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Arians: David Johnson has a chance to be one of the all-time best

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24:  David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball in the first half against the Carolina Panthers during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim raved about running back David Johnson in an interview last week, saying “it’s scary” to see how good Johnson is when watching tape of the 2015 season.

Keim isn’t the only person in the organization who thinks the sky is the limit for Johnson as he heads into his second pro season. At the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was asked if he thought Johnson was already one of the best running backs in the league.

“I can’t say after one year’s work that he is one of the best, but he’s got a chance to be one of the all-time best,” Arians said.

Chris Johnson said this week that he’d like to return to the Cardinals for a second season and that the team is interested in bringing him back as well. Should both Johnsons be in the fold, it wouldn’t leave much room for 2013 sixth-round pick Andre Ellington. Keim pointed out Wednesday that Ellington hasn’t helped himself by missing 10 games over the last two seasons.

“We love his skill set, but it’s no secret the guy has had durability problems,” Keim said, via the Arizona Republic. “As an organization, you have expectations and if a guy doesn’t fulfill those expectations, you may have to move on.”

Given the organization’s feelings about David Johnson, moving on from Ellington probably won’t be that hard if that’s the determination made this year.

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23 Responses to “Arians: David Johnson has a chance to be one of the all-time best”
  1. eetadick says: Feb 24, 2016 4:33 PM

    Hey Arains, until you win something, shut up for a while

  2. freddypatsfan says: Feb 24, 2016 4:35 PM

    In that case coach, 1st round fantasy pick for me

  3. clashpoint says: Feb 24, 2016 4:44 PM

    David Johnson and all-time best in the same sentence?! Whoa whoa settle down over there! Time to go home, MrArians. It’s closing and you’re drunk.

    With the luck the Cards have had recently with backfield binge injuries – qbs in 2014 and rbs last year in 15, they need all the depth they can get.

  4. shaggytoodle says: Feb 24, 2016 4:44 PM

    He was very good when getting playing time last season and while I can’t call anyone the best of all time after one season. I think Johnson could be similar to Matt Forte and I don’t think any of the Zona fans would complain about that.

  5. touchdownelvis says: Feb 24, 2016 4:50 PM

    Second pro season, not third. He was a rookie last year.

  6. charliecharger says: Feb 24, 2016 4:54 PM

    Steve Keim has done a great job of bringing in top level talent. And everyone always thought the Cardinals couldn’t win as long as the Bidwell’s owned the team. Actually, all they needed was a good GM.

  7. 6thsense10 says: Feb 24, 2016 4:57 PM

    David Johnson is one of those players that pops out at you on the field. Before I really knew who he was I saw him pop for a 20 or 30 yard run and I was like whoa who is that.

    He also is good catching out the backfield which in today’s NFL is a must for running backs. All time best is a bit much but I expect a lot from him.

  8. kevin777w says: Feb 24, 2016 5:02 PM

    I knew that all last season. My question is why didn’t you go ahead and play him earlier? As soon as Ellington was injured David Johnson should have been the starter, not Chris Johnson. You made all the fantasy players who owned David wait till the season was almost over to get the production we could have been getting all year. David Johnson is a beast!

  9. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 24, 2016 5:10 PM

    Let’s see, the Cardinals played 2 good teams last season, and Johnson had like 6 yards in a 36-6 home loss to the Seahawks and 8 yards in a 49-15 loss to the Panthers.

    Yeah Bruce shut up until you win something. Which won’t be until after Pete Carroll retires.

  10. atwatercrushesokoye says: Feb 24, 2016 5:13 PM

    Oh good, we’ve reached the point in the offseason where every player going into years 2-4, on every team, has the chance to be one of the best ever. Then we’ll hit “free agent X that we added will be one of the best in the league with us this year” then it’ll slow down at the draft but as soon as the mini-camps hit we’ll hear about how every player drafted looks like an all-pro and an absolute steal. Then training camp will hit and we’ll hear about how players who have disappointed early in their careers look ready for their big breakout and this is the year, which will be followed by them being cut in September.

    Same things said every year.

  11. joker65 says: Feb 24, 2016 5:27 PM

    He’s got a chance. A small chance but a chance nonetheless

  12. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 24, 2016 5:43 PM

    I take Arians with a grain of salt. Like him but he sure talks a lot. Definitely hitched his wagon to the wrong QB. Palmer is a hall of fame choker

  13. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says: Feb 24, 2016 6:00 PM

    so you’re saying there’s a chance……

  14. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Feb 24, 2016 6:11 PM

    charliecharger says:
    Steve Keim has done a great job of bringing in top level talent. And everyone always thought the Cardinals couldn’t win as long as the Bidwell’s owned the team. Actually, all they needed was a good GM.
    ——————————-
    Actually, when Bill B. handed it over to Michael, that’s when things really started to change.

  15. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Feb 24, 2016 6:13 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Let’s see, the Cardinals played 2 good teams last season, and Johnson had like 6 yards in a 36-6 home loss to the Seahawks and 8 yards in a 49-15 loss to the Panthers.
    _____________________

    Janis is always good for a chuckle. PS, since you probably didn’t watch the game, Johnson was about the only player playing like he wanted it against the Panthers.

  16. captainwhodat says: Feb 24, 2016 6:30 PM

    don’t know about one of the all-time best after one year but, Chris Johnson, you are a back-up on a SB contending team…not a bad place to wind up your career…

  17. schmitty2 says: Feb 24, 2016 6:49 PM

    I know the Eagles wouldn’t disagree.

  18. patsbrat says: Feb 24, 2016 7:17 PM

    A backfield of Johnson & Johnson.

    Makes me think of bandaids but David is for real. Chris can still make plays but obviously is past his prime.

  19. patsbrat says: Feb 24, 2016 7:30 PM

    eetadick says:
    Feb 24, 2016 4:33 PM

    Hey Arains, until you win something, shut up for a while
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    He did win coach of the year a few years back. And getting to the NFC championship should be worth some respect.

  20. mutantman87 says: Feb 25, 2016 1:07 AM

    Haha, that’s what Jaws said about Kaepernick a couple years ago, too. Lots of players “could” or “have the chance.”

  21. 34defense2014 says: Feb 25, 2016 6:50 AM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) You’re ether a Moron, or do not watch NFL football? Which one is it? Because, if you know anything about Pro-football?? You would know this kid is a BEAST! It’s just not Arians saying that. A lot of people who know the Sport a lot better then you and me, are saying this young Halfback is “THAT GOOD!” They’re talking about this Kid in NY, so “Wait-What” are you talking about??!! I’m not even a Card’s fan, and I can see how good this Kid is going to be!!!

  22. therealtrenches says: Feb 25, 2016 7:58 AM

    Man…does Arians ever stop blowing his own horn? Best ever? Get ahead of yourself much, bruce?

  23. fanofpft says: Feb 25, 2016 6:32 PM

    BA Capt. crown them after one year.

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