Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website believes RB David Johnson's receiving ability will "come back to the forefront" in HC Kliff Kingsbury's offense. "Johnson should fit perfectly into the new Cardinals’ offense," Urban adds. After posting a huge 80-879-4 receiving line in 2016, Johnson posted a relatively disappointing 50-446-3 in a stale 2018 Arizona offense. Kingsbury is expected to bring his Air Raid principles and an up-tempo attack to the desert. It should suit Johnson perfectly considering he does his best work out in space. His upside extends to the top of the RB position this year.
The Cardinals have traded RB David Johnson to the Texans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. No word yet on the details of the trade, but Arizona will reportedly take on some of Johnson's salary. It reeks of a salary-dump maneuver with a 28-year-old RB coming off an ugly 2019 campaign. Johnson missed 3 games last year and averaged just 3.7 yards per carry. Among 68 RBs with 50+ carries, he ranked 38th in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades and 67th in Elusive Rating. There's plenty of opportunity in Houston with both Carlos Hyde and Lamar Miller free agents, but we'd expect the Texans to add more to the backfield alongside David and Duke Johnson. Meanwhile, Kenyan Drake is set up for a big workload in Arizona.
Cutting RB David Johnson is "not an option," Cardinals GM Steve Keim said Friday. "You can't just have one back," Keim added. The biggest reason Johnson will stick around, though, is the $16.2 million in dead money that would be left behind if he was cut. Johnson looked like a guy out of gas in 2019, mustering just 3.7 yards per carry while battling ankle and back injuries. The Cardinals are expected to try to re-sign free-agent RB Kenyan Drake. If they don't, they still figure to bring in significant competition for Johnson.
Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said that RB David Johnson rebounded well in practice this week from a bad Week 10. "I'm proud of his effort and his focus," Kingsbury said, according to the team website. "I like where his head is at." GM Steve Keim also said Friday during a radio interview about Johnson, "He's the only one who can get himself out of this hole." We'll be interested to see whether Johnson draws a larger share of the workload against San Francisco than he did in Week 10. Johnson hit halftime of that game with 3 carries to Kenyan Drake's 4, though also none of the team's 4 RB targets. Johnson carried just 2 more times and fumbled his only reception at the end of the 3rd quarter. He then didn't touch the ball in the 4th quarter. We're betting on Drake to keep leading the work in Week 11, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Drake "should receive the bulk of the carries and touches." Just keep in mind that this situation could still be fluid.
Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s game vs. Tampa Bay. The question is how much work he’ll cede to RB Kenyan Drake. It’s also a tough matchup against the league’s #2 RB defense. Consider Johnson more of a RB2 this week.
Cardinals RB David Johnson declared himself "100%" on Wednesday and said he's "definitely playing" against the Bucs this weekend. We'll keep an eye on his practice participation, but D.J. can be penciled into Week 10 fantasy lineups. We'll see exactly how much work RB Kenyan Drake earned with his impressive Week 9 showing, but Johnson should return as the lead back.
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