Cardinals RB David Johnson aiming to join exclusive 1,000/1,000 club in 2018
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is back on the field after missing virtually all of last year with a wrist injury. Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks has already expressed his excitement at what he’s seen from his star back so far in offseason workouts. Johnson’s latest comments about his health status and his goal for the 2018 season should also get his new coach pumped up.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Johnson says he’s “100 percent healthy” and “stronger than he’s ever been” following his injury-shortened season. The All-Pro back also has his sights set on finally joining former 49ers star Roger Craig and Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk as the only players in history to gain at least 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season.
Johnson very nearly joined that very exclusive club back in his breakout 2016 season as he came 121 receiving yards short. He made it his goal to break into that club last year, but he was obviously unable to follow through on that goal due to injury.
Johnson will have to get used to a new offense this season led by new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. But that new offense will most likely feature his terrific skillset both on the ground and through the air.
Johnson has already expressed his enthusiasm with playing with a fullback for the first time in his career, which should help open more lanes for him on the ground. He could also see his role in the passing game expand even further, with the Cardinals possessing few reliable receiving weapons besides Larry Fitzgerald.
If he manages to stay healthy this time around, Johnson should have a decent shot at achieving the lofty statistical goal he’s set for himself this season.