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RB Chris Johnson - Arizona Cardinals

5-11, 197Born: 9-23-1985College: East CarolinaDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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General News (Wed Oct 7): contemplated retirement after his right shoulder was wounded in a shooting during the offseason. Johnson didn't have use of his right hand for almost three months after the shooting. Johnson is averaging 19.3 carries per start and being utilized in the passing and running game.

Week 5: at Detroit Lions

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Andre Ellington's sore knee (PCL strain) didn't come around by game time, so Chris Johnson led the Cardinals' rushing attack last week with 16/83/0 rushing and 3/11/0 receiving vs. St. Louis. David Johnson had an up-and-down game in which head coach Bruce Arians said D. Johnson 'played like a rookie' (10 targets for 4/63/1 receiving, with a fumble lost and 3/18/0 rushing). It looks like Chris Johnson is the lead dog in this attack entering Week Five, but Ellington might earn back some change-of-pace duties from David Johnson going forwards thanks to the spotty effort by David Johnson last weekend. Denver could only muster 19/41/1 rushing vs. the Lions two weeks ago, but Seattle ran up 31/110/0 on the Detroit defensive front on Monday Night Football - to date, Detroit is ranked 17th in the NFL averaging 111.5 rushing yards allowed per game, with five rushing scores given up to date. This is a neutral matchup for Chris Johnson and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NO 18 10 37 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.7
2 at CHI 34 20 72 0 1 0 0 0 0 7.2
3 vs SF 37 22 110 2 2 1 40 0 0 27
4 vs STL 38 16 83 0 3 3 11 0 0 9.4
5 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 14 * * 1 * * * *
5 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 1 * * * *
5 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 16 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs STL (16 / 83 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

Chris Johnson continued to look like a resurged running back, posting an impression 5.3 yards per carry against a dominant defensive line. The return of Mike Iupati at left guard brought immediate dividends with some impressive holes opened, and should only continue to aid the running game as he shakes off some of his rust. Johnson ran tough in between the tackles and looked explosive when getting to the second-level, but the Cardinals inability to run laterally haunted them all game, but no more so than their first red-zone trip. After a pass interference call brought them to the 1-yard line, Johnson ran outside left on consecutive plays, losing a yard each time. A dropped pass by an open receiver on third down forced the Cardinals to settle for one of their many field goals on the afternoon.

2015 Week 3 vs SF (22 / 110 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 40 / 0 rec)

In the same week he turned 30 years old, Chris Johnson somehow managed to turn back the clock to 2009 for a vintage, explosive performance. Johnson eclipsed the 100-yard mark alone this week on a very respectable 5-yard/carry average, while tacking on another 40 receiving yards and two touchdowns on the day. His long of the day, a 30-yard run after a San Francisco defender jumped offside, showed the quickness and agility of the Chris Johnson we used to know, but with an added desire to finish runs with strength and force that weren't always apparent in the past. This toughness has arguably been his most impressive feature since joining the Cardinals. He is grinding out tough yards in between the tackles and his willingness as a pass-blocker has been key on many of the Cardinals biggest plays the last 2 weeks. This same San Francisco defense shutdown Adrian Peterson in week one, but yesterday Johnson simply outmatched them. Andre Ellington, who missed his second consecutive game, is expected back next week making the division of carries difficult to predict, but when given the opportunity, Johnson still appears every bit as much the feature back he once was.

2015 Week 2 vs CHI (20 / 72 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Nothing about Johnson's performance was particularly flashy, but he provided a consistency in the run game that complimented the success of the passing game perfectly. While his longest run of the day was only an 8-yard gain, he was only tackled-for-a-loss once on Sunday. Combined with the explosive plays from David Johnson, the Cardinals eclipsed 100 rushing yards again and appear to be a significantly improved from last year's makeshift group. The likely return of LG Mike Iupati next week should only continue to bolster the unit going forward. Chris must also be given credit for some gutsy pass-blocking that saw him take some hard hits but hold on long enough to allow Palmer the necessary time to make big plays.

2015 Week 1 vs NO (10 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Johnson looked quick and proficient in his limited duty on Sunday, spelling Ellington initially before finishing the game as the lead back once Ellington got hurt. He may no longer be the 4.2-40 back he was at the onset of his career, but in this role and with an improving offensive line, he is more than capable of giving this team the running threat it needs going forward in Ellington's absence.


Latest News

Cardinals | David Johnson to lose playing time (Thu Oct 8, 08:29 AM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson will lose playing time with RB Andre Ellington (knee) on the mend. RB Chris Johnson figures to be the featured back with Ellington behind him. 'It's not hard, because the young guy (David Johnson) sits down,' head coach Bruce Arians said.

Our View: Chris Johnson looks like a borderline RB2/RB3 play this week, with Ellington a cautious deep RB3 start. David Johnson will see too few carries to trust as any more than a risky RB5.
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Cardinals | Chris Johnson almost retired (Wed Oct 7, 01:31 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson contemplated retirement after his right shoulder was wounded in a shooting during the offseason. Johnson didn't have use of his right hand for almost three months after the shooting. Johnson is averaging 19.3 carries per start and being utilized in the passing and running game.

Our View: Not shocking - a brush with death will make you think about taking some time off. Especially after a shaky tenure with the Jets. He's found new energy, playing very well. We see him as a solid Rb3 this week against Detroit.
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Cardinals | Chris Johnson highly productive (Wed Oct 7, 10:26 AM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson has 244 yards (193 rush, 51 receiving) from scrimmage with two touchdowns the last two weeks.

Our View: Johnson found the fountain of youth Steve Smith and Larry Fitzgerald have dipped into during this young season, With three straight solid games, Johnson has become a consistent Rb2/RB3. On paper, the matchup with Detroit isn't awesome, so we have him as a solid RB3.
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Cardinals | Arizona offensive weapons thriving (Tue Oct 6, 06:13 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald leads the league in touchdown catches (five) and is third in receiving yards (432) through four games this year. QB Carson Palmer is second in touchdown passes (10) to Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (11). RB Chris Johnson is ranked fifth in the NFL with 302 rushing yards, and he's averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

Our View: The Bruce Arians offense is quite kind to fantasy owners. The team is doing all this with WR Michael Floyd and RB Andre Ellington banged up. They should be even more explosive when those two are closer to full strength.

Cardinals | Chris Johnson delivers again (Sun Oct 4, 11:33 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson had 16 carries for 83 yards and three catches for 11 yards in a 24-22 loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week 4.

Our View: Johnson is the starter and has the high floor outlook for Arizona heading to Detroit next week. He could still keep this role after Andre Ellington returns.
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