Bruce Arians: David Johnson ‘has a chance to be one of the all-time best’
The name might be generic but the game certainly isn’t for Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson.
Johnson, who enjoyed a stellar rookie campaign in 2015 with 581 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, recently drew high praise from Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Arians said that Johnson “has a chance to be one of the all-time best,” per Kent Somers of AZCentral.
Arians on David Johnson: "he has a chance to be one of the all-time best"
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) February 24, 2016
The 24-year-old Johnson managed to put up those numbers last year despite competing with Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington for carries. With CJ2K now a free agent and Ellington largely unable to stay healthy, the Northern Iowa product has the opportunity to be Arizona’s three-down workhorse back next season, which is where he could become truly scary.
An explosive runner that moves well between the tackles and can factor in the passing game, both in protection or as a receiver, Johnson’s upside is stratospheric. Working behind one of the better offensive lines in the NFL, if Johnson does indeed get the lion’s share of touches in a high-octane Arizona offense next season, he might start living up to Arians’ lofty pronouncement.