The Best #31 in the NFL: David Johnson

David Johnson | Arizona Cardinals | Running Back

Johnson is entering the third year of his rookie deal.

Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 224

Date of Birth: 12/16/1991 (25)

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

College: Northern Iowa

Draft: 2015, Round 3, Pick 86

Contract: 4 years, $2.992 million, through 2018

Since the founding of the National Football League, only two players, Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk, have ever hit 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.

Enter the most likely candidate to join that club. David Johnson’s 2016 season was nothing short of incredible. In his first full year as a starter, Johnson run 293 times for 1,239 yards, and 16 touchdowns; and caught 80 passes for 879 yards, and 4 touchdowns. The Cardinals were all in on Johnson hitting 1,000 receiving yards too. If it weren’t for a knee injury early in their week 17 game against the Rams… Who knows?

Bruce Arians has already said he wants to get Johnson more involved in 2017. That’s a scary prospect for a guy who had 373 touches in 2016, but it does make sense. With father time ticking away at Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald, Johnson is no doubt the centerpiece of the Arizona offense. The biggest question will be not if he can be the best running back in the NFL, it’s if his body can hold up for 16 games of 25-30 touches a game.

I’m doing something I don’t normally do. I’m predicting it now. David Johnson will join the 1000-1000 Club this season. Expect 1,300 rushing yards, 1,000 receiving yards, and more than 20 total touchdowns for DJ in 2017.

Awards and Accolades:

1x First-team All-Pro (2016)
1x Pro Bowl (2016)

Honorable Mentions: Kam Chancellor, Byron Jones


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