David Johnson hoping to bounce back while sharing load

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David Johnson returned last week, but he played only 29 snaps before being benched.

The Cardinals running back gained 2 yards on five carries and fumbled his only reception. He refused to blame his outing on injuries.

“Just a bad game; just a bad game,” Johnson said, via Darren Urban of the team website. “Not everyone is perfect. Biggest thing is what you do after a bad game.”

Kliff Kingsbury said Johnson has responded this week.

“I’m proud of his effort and his focus,” Kingsbury said. “I like where his head is at.”

But after trading for Kenyan Drake, the Cardinals are going with a running back by committee. Drake had 110 yards on 15 carries in the Week Nine game against the 49ers that Johnson missed.

Johnson said Friday he will make the most of “wherever they need me, whatever opportunities I get.”

“He’s the only one who can get himself out of this hole,” General Manager Steve Keim said Friday morning on 98.7 Arizona’s Sports Station.

9 responses to “David Johnson hoping to bounce back while sharing load

  1. Crazy how fast RB’s fall off the edge. Rewind by a year or so to see Johnson and Gurley as among the best in the NFL only to be splitting time today.

  2. he needs to get his god damn head back in the game I spent $60/200 of my fantasy auction budget on him not to see him be the third best RB on his team when they are all fit

  3. The last 2 games Johnson has barely made it through the 1st quarter on piss poor carries ! SHUT HIM DOWN !!!

  4. He hasn’t cracked 4 yards a carry in three years…he got the contract and for whatever reason has done little since.

  5. “I’m proud of his effort and his focus,” Kingsbury said. “I like where his head is at.”

    Seriously? Because I can tell you where DJ’s head is at and it’s in a very dark spot!

  6. The reality is this. Bruce Arians made a lot of people money in that organization. When he came to Arizona he was just NFL coach of the year 2 times over a 3 year period with 2 different teams. He got the most out of David Johnson, Carson Palmer and made Steve Keim look smart in the process. Notice how neither David Johnson nor the Cardinals have had success since those years. David Johnson is awesome in the passing game but he was never really dynamic running with the football. Big back that never ran with power and he is soft as wet tissue paper. Drake is clearly better for their offense and that big contract Keim gave David Johnson is look really foolish right now. Like some of the other bad contracts he’s given out. Bradford comes to mind.

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