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Chris Johnson | Running Back | #23

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 203
College: East Carolina
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (24) / TEN
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Johnson rushed 16 times for 54 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Bucs.
With the Cards pulverizing the Bucs, CJ2K got called on for mop-up duty one week after playing only two snaps. He actually out-carried David Johnson this afternoon, but remains miles behind him on the depth chart. Chris has no standalone value. Sep 18 - 8:05 PM

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Chris Johnson played just two snaps in the Cardinals' Week 1 loss to the Patriots.

Johnson ended up playing seven fewer snaps than Andre Ellington. There was some buzz he could steal work from David Johnson this season, but the younger Johnson is clearly the No. 1 back in Arizona. Chris is just a handcuff.
Sep 12 - 9:22 AM

Chris Johnson rushed once for two yards Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 1 loss to the Patriots.

His lone touch came in the second quarter. Johnson showed well in pass protection in his brief stint on Sunday but ultimately he’s just a tourist in a backfield that clearly belongs to David Johnson. Chris won’t have any fantasy relevance unless the younger, more effective Johnson gets hurt.
Sep 12 - 1:18 AM

Chris Johnson rushed for 24 yards on seven carries in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

He was the second back in, playing behind David Johnson and ahead of Andre Ellington. Chris will have a role in the Cardinals' 2016 offense, but it will be as a change-of-pace and breather back behind workhorse David. That does make Chris worth monitoring in most leagues and drafting late in deeper ones.
Aug 28 - 6:31 PM

Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin said Chris Johnson and David Johnson are "both even" when it comes to running the ball.

"David is a little more comfortable (than Chris) in the passing game," added Goodwin. "(Bruce Arians) has certain things in mind with David, slotted out in formations, out of the backfield. He gives you a little different element from Chris. But running the ball, they are both even." The Arizona Republic wrote, "It’s hard to accurately predict how often (Chris) Johnson will touch the ball this season," but confirms "David Johnson is the starter." Chris will be a handcuff for David and might accrue some standalone value on something like 7-10 carries per game.
Aug 2 - 11:39 AM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss listed Chris Johnson as the team's first-string running back in his starting lineup projections.

Weinfuss created a stir in early June when he suggested the player once known as CJ2K would start over David Johnson this year. Weinfuss is back and doubling down, omitting David from his starting lineup projections in favor of the elder Chris. In a recent video on, venerable longtime beat reporter Darren Urban stated emphatically that David is Arizona's feature back and "I don't know how anyone would suggest otherwise at this point."
Jul 21 - 12:07 PM

In an ESPN prediction piece, Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss suggested that Chris Johnson could beat out David Johnson for Arizona's starting running back job.

This wasn't a bold prediction or hyperbole-based piece. The predictions were compiled from beat writers and ESPN analysts and (other than this one) were pretty realistic. Weinfuss predicted that Chris "will claim the starting job," and Chris and David will ultimately form a "dynamic thunder and lightning backfield." It's certainly not a prediction we'd be willing to make, but noteworthy if Chris has a bigger 2016 role than expected.
Jun 1 - 4:30 PM

Chris Johnson believes he and David Johnson can form the "best tandem" in the league.

"We’ll be great together," David agreed. "C.J. continues to help me out in my running, continues to teach some of the tips of the trade of how to run the ball and make it easier for me and the linemen blocking." A true three-down threat, David should dominate touches, but the elder Johnson will have a role. With every top offensive playmaker back in the fold, Arizona looks poised for another big year.
May 27 - 1:54 PM

Cardinals re-signed RB Chris Johnson to a one-year contract.

It's worth "up to" $3 million. CJ2K appears to have leveraged the Dolphins into a new deal in the desert. Johnson was a godsend for the Cardinals last season, featuring amongst the league's leading rushers for a time, but faded badly before breaking his leg. David Johnson exploded in Chris' absence, meaning he's returning as a clear backup. It's the right role for the 30-year-old Johnson at this stage of his career. Chris will come into immediate fantasy value if David ever misses time with injury.
Mar 17 - 3:42 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports free agent Chris Johnson is likely to choose between the Dolphins and Cardinals.

CJ2K visited Miami on Wednesday. It sounds like he has an offer on the table to return to Arizona, as well. Johnson would have a better shot at lead back duties with the Dolphins, who recently lost out on restricted free agent C.J. Anderson.
Mar 16 - 8:22 PM

Free agent Chris Johnson is visiting the Dolphins on Wednesday.

It's the first-known action Johnson has received this offseason, but PFT's Mike Florio reported Tuesday that things were about to heat up on CJ2K, and that he could sign with a team this week. After letting Lamar Miller leave as a free agent without much resistance and then striking out on C.J. Anderson, the Dolphins are left chasing aging veterans to pair with Jay Ajayi. Johnson had a nice 2015 with Arizona but ran out of gas the second half of the year before breaking his leg in late November. He's entering his age-31 season.
Mar 16 - 11:40 AM

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports free agent RB Chris Johnson could sign a new deal as early as this week.

Johnson has not taken any reported visits to this point, but Florio reports multiple teams are involved. Johnson has expressed his desire to stay with the Cardinals, but they are moving forward with David Johnson as their three-down workhorse. The artist formerly known as CJ2K rushed for 814 yards and three scores in 11 games with the Cardinals last season.
Mar 15 - 1:00 PM

Free agent Chris Johnson said he and the Cardinals have mutual interest in a new contract.

Johnson was one of the bigger bargains of the season after signing a one-year, $870,000 deal with the Cardinals just ahead of training camp last summer. He averaged 4.2 YPC but really fell off late in the season before breaking his tibia and missing the final five weeks and the playoffs. 2016 will be his age-31 season, however, and Arizona is set to turn the backfield over to David Johnson. CJ2K would be solid veteran depth, but it's unclear how willingly he'd fill that role.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 23 - 9:43 PM

Chris Johnson (broken leg, I.R./return) confirmed he'll be "ready to go" if the Cardinals advance to the Super Bowl.

Johnson resumed practicing last week but isn't eligible to play in Sunday's NFC Championship game against Carolina. In SB50, Johnson could perhaps fill a lightly used change-of-pace role behind workhorse rookie David Johnson.
Source: USA Today
Jan 19 - 3:53 PM

Chris Johnson (broken leg, I.R./return) has resumed practicing.

Johnson is on pace to return should the Cardinals advance to Super Bowl 50. Johnson isn't eligible for the Divisional or Conference Championship rounds. Even if the Cardinals advance and Johnson is ready, David Johnson would likely carry the mail in Santa Clara.
Jan 12 - 5:14 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
RB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3Andre Ellington
4Stepfan Taylor
GLB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3J.J. Nelson
WR21Michael Floyd
2John Brown
WR31John Brown
TE1Darren Fells
2Jermaine Gresham
3Troy Niklas
LT1Jared Veldheer
LG1Mike Iupati
2Earl Watford
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Evan Boehm
RG1Evan Mathis
2John Wetzel
RT1D.J. Humphries
2Cole Toner
K1Chandler Catanzaro