David Johnson likes idea of running behind a fullback

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Cardinals coach Steve Wilks gave running back David Johnson a rave review for his work on the first day of OTAs on Tuesday and it’s hard to blame the exuberance given how important Johnson is to Wilks’ chances of success in his first year on the job.

Johnson gave a positive review of his own on Tuesday. Wilks and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy have plotted a different course than Arizona followed when Bruce Arians was in charge and one of their changes is to involve a fullback in the offense. Derrick Coleman was signed as a free agent this offseason and Johnson said he likes the idea of running behind him in the future.

“It’s nice always having more blockers in the run game,” Johnson said, via AZCentral.com. “I think it makes my job a little easier, having those guys being able to pick up linebackers, D-ends or anybody on that defensive side. It makes my read a little bit easier.”

The Cardinals figure to use Johnson in a variety of ways this season so we’ll see how much he actually does wind up running behind a fullback, but the presence of one on the roster is a reminder that Johnson’s returning to a different team than the one he last played for in Week One of the 2017 season.

9 responses to “David Johnson likes idea of running behind a fullback

  1. The decline in the use of a fullback has always mystified me. Having a lead blocker really opens up the run game and makes the offense so much more efficent. Easier to convert 3rd downs and get running TD’s inside the 5 yard line. So, you lose the 2nd TE or 4th WR…

  2. get an actual fullback then. coleman isnt really a lead blocker. so many great blocking in free agency. presscott lane was a beast in college

  3. I think one day a team will go back to ground and pound with huge offensive lineman, a big bruising full back and a Jerome Bettis type of big back and will have lots of success. The pendulum has shifted way too much to speed on defense and offense.

  4. I have hated seeing the decline of the full back. Tomlinson made his money running behind Lorenzo Neal. I do believe in an Ebb and Flow of Football, what works and what does not can change over time. I hope the Cardinals are successful.

  5. biggerballz says:
    May 16, 2018 at 10:17 am
    I think one day a team will go back to ground and pound with huge offensive lineman, a big bruising full back and a Jerome Bettis type of big back and will have lots of success. The pendulum has shifted way too much to speed on defense and offense.
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    Zeke Elliott, Jamize Olawale, Bo Scarbrough and the Dallas Cowboys offensive agree with that idea

  6. Because his offensive line was 30th in the league last season and they’ve only got worse? The Fraudinal dumpster fire isn’t done burning yet. 4-12 this season and that’s optimistic.

  7. Cool story kam, put your mortgage payment on it and tell us how that works out. And if you truly believed that, then how’d the Seafrauds lose to the Cardinals 3rd stringers in Seattle last year? Have fun with the tire fire up there, but I’d recommend that you stop inhaling the fumes, they’re clouding your thinking.

  8. I’m a huge supporter for #RedForEd…judging by Dotard and his ilk, those Arizona children are in desperate need of education. #BustQB #DynastyOfMediocrity #WeLiveInGlassHouses #WeWishWeHadWilson

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