Johnson racked up 98 rushing yards and one touchdown on 21 carries, adding seven catches for 85 yards and a receiving score during Sunday's 26-14 loss to the Chiefs. With 283 total yards in his most recent outings against San Francisco and Kansas City, Johnson has posted his greatest two-game offensive output since Week 12 and Week 13 of the 2016 season. The last time Johnson had both a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same outing came in Week 12 of that 2016 All-Pro season as well. That is, until he caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Josh Rosen on a wheel route in the first quarter, and later plunged his way into the end zone for a one-yard rushing score during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Upcoming next for Johnson and the Cardinals is a date with Oakland, and one of the NFL's five worst rush defenses.
Johnson carried 16 times for 59 yards and caught all four of his targets for an additional 41 yards during Sunday's 18-15 win over the 49ers. Johnson never really got it going on the ground and finished averaging just 3.7 yards per carry despite facing a favorable matchup on paper. Luckily, he tied his season high in receiving yardage as he reached the 100-yard mark from scrimmage for the second time this season. He briefly left the game to be evaluated for a concussion, but he returned to the game and helped his team earn its second win of the year. Interim offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has stated his desire to use Johnson heavily, so fantasy owners will hope that translates into more work in the passing game. He'll enjoy a bye next week before returning to face Kansas City in Week 10.
Johnson returned to Sunday's game against the 49ers late in the fourth quarter after being evaluated for a concussion, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. The Cardinals were forced to rely on Chase Edmonds for most of the deciding drive, but Johnson re-entered the contest once the team approached the goal line. We should have another update on Johnson after the conclusion of the game.
Johnson left Sunday's game against the 49ers in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. Johnson jogged to the locker room with a trainer late in the fourth quarter, leaving the Arizona backfield in Chase Edmonds' hands as the team attempts to erase a five-point deficit. Johnson had 101 yards on 19 touches (three catches) at the time of his exit.
Coach Steve Wilks believes new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will get Johnson more involved in the Cardinals offense moving forward, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. Leftwich was a coaching intern during Johnson's fabulous 2016 campaign, has been the Cardinals' quarterbacks coach since January of 2017 and replaced Mike McCoy in the coordinator role after last Thursday's 45-10 loss to the Broncos. He referenced his time in Arizona during a media session Thursday. "I sat shoulder-to-shoulder with B.A. [former coach Bruce Arians] every day I was here," Leftwich told Kyle Odegard of the team's official site. With a depleted offensive line and rookie quarterback behind them, the offense has sputtered to a league low in offense (220.7 yards per game) and second-fewest points (11.6 per contest). Johnson's output has responded in kind -- just 71.6 yards from scrimmage per game -- but he's still contributed six of the team's 10 offensive TDs through seven outings. If Leftwich can get the former trending upward, Johnson could be in line for an impressive second half of the year.
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