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Cardinals’ David Johnson clearly isn’t happy about his role in Arizona

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If you picked Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson in fantasy football, you’re undoubtedly disappointed.

It’s unsurprising that Johnson himself is also disappointed. After starting the season as the lead back in the desert, Johnson saw his role slowly but surely reduced to this point. Now he finds himself relegated to a backup role behind Kenyan Drake. Johnson opened up about his feelings on his current role to Jess Root of the Cardinals Wire.

“It’s been tough. Any guy in the NFL, they want to get on the field. It’s tough when you’re not on there.” Johnson said.

Who can blame Johnson for feeling a little upset? He started the year as the anticipated focal point of the offense. Having his job leeched away week by week must have been pure torture. On the bright side, things could be looking up for the Northern Iowa product. He had five touches in week 14, which was the highest number of touches since week 10. It may not be much, but at least it’s something.

Drake, a midseason acquisition from the Miami Dolphins, has been merely adequate since joining the Cardinals. He’s averaging 4.1 yards per carry, a subpar rate. He hasn’t been great in the receiving game either, tallying only 121 yards through the air in five contests with Arizona.