Cardinals news: David Johnson's 'biggest motivation' is to have a 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in one season
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Cardinals RB David Johnson’s ‘biggest motivation’ is to have a 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in one season

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Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is coming off of a rather underwhelming 2018 campaign, but that isn’t stopping him from thinking big for the future.

Johnson says that he has hopes of having a season where he registers both 1,000 yards on the ground and as a receiver, citing the fact that he almost did it back in 2016 as for why it is a realistic goal.

“My biggest motivation is still 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving,” said Johnson, according to Grant Gordon of NFL.com. “That’s what I’m always going to try to strive to just because I was so close in 2016. … I think I still have the same mentality of trying to get that.”

If he wants to achieve that feat, he will have to be quite bit more productive than he was this past season, when he rushed for 940 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging a meager 3.6 yards per carry. He also hauled in 50 receptions for 446 yards and three scores, so he wasn’t even halfway toward reaching his receiving goal.

In Johnson’s defense, however, the Cardinals’ offense as a whole was mess in 2018, and he is under the impression that he will be getting the ball more next season, which should up his numbers.

“My role this upcoming season, from talking to the coaches, is that I’m going to hopefully get the ball a little more,” Johnson said. “Really, it’s just how much I can learn and be able to attain with the playbook that’s really going to determine how much I play and how much I do as far as the offense.”