The Arizona Cardinals running game is in the hands of Johnson and Johnson – Chris and David, that is.
After the unsurprising news that RB Andre Ellington could be out up to three weeks with a PCL sprain the veteran (Chris) and the rookie (David) will now patrol the Cardinals’ running game for the time being.
In Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints, Chris Johnson looked fairly serviceable compiling 37 yards on 10 carries. Sure, he didn’t break a long run, but if you look back over his successful seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Johnson would chip away with short runs and then break a long one to make his mark.
If he’s given 20 carries a game over the coming weeks, chances are that we’ll see a handful of big plays from him.
Meanwhile, the plan with David Johnson was to limit his workload and put him in positions to succeed early in his career. That’s exactly what coach Bruce Arias did in the regular-season opener as Johnson took a swing pass 55 yards for the game-clinching score against the Saints - his only offensive touch in the game.
Johnson displayed a tremendous burst and good hands on the play – the two reasons why Arizona selected him in the third-round of this year’s draft.
How the workload between the Johnsons will be split is yet to be determined, but we’re guessing that Arians and company will go with whoever has the hot hand. Chris Johnson will be given the first shot with David Johnson being more of a situational performer.
If Chris struggles, however, and David finds some success, don’t be surprised to see the workload shift into a 50/50 split.
Stepfan Taylor also can’t be forgotten and there’s a chance that he’ll assume more of the No. 2 role with David Johnson remaining in a situational matchup role while he continues to get acclimated to the NFL game.
Due to injuries in previous years, Taylor has seen the field quite often and Arians certainly believes in his abilities as the team kept him around as a fourth running back this year.
Johnson & Johnson to lead Cardinals run game
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