The ultimate weapon out of the backfield, David Johnson has done well to solidify his case as arguably the NFL’s top offensive playmaker.
And the way his head coach sees it, with Johnson entering just his third season with the Arizona Cardinals, the sky is the limit.
Bruce Arians explained as much in an appearance on “Good Morning Football” on Wednesday, referencing just how close his star running back came to joining the 1,000/1,000 club.
“He should have had it last year,” Arians said, via Conor Orr of NFL.com. “He busted some routes in September that would have put him over easily. I was on his tail a little bit early in the season. I think he probably had a chance had he not gotten hurt in that last game, and thank goodness, knock on wood, he’s fine.
“But yeah, I don’t think there is a ceiling for him. He can run the football, he can start at wide receiver … so we just have to watch that we don’t overwork him.”
Finishing a season with over 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards would put Johnson in elite company. Only two players, Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig, have accomplished the feat in league history.
Johnson, who figures to be a popular No. 1 overall pick in upcoming fantasy football drafts, finished his spectacular sophomore season with 1,239 rushing yards, 879 receiving yards, and 20 total touchdowns.
Regardless of whether becomes the third member of the 1,000/1,000 club, the former third-rounder is unquestionable an all-purpose stud. And maintaining his production would be a great help in the Cardinals’ efforts to get back to the playoffs.
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