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Steve Keim is giddy about David Johnson

Arizona Cardinals' David Johnson runs during the first half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers,  Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) AP

The Arizona Cardinals turned to Chris Johnson in 2015 in hopes of bringing life to a running game that has been lacking pop in recent seasons.

But it’s a different Johnson, David Johnson, that grabbed the attention of everyone in the Cardinals organization last season.

After being selected in the third round of the draft last May, Johnson didn’t get many opportunities early in the season. However, Johnson started the final five games of the season after Chris Johnson went on injured reserve in early December. Johnson rushed for at least 90 yards in three of the four games in which he received at least 10 carries.

Johnson’s breakout performance came against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15 when he rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries in Arizona’s 40-17 victory.

Performances like that have Cardinals general manager Steve Keim excited about Johnson’s future with the team.

Just going back and looking at some of things David did on our tape just recently, from a skill set standpoint, it’s scary,” Keim said, via’s Around the Podcast. “At 6-1, 226 pounds, a guy who can bend and make lateral cuts the way he does and have the ball skills and the matchup possibilities out of the backfield, he’s truly a three-down back that’s got the size and the strength to punish in the run game and he’s got the skill and the athleticism in the passing game, which is scary.”

Johnson averaged 88.4 yards per game in his five starts to close out the regular season with 4.9 yards per carry.

If Keim’s hopes for Johnson are realized, he could give the Cardinals their first consistent threat in the backfield since Edgerrin James left following the 2008 season.

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9 Responses to “Steve Keim is giddy about David Johnson”
  1. typicalnipple says: Feb 16, 2016 4:52 AM

    That’s a good word, giddy, to describe some people’s feelings for Big John Football.

  2. suhmonster90 says: Feb 16, 2016 6:46 AM

    Edgerrin James was considered a threat when playing for the Cardinals?

    Also, Philly seemed to spark alot of players last year. This year Chip Kelly goes from Billy Davis to Jim Oniell, so looks like David can count on two huge ones against the 9ers.

  3. bassplucker says: Feb 16, 2016 6:52 AM

    When I watch this kid I see Matt Forte only bigger, faster and better in short yardage. Cardinals fans should be thrilled to have this guy and the only regret their front office should have is that the coaches didn’t have him on the field much earlier in the season. I’m slightly biased living close to where he played his college ball but this guy is a player.

  4. fordmandalay says: Feb 16, 2016 8:42 AM

    Johnson is a beast, they’re solid at RB. Now the Cards have to find a QB to replace Carson Palmer, who they’re going exactly nowhere with.

  5. tonyinjax says: Feb 16, 2016 8:57 AM

    Didn’t they say the exact same thing about Ellington 2 seasons ago? Wash, rinse, repeat….

  6. captainwhodat says: Feb 16, 2016 9:12 AM

    unless CJ is ready to be a backup, his days are numbered as a Cardinal…

  7. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 16, 2016 3:30 PM

    The Cards played two good teams last year. They got 27 yards rushing against the Seahawks and lost 36-6. They got 15 yards rushing against the Panthers and lost 49-15.

    Keep looking.

  8. greenbridge27 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:23 PM


    I guess you forgot Ellington breaking a 40+ yarder to bury Seattle at “the link”. Green bay, Minnesota, Cincinnati, got to put the Rams in there (since they swept Seattle), yeah none are good teams. You amy have been a fan since 76 but you been a troll since birth

  9. greenbridge27 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:31 PM


    One more thing, Seattle played the same schedule minus two teams and finished with a worse record

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