Chris Johnson

#23 RB / Arizona Cardinals / EXP: 9YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 203 lb Age: 31 College: East Carolina Bye 9

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Player Outlook

Chris Johnson turned down going to the Dolphins this season to stay with the Cardinals on a one-year deal worth up to $3 million. He will return as the No. 2 running back in Arizona behind David Johnson. In 2015, Johnson played well once he took over for an injured Andre Ellington in Week 2 before he suffered a broken leg in Week 12 and was lost for the season. He finished the year with 196 carries for 814 yards and three touchdowns and six catches for 58 yards. We don't expect much from Chris Johnson, who will be 31 in September, if David Johnson is healthy. But it's worth handcuffing both guys and drafting Chris Johnson with a late-round pick in all leagues.

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  • Johnson recorded team highs with 16 carries for 54 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 40-7 demolition of the Buccaneers. Johnson garnered a career-low two snaps in the regular season opener, after which head coach Bruce Arians regretted not using the veteran back more often. Indeed, Johnson received a sizable bump in usage Sunday, picking up 21 of the Cardinals' 66 offensive snaps, according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix. With the hosts safely in front, 33-7, after three quarters, starting RB David Johnson took a seat, thereby allowing the veteran Johnson to handle the rock the rest of the way, which involved a three-yard touchdown to push the score to its final tally.

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  • Johnson notched seven carries for 24 yards during Sunday's preseason loss at Houston. The Cardinals' ground game was dominated by David Johnson on the first two possessions, but the veteran Johnson and Andre Ellington shared the load for the next three, getting work with both Carson Palmer and his backup Drew Stanton. While Chris Johnson ripped off a 13-yard run at one point, he otherwise didn't surpass four yards on any other rush and wasn't targeted in the passing game. If his usage in the preseason is any indication, his touch count will hover about five per game in 2016 behind the bell cow that is David Johnson.

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  • Johnson turned four carries into seven yards during Friday's preseason defeat at San Diego. Preseason performances for a veteran like Johnson don't mean all that much in the end, as he's merely reacquainting himself with the contact that he's endured for eight NFL seasons. The breakdown of snaps after David Johnson has been more telling. During both of the Cardinals' exhibitions to date, the second-year pro has earned the start, with the veteran immediately following in his wake. At numerous points in the offseason, head coach Bruce Arians has termed David Johnson the bell-cow back in Arizona, but Chris Johnson is still expected to be a regular contributor in the upcoming campaign.

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  • Johnson feels much better this year than he did in 2015, when he signed with the Cardinals in the middle of training camp, the Arizona Republic reports. Johnson remained a free agent for longer than expected due to an offseason shooting incident in which he took a bullet to the trapezoid muscle. After inking a deal with the Cardinals on Aug. 17, 2015, he strained his right hamstring on the second day of training camp, and despite landing the starting RB job in Week 2 due to a knee injury to Andre Ellington, he spent most of the season working himself into shape. In the end, he suffered a season-ending fractured left tibia in Week 12, opening the door for David Johnson's coming out party. While head coach Bruce Arians considers the second-year pro as his do-everything back, the Johnsons are "even" as ball carriers, according to offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, which will likely result in a consistent workload for Chris Johnson on a weekly basis.

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  • Cardinals' Chris Johnson: Stays with Cardinals
    By RotoWire Staff

    The Cardinals and Johnson agreed to a one-year contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. After taking a visit to the RB-needy Dolphins this week, Johnson has decided to remain in Arizona, where he revitalized his career in 2015 to the tune of 814 yards on the ground and three touchdowns in 11 games. However, he sustained a fractured left tibia in Week 12, ending his season as the Cardinals were knocked out of the postseason in the NFC championship game. The injury allowed David Johnson to take the reins of the rushing attack, meaning the elder Johnson will be relegated to a reserve role in the fall.

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Completed Games

WK OPP RUATT RUYD RUTD RECPT REYD RETD FPTS
1 NE 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
2 TB 16 54 1 0 0 0 11
3 @BUF 2 5 0 0 0 0 0
PROJECTION 147 566 4 16 122 0.8 82.8

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Scheduled Games

WK DATE OPP OPP RANK OPP FPTS
4 10/02 Los Angeles Rams 21 19.00
5 10/07 @San Francisco 49ers 14 16.00
6 10/18 New York Jets 4 12.00
7 10/24 Seattle Seahawks 13 15.67
8 10/30 @Carolina Panthers 18 16.67
9 BYE - - -
10 11/13 San Francisco 49ers 14 16.00
11 11/20 @Minnesota Vikings 9 14.00
12 11/27 @Atlanta Falcons 29 23.00
13 12/04 Washington Redskins 31 27.00
14 12/11 @Miami Dolphins 17 16.00
15 12/18 New Orleans Saints 28 23.00
16 12/24 @Seattle Seahawks 13 15.67
17 01/01 @Los Angeles Rams 21 19.00

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Career Stats

Season RuAtt RuYd RuTD Recpt ReYd ReTD FPTS
2016 19 61 1 0 0 0 12
2015 196 814 3 6 58 0 104
2014 155 663 1 24 151 1 93
2013 279 1077 6 42 345 4 201
2012 276 1243 6 36 232 0 183
2011 262 1047 4 57 418 0 169
2010 316 1364 11 44 245 1 232
2009 358 2006 14 50 503 2 346
2008 251 1228 9 43 260 1 208
3 Year Avg 210 851 3 24 185 2 133
Career 2112 9503 55 302 2212 9

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