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David Johnson ready for 30 touches a game

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David Johnson is ready for whatever the Cardinals want to give him. Thirty touches? No worries, Johnson says.

“I feel like there’s room for me to definitely carry more,” Johnson told SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio at the National Fantasy Football Convention on Sunday. “I think the biggest thing is me learning and getting better and improving. So I feel like I can definitely get that 30 touches, not all rushing obviously, 30 touches per game.

“I feel like I definitely have the ability to do that just because I’m a young guy still in my first contract, feeling great — knee’s 100 percent, no problems — and I’m ready to go.”

Johnson averaged 16.7 touches per game in his first two seasons, including 23.3 last season. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said earlier this offseason he wants Johnson to get 30 touches a game. Johnson has had four career games with at least 30 touches, and another with 29.

Johnson noted how he, Ezekiel Elliott and Le’Veon Bell have put the tailback back into offenses. Now will teams pay them?

“We’re making the running back position more relevant, much more important,” Johnson said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “I feel like you need a running back to have a successful team. Hopefully starting with Le’Veon Bell getting the contract he deserves, hopefully that can jump start the running backs being more important in this league.”

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15 Responses to “David Johnson ready for 30 touches a game”
  1. mysterytonite says: Jul 16, 2017 3:10 PM

    Bottom line, if you don’t have a franchise qb to go toe to toe with Rogers or Brady they only thing you can do to beat them is play good defense and pound the rock at their defense. Slowing the game down by taking the air out of the ball and limiting the franchise qb’s to 2-3 less possessions a game gives teams the best chance to win.

    The tailback position is making a comeback due to these guys and they will be setting the new market for stud running backs. It may not be sexy but it is logical and practical at the moment. Not to mention, this is exactly what teams do anyway come December and into the playoffs in January. It’s time for stud running backs to crack 10 million again.

  2. andystandsup says: Jul 16, 2017 3:42 PM

    No RB has averaged 30 touches a game since 1984 and that was James Wilder who found himself outta the league soon after.
    AND Johnson will be 26 this season. NO RB has been older and received more than 28 touches per game in a season.

    Arians kinda spouted the “more carries” thing with Andre Ellington a few seasons ago. I’d consider the source.

  3. lingsun54 says: Jul 16, 2017 4:24 PM

    The more carries you get the less money you get over your whole career. Barry Sanders had games where he got less than 20 carries. He played for 10 years and left while he could still play. He never took big hits. He probably is in better health today than any other running back of his era who played a long time.

  4. yoursoulcollector says: Jul 16, 2017 4:44 PM

    Cards will run him into the ground because they don’t have much else.

  5. mudachains says: Jul 16, 2017 4:57 PM

    Best RB in the league and a solid human being who will never embarass the franchise!

  6. vicnocal says: Jul 16, 2017 4:59 PM

    #1 overall pick in Fantasy

  7. mogogo1 says: Jul 16, 2017 5:05 PM

    He’s a great player. Enjoy him while you can. Because the way Arians is using him up within 2-3 years he’ll either be totally out of the league or a shell of himself with people going “remember when he was great?”

  8. MostlyRight says: Jul 16, 2017 6:43 PM

    At 60% of 30 touches per game I’d take him first in a fantasy draft.

  9. cakesw says: Jul 16, 2017 7:16 PM

    Touches people….

    Not carries.

    He is a totally unique RB, he lines up as a WR, and runs the Entire route tree…

    He gets around 5-8 catches a game where guys from the secondary have to attempt to tackle him…

    Not the same as having to pins the Rock 30+ times between the tackles.

  10. abninf says: Jul 16, 2017 8:21 PM

    Johnson noted how he, Ezekiel Elliott and Le’Veon Bell have put the tailback back into offenses.
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    DeMarco Murray did in Dallas. Then he made the worst career decision in NFL history.

  11. grogansheroes says: Jul 16, 2017 8:28 PM

    cakesw says:
    Jul 16, 2017 7:16 PM
    Touches people….

    Not carries.

    He is a totally unique RB, he lines up as a WR, and runs the Entire route tree…

    He gets around 5-8 catches a game where guys from the secondary have to attempt to tackle him…

    Not the same as having to pins the Rock 30+ times between the tackles.
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    So he doesn’t get hit when he makes a catch? I would say he takes bigger hits as a receiver. But, I agree, he will probably be great this year, and out of the league within three years.

  12. kamthechancellor says: Jul 16, 2017 8:36 PM

    Arians is going to ruin this kid. Sad because he’s a true bright spot on an otherwise declining offense. Cards defense should be good still, but teams will start loading the box on the offense if old man Palmer keeps regressing.

  13. jackedupboonie says: Jul 16, 2017 9:40 PM

    Wow….5 (10 am) road games this year and a 6th in London. Cardinals to a greater degree than the Seahawks play poorly in these morning games. Seattle has 1…..that should tell you who wins division.

  14. cakesw says: Jul 16, 2017 10:30 PM

    So he doesn’t get hit when he makes a catch? I would say he takes bigger hits as a receiver. But, I agree, he will probably be great this year, and out of the league within three years.
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    It’s CONSIDERABLY less than getting 30 carries…

    You can’t cover him with a safety, we saw what happened when Seattle tried that with Kam Chancellor… it was a complete mismatch, Johnson abused him… and the Cardinals won because of it.

    and yes, while he does get hit… it’s not nearly the same has having some 1000 pounds jump on top of you like carries through the line.

  15. tylawspick6 says: Jul 16, 2017 11:34 PM

    an injury waiting to happen

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