David Johnson thinks Cardinals will have ‘a really good offense’
David Johnson had a disappointing 2018 season. After missing virtually the entire 2017 campaign due to injury, he was hoping to bounce back in a big way. Instead, the Arizona Cardinals ended up having a miserable season, and the whole offense suffered under Steve Wilks.
But with Kliff Kingsbury now at the helm and Kyler Murray under center, there’s a renewed sense of optimism surrounding the team.
Johnson has been getting his first reps in Kingsbury’s offense at OTAs, and he’s liked what he’s seen so far.
“It’s been going great. I think it’s going to be a really good offense,” Johnson said Wednesday after practice, per Kevin Zimmerman of Arizonasports.com. “I think it’ll be similar to 2016 but probably more shotgun’s our home, which is good because I did that in college and we had a running quarterback. I think I’ll be utilized as a running back and receiver.”
“I think it’s going to be really helpful, only having to worry about one guy trying to tackle you as opposed to three, four guys loading the box.”
Johnson burst onto the scene with a monster 2016 season under Bruce Arians, and he looked like the next great running back in the league. But then a wrist injury cost him all but one game in 2017, and then 2018 happened.
The Cardinals offense as a whole never got into a rhythm last year, and Johnson ended up averaging only 3.6 yards per carry and rushing for less than 1,000 yards.
Kingsbury has been hailed as an offensive guru, and the stuff he’ll be running will be innovative if nothing else.
Johnson showed elite receiving skills in 2016, but the Cards barely had him running routes last year. Kingsbury will surely change that.