28-Year-Old Safety – Arizona Cardinals
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Tyrann Mathieu's recovery from last December's ACL and LCL tears has allowed Johnson an opportunity to act as the free safety on the first-team defense. Although Mathieu has started to practice, he li...
2014 ADP: –
Bye Week: 4
Rashad Johnson Contract Information:
Agreed to a three-year contract with the Cardinals in March of 2013.
Johnson (ankle) is active Sunday against the Giants at New York, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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Rashad Johnson: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Johnson began the season as the Cardinals' starting free safety, but after losing the tip of his left middle finger in Week 3, he was absent for two games, giving rookie Tyrann Mathieu enough time to put a stranglehold on the position. Upon his return, Johnson took on a hybrid slot corner/safety role, managing to record a fair number of tackles. A season-ending knee injury suffered by Mathieu in Week 14 thrust Johnson back into the No. 1 defense, but he soon suffered a high ankle sprain one week later, which didn't stop him from playing in the season finale with a playoff berth still possible. Because Mathieu's torn ACL and LCL are unlikely to be healed by the kickoff of the 2014 season, expect Johnson to hold down the fort at free safety for the Cardinals.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Johnson will return to the Cardinals, with whom he's spent his first four NFL seasons. The 27-year-old recorded just 20 tackles (15 solo) and two interceptions last season, but with Adrian Wilson now out of town, Johnson may get a chance to compete for the starting strong safety job in training camp.
Johnson will back up Adrian Wilson at strong safety in 2012.
Johnson's performance in training camp has left much to be desired and he's expected to be pushed for the No. 2 safety spot (while Adrian Wilson is out), perhaps by Hamza Abdullah.
Johnson will reprise his role as a backup free safety for the Cards this season, serving as the No. 2 option behind Kerry Rhodes instead of former Card Antrelle Rolle. As a rookie, Johnson appeared in 10 games and even started one last season, but he's still a year or two away from being considered a starting option with Rhodes and Adrian Wilson locking down the team's safety spots in 2010.
The Cardinals drafted Johnson in the third round of Aprilís draft even though they already have a deep group of safeties. A big factor in that decision was the high praise of Johnsonís college coach (Alabamaís Nick Saban), who says that Johnsonís football intelligence ranks among the best he has ever seen. Johnson is a project that will compete for Arizonaís nickelback role with Ralph Brown and fellow rookie Greg Toler this summer. His main drawbacks are his size (5-11) and the Cardinalsí depth. Look for his playing time to gradually expand.