Johnson
David Johnson
David Johnson
David Johnson
David Johnson
26-Year-Old RB
2017 Rush/Rec Stats
2018 Rush/Rec Projections
ATT
11
YDS
23
TD
-
YDS
67
TD
-
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Coming off his breakout 2016, expectations were sky high for Johnson last year, which made it all the more devastating when his campaign lasted all of 11 carries before a dislocated left wrist landed him on injured reserve. Healthy once again, the 26-year-old will be the fo... read more
Coming off his breakout 2016, expectations were sky high for Johnson last year, which made it all the more devastating when his campaign lasted all of 11 carries before a dislocated left wrist landed him on injured reserve. Healthy once again, the 26-year-old will be the focal point of the Arizona offense regardless of whether Sam Bradford or Josh Rosen is under center. Johnson's speed and elusiveness are both elite, and he also has the size and explosiveness to blow through arm tackles and gain yards after contact, along with outstanding receiving skills that make him a genuine three-down threat. New coach Steve Wilks is more defensive-minded than Bruce Arians, but with former Chargers boss Mike McCoy coming in as offensive coordinator, the Cardinals should still be in good hands. McCoy maximized the talents of another prolific pass-catching back, Danny Woodhead, during his time in San Diego. While it will be tough to repeat the 20 touchdowns Johnson scored in 2016 - he needed 58 red-zone carries and 14 red-zone targets to get there - another season with more than 2,000 scrimmage yards is possible given his likely workload. The biggest question for Johnson in 2018 will be health-related - not just for him, but for a veteran Cardinals offensive line that lost both its starters on the left side to injury last year and remade its right side in free agency this offseason. Johnson is entering a contract season and skipped mandatory minicamp while angling for an extension, but he ultimately decided to show up for the start of training camp in late July.
HT: 6'1"   WT: 224 lbs.   DOB: 12/16/1991   College: Northern Iowa   Drafted: 3rd Rd, #22 Overall in 2015Show Contract
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David Johnson Contract Info:
Signed a four-year, $2.92 million contract with the Cardinals in May of 2015.
Pushes pile for impressive score
RBArizona Cardinals
August 17, 2018
Johnson took six carries for 22 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for five yards in Friday's preseason game against the Saints.
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David Johnson NFL Stats
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David Johnson 2017 NFL Game Log
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Snap Counts
  • 2017 Offensive Snaps:
    46
  • 2017 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2015
412
113
2016
964
1
2017
46
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   6' 1"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   224 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.50 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.27 sec
WEAK
Cone Drill:   6.82 sec
GREAT
Arm Length:   31.25 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.63 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   42 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   127 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   25 reps
GREAT
Arizona Cardinals Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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2015
  1. David Johnson 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. David Johnson 2017 Preseason Outlook
    After a dominant finish to his rookie campaign, big things were expected from Johnson in 2016, but it's doubtful even his most enthusiastic boosters foresaw what was coming. The 25-year-old seized the Cardinals' starting job by the throat and never let go, recording at least 100 yards from scrimmage in an NFL-record 15 straight games before finally being held in check by a limited snap count in a meaningless Week 17 contest against the Rams. Along the way he scored 20 TDs, piled up 2,118 combined yards and received 72 red-zone touches, leading the league in all three categories and establishing himself as one of the few true every-down backs left in the modern game. Johnson's 6-1, 224-pound frame allows him to run with some power, but it's his elusiveness and speed in the open field that set him apart as a home run threat, and his 34 runs of 10 yards or more tied him for fifth in the NFL. Bruce Arians' offense also took full advantage of Johnson's pass-catching skills, and his 54.9 receiving yards per game led all NFL backs. That 2016 performance may not even represent his ceiling, though. With Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald both in the twilight of their careers, the Arizona attack may end up relying even more heavily on its young stud RB in the coming years, which is a scary thought for opposition defenses.
  3. David Johnson 2016 Preseason Outlook
    After a splashy combine and a third-round selection in the spring draft, Johnson's rookie year stumbled from the gate. A balky hamstring held him down in August, and two ball-security issues from Johnson in Week 4 (one fumble, one dropped touchdown pass) sparked a stunning Rams victory in Arizona. Johnson resided in the Bruce Arians doghouse for the next seven games, limited to 30 inconsequential touches, but when the Cardinals needed the rookie for the stretch run, everything exploded. Johnson racked up 599 total yards and five TDs over the next four weeks, averaging 5.3 yards a carry and securing 14 of 20 targets. His signature performance came in front of a national TV audience — a 187-yard, three-touchdown trampling at Philadelphia. Arians confirmed in spring Johnson will be the team's No. 1 back entering camp, with veterans Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington clearly in the background. Johnson is the rare combination of a home-run hitter and a grinder—someone who can score from anywhere on the field, but also a physical back who finishes runs. He's capable of being an electric receiver. The Cardinals finished the season with a stinker, but they had one of the NFL's best offenses. This is a team you want to invest in, and you need to consider Johnson at any point of the first round.
  4. David Johnson 2015 Preseason Outlook
    One of the stars of this year's combine, Johnson parlayed impressive performances in almost every drill into a third-round selection by the Cardinals. While his 6-foot-1, 224-pound frame gives him the appearance of a power back, his skill set is more varied than your typical short-yardage specialist, and his pass-catching skills could eventually make him a three-down back. His career at Northern Iowa didn't always rise to the level of his workouts, however, and despite his size he didn't break too many tackles or hit holes with as much authority as expected. At the outset of training camp, Johnson sustained a Grade 2 hamstring strain, delaying his first practice to Aug. 17. The development precipitated the signing of veteran Chris Johnson, which could push the rookie down the depth chart and out of consideration for many touches to start the regular season. Acting in David Johnson's favor is Andre Ellington's injury history, but interested owners will have to weigh both sides of the equation before selecting him.
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Pushes pile for impressive score
RBArizona Cardinals
August 17, 2018
Johnson took six carries for 22 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for five yards in Friday's preseason game against the Saints.
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Could see more work this week
RBArizona Cardinals
August 14, 2018
Johnson, who logged just two carries for 28 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Chargers, could be in line for more action in Friday's preseason game against the Saints, the Cardinals' official site reports. "David didn't play last year," coach Steve Wilks said of his star running back, whose 2017 season ended after just 11 carries. "And you talk about the timing...I think it's important he plays quite a bit. When I say quite a bit, I'm talking my standards."
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Looks back to pre-injury form
RBArizona Cardinals
August 11, 2018
Johnson had two carries for 28 yards in Sunday's preseason win over the Chargers.
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Reports to camp
RBArizona Cardinals
July 23, 2018
Johnson reported to the Cardinals' facility Monday, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Seeking new contract
RBArizona Cardinals
June 12, 2018
Johnson will not participate in this week's mandatory minicamp as part of a holdout for a contract extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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