Cardinals RB David Johnson loves the fact Arizona brought in a fullback
Following a disappointing season that was cut short by a wrist injury, Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl running back David Johnson is set to make his return to the field for the 2018 campaign.
With him back in the fold, new head coach Steve Wilks has immediately made it clear that the team plans to emphasize running the ball that was made clear with the addition of veteran fullback Derrick Coleman earlier this month. In response to that move, Johnson voiced his appreciation for the help to make his job in the running game a bit simpler, according to Kent Somers of AZcentral Sports.
“It’s nice always have more blockers in the run game,” he said. “I think it makes my job a little easier, having those guys being able to pick up linebackers, D-ends (defensive ends) or anybody on that defensive side. It makes my read a little bit easier.”
The move to add a fullback also underlines that the Cardinals plan to utilize Johnson in the running in a significant capacity as he has proven to be one of the game’s best all-around running backs. He’s just two year’s removed from his breakout campaign where he set franchise records for yards from scrimmage (2,118) and touchdowns (20) that helped earn a Pro Bowl Selection and a first-team All-Pro nod.
Johnson will likely be the focal point of the offense given his ability to impact the game heavily as both as a runner and receiver out of the backfield.
Back in the 2016 season, he has notched 80 catches for 879 receiving yards and four touchdowns, which lead the league in receiving yards for running backs. New offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will likely continue to lean on Johnson’s versatility by moving him around in the backfield along with motioning him out of it at times to keep opposing defenses off balance.
Beyond that, it is clear that Johnson will be a big part of the offensive puzzle next season as the Cardinals look to finally get back on track as a playoff contender.