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Author: Jon Kuzma
When the Arizona Cardinals drafted running back David Johnson in the 3rd round (2015 Draft) out of the University of Northern Iowa they had high expectations for Johnson. David Johnson was a 6’1 224 pound load at the running back position and fit well in the Cardinals system as a power back. Bruce Arians liked Johnson’s ability to break tackles and keep the chains moving for the Cards. That grittiness is what led Johnson to 3 straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons at the collegiate level and you could just see that those abilities were going to convert over to the professional level. In Johnson’s rookie see he didn’t disappoint either, he rushed for 8 touchdowns for Arizona and gave the Cardinals a nice change up to Chris Johnson, and Andre Ellington. Those efforts were good enough to earn Johnson not only respect from everyone in the Cardinals organization but also from around the league as well. NFL executives hold David Johnson in high regards and most people expect Johnson to seize the Cardinals starting running back job at some during the 2016 season. His downhill running ability is a good counter to the Cardinals outstanding passing attack, and he adds another dynamic to this offense. Now in his sophomore season expect Johnson to improve significantly in the rushing yards category. He only had 581 yards rushing last year, but with his gained awareness and deeper understanding of the game that number will likely increase next season. If Johnson can improve on his 8 touchdowns a season that will also pay huge dividends for the Cardinals as well. The team needs to limit the amount of drop backs that quarterback Carson Palmer takes in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs. The team can do that by trusting David Johnson and the other backs on the ground and that is why Johnson’s value is up so much entering the new season. Expect this guy to have a big season and he should be high on every fantasy football owner’s draft board.
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