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Cardinals' David Johnson aims for 1,000-1,000 season in 2019

Apr
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4/14/2019 12:56:06 PM
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Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson first publicly stated his lofty goal-1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season-and he remains committed to it in 2019 according to Grant Gordon of NFL.com.

“My biggest motivation is still 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving,” Johnson said.  “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.”

Johnson came close in 2016 with 1,239 rushing yards and 879 receiving yards.  Only 67 times in NFL history has a player combined for 2,000 yards rushing and receiving.  His 2017 season was derailed by a wrist injury in Week 1 and in 2018 the entire team struggled offensively, with Johnson rushing for 940 yards  and adding 446 receiving in a questionable scheme that often underutilized their best player.

In 2019, the new offense of rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury could make it easier for Johnson to rack up receiving yards but Kingsbury's offenses at Texas Tech emphasized passing over rushing.  Whatever the split between rushing and receiving, Johnson hopes to get more than the 298 total touches he had in 2018, which was well below his 373-touch season from 2016.

Still only 27 years old, Johnson has plenty of tread left on his tires and deserves to be the focal point of the team's offense.  That offense cannot really get put into place, however, until the Cardinals figure out whether they are going to draft Heisman Trophy-winning QB Kyler Murray at No.1-overall or still with second-year QB Josh Rosen.


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