David Johnson aiming for 1,000 yards rushing, 1,000 yards receiving

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Last offseason, Cardinals running back David Johnson said on PFT Live that he was aiming for 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. That didn’t pan out, as Johnson was injured in Week One and missed the rest of the season.

But a year later, Johnson has the same goal — and he thinks he can do it, as long as he stays healthy.

“First of all my thing is just to play every game,” Johnson said on NFL Network. “And then after that my goal is still 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 receiving.”

Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk are the only players in NFL history to have 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving in the same season. Johnson finished the 2016 season with 1,239 rushing yards and 879 receiving yards. It remains to be seen how the new Cardinals coaching staff will use Johnson in the offense, but he certainly has the skill set to hit the double-1,000, a benchmark that would make him a candidate to be league MVP.

22 responses to “David Johnson aiming for 1,000 yards rushing, 1,000 yards receiving

  1. Um, how about letting your coaches call the plays and you do whatever called upon to do to win games, like blocking and pass protection if necessary, and letting the statistics just come as they will. They’re going to come anyway because you are real weapon, what good does it do to have them be a goal?

  2. David Johnson can do it if in the right system.

    Roger Craig was the first RB to accomplish that feat. His 1985 season when he had 1050 yards rushing on 214 carries and 1016 yards receiving with 92 receptions, and he did that as a FULLBACK blocking for the great Wendell Tyler. Marshall Faulk is the only other RB to accomplish a 1000/1000 season, and Roger Craig has 3 Lombardis put that man in the Hall or Fame.

  3. Nice to see the Cards are in all the haters heads in May. He will outperform Leveon Bell again, and the Cards will take second in the NFC West ahead of SF and Seattle.

  4. I hope he gets it. Seriously…as a Seahawk fan the respect towards the Cardinals is abundant. But this Clara crawl out from the rocks crowd is just beyond loathsome.

  5. Hope he can get back to where he was in 2016. It was not his wheels that were hurt, so a really great chance he can, but that team is missing some good players from 2 years ago.

    D. Johnson and the Cowboys Elliott will both have to tote a big part of their teams loads. Potential is there for both those guys to put up some big numbers. Even if their team has an average season, these guys can still have a great year.

    Can they stay healthy? There’s got to be at least a 15-20% of any starting RB getting injured over any one season. Both need to run smart, avoid the worst collisions.

    I hope both these guys (and all players were it possible) avoid injuries in 2018.

  6. He should be aiming for 2000 yards rushing. Any receiving yards should be a bonus to that.

  7. r8dernation says:
    He should be aiming for 2000 yards rushing. Any receiving yards should be a bonus to that.

    Why? Yards are yards, and he is a former WR. That’s why they have him motion out from the singleback RB to the WR2 spot so much.

  8. r8dernation says:
    May 19, 2018 at 3:29 pm
    He should be aiming for 2000 yards rushing. Any receiving yards should be a bonus to that.
    This isn’t 1998. A running back that can get 1000 yards rushing and 1000 yards receiving is arguably more valuable than a 2000 yard rusher in today’s NFL.

  9. Cardinals go 8-8 without Palmer, without David Johnson, without their starting oline and still went 8-8. Yet the yahoos in here commenting think they will suck this year.

  10. kamthechancellor says:
    May 19, 2018 at 10:54 am
    He wont last 8 games behind a line even my Seahawks think is bad. AZ was 30th in the league last year. That’s why Vegas has you at 5.5 wins DJ.


    Arizona lost 4 of 5 starters up front last year, they have fixed there offensive line and have 4 first round picks starting up front , including one of the better guard duos in the NFL You utter troll. Your on every Cards thread talking crap, your fear is easy to smell. Where u find the time to troll so hard? Your SEA Line? Your right about that, yup still garbage.

  11. I think he will make it this year. Last year he suffered a fluke injury to his wrist when some lion came flying right directly into the side of his wrist jamming it against Johnsons pads and dislocating it.

    Now healthy I defintely think he will do it, especially because McCoy is going to utilize a run first offense behind a revamped O-Line built to maul people in the run game & will use him as a receiver a lot as well on 3rd and 1st downs. DJ Is just such a weapon, I think he has a big big year this next season behind a revamped Offensive line.

  12. Last year kam said the cards would win 5-6 games. If he bets the way he talks, he’s losing all his money.

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