RB David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals
|6-1, 224||Born: 12-16-1991||College: Northern Iowa||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2015|
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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
2019 Week 16 vs SEA (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Johnson sparsely played against Seattle as Kenyan Drake continued to produce well as the team's unquestioned starter. Johnson broke a tackle on a red zone reception of note but was otherwise held in check on his limited touches. Johnson has a massive (and uncuttable by dead cap) contract for next season despite his slide to the secondary role down the stretch.
2019 Week 15 vs CLE (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson barely played, yet again, as the clear second option to Kenyan Drake's starting status against the Browns. Johnson did have an impressive run among his limited opportunities, beating backfield penetration and turning a loss into a five-yard gain in the first half. Without an injury to Kenyan Drake, Johnson is looking at a disappointing end to the season after a quality opening six weeks pre-injury.
2019 Week 14 vs PIT (3 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 34 / 1 rec)
Johnson played a clear secondary role to Kenyan Drake against the Steelers, but signs of life were present for the veteran back as he showed better movement than recent weeks. Johnson did not see the field until the mid-second quarter but had three highlight runs showing patience to the edge and on another occasion breaking a tackle and turning a loss into a positive play. Johnson was the highlight player of Arizona's struggling passing game this week as well with a split-out chunk touchdown on one of Kyler Murray's best passes of the game. The Browns suspect run defense is up next if Johnson can continue his positive momentum.
2019 Week 13 vs LAR (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Johnson played behind Kenyan Drake yet again and struggled - along with the rest of the offense - against the Rams. Johnson had two non-descript receivers, one as a split out receiver, buried in the second half of the blowout loss.
2019 Week 11 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson sparsely played against the 49ers as Kenyan Drake has emerged as the clear starter since his arrival from Miami. Johnson, working through his own injuries, is a shaky bet to see significant work until further notice, seeing only nine snaps and no touches against the 49ers.
2019 Week 10 vs TB (5 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Johnson returned from a two-game absence to a minimal role against Tampa Bay. He started the game but sparsely saw the ball with six touches and looked sluggish compared to his earlier-season self. Amidst his forgettable game was a lost fumble on a reception while in scoring range, stalling a promising drive. While not overly successful himself, newly acquired Kenyan Drake logged 16 touches this week as the clear preferred option despite Johnson returning to active status.
2019 Week 7 vs NYG (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson was stuffed on an early first quarter carry before exiting the game against the Giants, never to return to action. Chase Edmonds ran with the feature role to the tune of 150 total yards and three touchdowns. Johnson's known back injury has prompted Arizona to work out veteran running backs of note in advance of Week 8 as an ominous sign for Johnson's short-term availability considering Arizona's rail-thin running back depth chart.
2019 Week 6 vs ATL (12 / 34 / 1 rush, 8 / 6 / 68 / 1 rec)
Johnson was a question mark on his Week 6 status with a lingering back issue from Week 5, missing the end of the game. However, Johnson was active and atop Arizona's depth chart in snap rotation and touches. Johnson was held in check as a runner with a 15+ yard gain with a strong interior cut as his lone highlight. Johnson did convert a goal line carry for a score after being stuffed on two other occasions earlier in the game and later on a third-and-short conversion. Johnson did his best work as a receiver, being split out regularly and leading the team with eight targets, the fourth time in six games logging at least seven looks in the passing game. Johnson aligned as a split-out receiver regularly with his highlight catch coming on a deep end zone fade, through defensive pass interference, for the mid-fourth quarter touchdown. Johnson emerged from the game without fanfare regarding his back injury entering the week.
2019 Week 5 vs CIN (17 / 91 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 65 / 0 rec)
Johnson missed some of the Bengals game with his back 'locking up', but still saw 20 touches and performing well through a strong snap share. Johnson had his best game on the ground of the season, topping 90 yards and logging three different runs of at least 10 yards. Johnson did not find the end zone but showed a quality run on a successful red zone run as his best opportunity for a score. Through the air is where Johnson had his greatest impact with two chunk plays as a downfield receiver, both showing chemistry with Kyler Murray. The Falcons struggled in Week 1 with Dalvin Cook and David Johnson presents a similar two-way skillset for their Week 6 matchup in Arizona.
2019 Week 4 vs SEA (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 99 / 0 rec)
Arizona did not stick with the run game for long against Seattle as they trailed from nearly the outset. Johnson was regularly used as a receiver, including from a split-out alignment, as the leading receiver (yardage and targets) for the team. Johnson had two receptions total 60 yards of his game's tally, one on a breath-taking Kyler Murray play to elude rushers and find Johnson over the middle. Johnson had a 15-yard rush in garbage time to make his pedestrian rushing stat line look even more bleak otherwise. Johnson will look for a better game script against Cincinnati next week.
2019 Week 3 vs CAR (11 / 37 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 28 / 1 rec)
Johnson was a second on the team in targets, corralling six receptions to match his Week 1 total and season-high mark. Arizona struggled to stick with the run against Carolina as they fell behind and their offensive line was a weak unit all game. Johnson found the end zone on a perfectly designed (and timed) throwback as Johnson broke a tackle on his way for the red zone score. Johnson did well in short-yardage situations, converting three carries on third or fourth-and one in the game. Johnson had only one chunk run of note, exploiting a huge hole and breaking a tackle for 15 yards, nearly half of his meager rushing total for the game. Johnson nearly added a second touchdown as he was tackled on a red zone carry just before the goal line. Arizona has shown minimal allegiance (or offensive line competency) to stick with the run game for long over the past two weeks as Johnson has 18 carries over the span with Seattle up next.
2019 Week 2 vs BAL (7 / 14 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
While dominating the market share of the Arizona backfield, Johnson mired through a tough matchup and performance in Baltimore. Johnson missed a chunk of the second quarter with a wrist injury but returned to action. Johnson was stuffed on a screen pass, curiously his lone target of the game and was stifled on the ground outside of a walk-in goal line touchdown late in the second half. Johnson looks to rebound against Carolina next week.
2019 Week 1 vs DET (18 / 82 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 55 / 1 rec)
Johnson was the absolutely workhorse against Detroit, rarely leaving the field for a breather. Johnson's receiving upside was unlocked compared to 2018 as he saw a healthy seven targets and made a highlight touchdown catch down the seam. On the downside, Johnson had a single realistic touchdown opportunity on the ground, running out of bounds at the one-yard-line, logged a drop, and had a chunk run called back by penalty. Solid running lanes were more prevalent than last season with the new Kliff Kingsbury offense and the threat of Kyler Murray alongside Johnson in the backfield. Johnson faces the stingy Baltimore defense in Week 2, which held the hapless Dolphins to 10 carries for 12 yards in Week 1.
Latest NewsCardinals | David Johnson contract outlook (Mon Jan 13, 09:36 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is due to count $14.156 million against the 2020 salary cap. Moving on from him would cost the Cardinals $16.2 million in dead money. Our View: The Cardinals have an interesting decision coming up with Johnson. Should the Cardinals wait until 2021 to part ways with Johnson, the dead money will be only $3 million with a savings of $9 million. Arizona would have to eat $6 million of remaining prorated signing bonus money if Johnson is traded.
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