RB David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals
|6-1, 224||Born: 12-16-1991||College: Northern Iowa||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2015|
Week 12: at Los Angeles Chargers
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
David Johnson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs KC (21 / 98 / 1 rush, 9 / 7 / 85 / 1 rec)
With a strong matchup against Kansas City, Johnson took full advantage of his dual-threat role with 183 total yards, two touchdowns, and 28 touches. Arizona's offense struggled overall, but Johnson was a clear beacon of light as a star performer. As a receiver, Johnson was at his best, winning on a wheel route on two occasions, once for an easy touchdown and another adjusting to a back shoulder throw. Johnson was a sustaining element on the ground early in the game, churning out quality gains, but Arizona trailing in the second half shifted Johnson's opportunities to the air as the game progressed. Chase Edmonds nearly scored on a red zone carry, but after being tackled at the one-yard-line, Johnson entered the game and collected the goal line score. After his season-best performance, Johnson gets another optimal matchup next week against Oakland.
2018 Week 8 vs SF (16 / 59 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Johnson and the Arizona offensive line struggled mightily on runs between the tackles with his main rushing success coming when bouncing plays to the perimeter against San Francisco. The biggest plus this week was Johnson's added involvement as a receiver, including snaps as a split out option. Johnson galloped for more than 10 yards on three of his receptions. There were no touchdown opportunities as Arizona scored from intermediate range, but Johnson gets the suspect-at-best Kansas City defense after Arizona's Week 8 bye.
2018 Week 7 vs DEN (14 / 39 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Johnson faced another negative game script with few quality blocking attempts as a runner against Denver's defense in the blowout loss. Johnson has survived in recent weeks with point-blank touchdown opportunities, but there were none this week as Arizona rarely pieced together first downs on a drive. Johnson's best plays were created on his own, working through contact and one notably where he spun away from a defender for a chunk gain. As a receiver, Johnson did see a handful of snaps as a split out receiver, catching a slot slant pass as his highlight. The 49ers next week offer reason for optimism and a more positive game script.
2018 Week 6 vs MIN (18 / 55 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
The search for optimizing Johnson's offensive touches continued against the Vikings. On the plus side, Johnson converted a goal line opportunity to salvage a touchdown, but he had more missteps than positive ones. Johnson uncharacteristically dropped a red zone target and lost a fumble as well as being stuffed on a fourth-and-one carry at the goal line. The positive plays were limited to such an extent, Johnson's 10-yard run in the second half, powering through defenders, stood out for his performance. Screen passes and being lined up as a receiver have been fleeting moments through six games and despite 20 touches for the second straight week, Johnson has not eclipsed 80 total yards in either.
2018 Week 5 vs SF (18 / 55 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw 20 or more touches for a second straight game, but the lack of variety to his work was alarming. Johnson was consistency pounded into the teeth of the 49ers defense, where there was minimal room to work all game. Johnson did power in for two short-range touchdowns, both grinding against contact at the goal line. Johnson's notable receiving work included breaking two tackles on a flat route reception to turn a loss into a positive play. The offensive line and play-calling has done Johnson no favors to-date this season with tough matchups of Minnesota and Denver up next.
2018 Week 4 vs SEA (22 / 71 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
After topping out at 16 touches in a game through three weeks, David Johnson was the foundation back of the offense in Week 4 with 25 touches and 112 total yards. While Arizona still showed limitations as a passing offense, Johnson exhibited strong cuts on multiple chunk runs of 10+ yards, finding the backside of the play. Johnson converted his lone short-range opportunity with a goal line touchdown and utilized quality blocking for 30+ yards on a screen reception. On the negative side, Johnson lost a fumble and the sustaining element to Johnson's production for the offense was lacking as his few chunk plays were surrounded by tough-sledding due to the lacking run-blocking offensive line. The best news for Johnson is the overall volume (25 touches) and season-high 41 receiving yards, both staples to his game.
2018 Week 3 vs CHI (12 / 31 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)
Johnson was discussed as the 'squeaky wheel' during the week by the Arizona coaching staff to need more touches and passing game involvement. Despite a close game throughout against the Bears, Johnson had 16 touches. It was tough sledding for Johnson as a runner with his most pronounced run being a mere nine yards. As a receiver, however, Johnson had two highlight moments. The first was a corner route for a touchdown as Johnson beat a linebacker with ease. The other was a swing reception and Johnson beat three defenders after the catch for more than 10 yards. Sadly, Johnson's 16 touches are a season-high thus far as Arizona has struggled to maintain drives, venture into the red zone with any frequency, and involve Johnson much as a receiver. One promising note is Arizona may move forward with Josh Rosen under center after Sam Bradford's three straight games of lackluster results.
2018 Week 2 vs LAR (13 / 48 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
The offensive struggles for Arizona have stifled David Johnson's opportunities through two games. This week against the Rams was worse than Week 1 as Johnson had one positive play in the first half on his own accord, a spin move to gain additional yardage on their opening drive. The two most notable observations were Johnson's lack of snaps late in the game in lieu of Chase Edmonds mopping up garbage time and the lack of use in the passing game for Johnson, a cornerstone trait in years past. Johnson had a reception called back by penalty, but the lack of a downfield presence in the passing game and being unable to sustain drives is a major limitation to David Johnson's production through two games.
2018 Week 1 vs WAS (9 / 37 / 1 rush, 9 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)
After playing only one game in 2017 due to a wrist injury, Johnson returned to the field against Washington in Week 1. A mere 14 touches is a light day at the office for Johnson, but Arizona struggled to sustain drives and was dominated in time of possession in the first half specifically. Johnson was involved early in the game with two runs of more than 10 yards, exhibiting strong cuts. However, he did not flash again until the late third quarter as Arizona's offense as a whole struggled to stay on the field. Johnson did find the end zone with a goal line plunge as Arizona's lone touchdown in the game. As the Cardinals played catch up, Johnson did uncharacteristically drop two passes among his nine targets, second on the team.
Latest NewsCardinals | David Johnson runs wild in loss (Sun Nov 18, 09:55 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed 25 times for a season-high 137 yards and caught one pass for 17 yards in a 23-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 11. link to story Cardinals | David Johnson has giant game (Sun Nov 11, 08:31 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed 21 times for 98 yards and a touchdown in the Week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and he added seven catches for 85 yards and a score. link to story
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