Arizona Cardinals rookie RB David Johnson was pegged a sleeper by many draft pundits entering his first NFL season and the former UNI standout has lived up to those expectations.
After assuming starting duties because of injuries to Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington, David Johnson has rushed for 99 and 92 yards in the last two games, respectively. On the season, Johnson has racked up 330 yards rushing and is averaging a highly respectable 4.3 yards per carry.
In last Thursday’s tilt against the Minnesota Vikings, Johnson arguably had the best game of his young career thanks to 123 yards of total offense (92 rushing and 31 receiving).
When digging further into the metrics on Johnson, his performance has been even more impressive.
Johnson has rushed for 22 first downs and he’s caught 26 passes on 39 targets. Johnson has four catches of 20-plus yards and has racked up a team-leading nine touchdowns (four rushing, four receiving and one return).
Arizona will need the success of the younger Johnson to continue has he’s developed into an integral part of the team’s offense.
The Cardinals have Super Bowl aspirations and will need all players firing on all cylinders come the postseason and Johnson will be one of the team’s key cogs on its quest for a championship.