnson is listed as the No. 2 running back on Arizona's official depth chart.

For now, CJ?K is ahead of third-round rookie David Johnson. Although No. 1 back Andre Ellington is fragile, neither Johnson is a viable RB3 to begin the season.
Sep 8 - 6:18 PM

Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 45 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards in the Cardinals' fourth preseason game.

He ripped off several chain-moving runs against the Broncos' second- and third-team defenses, showing nice cutback vision and acceleration. Johnson put a move on a defender and gained 10 yards on a swing pass early in the game, and busted through the line on a draw play to pick up 16 yards on a 3rd-and-11. Johnson should be expected to look good against second-team talent, but his acceleration appeared to be intact after an offseason away from football. Johnson should put pressure on Andre Ellington and David Johnson for snaps.
Sep 3 - 10:22 PM

The Cardinals plan to give Chris Johnson "10 to 12 touches" in their preseason finale Thursday night.

This may be Johnson's audition for a roster spot after he missed Arizona's last exhibition game with a hamstring injury. Andre Ellington and David Johnson are healthy, and the latter in particular has shown well in August.
Sep 1 - 5:44 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (hamstring) will play in Thursday's preseason finale.

Coach Bruce Arians later confirmed the news. It's a sign Johnson's roster spot is far from assured. Johnson has barely practiced since signing two weeks ago, and Bruce Arians isn't the kind of coach who makes moves on faith. CJ has to show something to crack Arizona's running back corps.
Sep 1 - 1:12 PM

Chris Johnson (hamstring) is not expected to play in Sunday night's third preseason game.

Per ESPN's Josina Anderson, Johnson "is still having problems with his hamstring." Johnson returned to practice on Friday, but may have suffered a setback. Recent reports still have Johnson making the Cardinals' 53-man roster.
Aug 30 - 6:22 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Matt Barkley
RB1Chris Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3David Johnson
4Stepfan Taylor
GLB1Chris Johnson
2Stepfan Taylor
3RB1Andre Ellington
2Chris Johnson
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3Jaron Brown
WR21Michael Floyd
2J.J. Nelson
3Brittan Golden
WR31John Brown
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Darren Fells
3Troy Niklas
LT1Jared Veldheer
2Bradley Sowell
LG1Mike Iupati
2Ted Larsen
C1Lyle Sendlein
2A.Q. Shipley
RG1Jonathan Cooper
RT1Bobby Massie
2Earl Watford
3D.J. Humphries
K1Chandler Catanzaro