Chris Johnson signed with the Cardinals in July, and he will compete to be the No. 2 running back in Arizona behind David Johnson. Chris Johnson will compete with Andre Ellington and Kerwynn Williams for the backup job, but we expect Johnson to be in that role given his history. With that said, he'll be 32 in December and was limited to four games in 2016 with the Cardinals, finishing with 25 carries for 95 yards and one touchdown and no catches. If David Johnson got hurt, we would likely see a committee of Chris Johnson, Ellington and Williams, but Johnson has the most upside of that group. He is only worth a late-round flier in seasonal leagues, but he should absolutely be avoided in all dynasty formats this year.
Head coach Bruce Arians is unsure if he'll name Johnson the starting running back for Week 3 versus the Cowboys, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. In the first game without David Johnson (wrist), the elder Johnson received the third-most snaps among Cardinals running backs, handling 17 versus 30 for Andre Ellington and 18 for Kerwynn Williams. That said, Johnson was the most effective with his reps, as he doubled up Williams in terms of rushing yards (44 to 22) and seemed to find running lanes that Williams and Ellington could not. If Johnson is named the starter, his track record in the offense over two-plus seasons (59.6 yards per game and four touchdowns across 16 contests) makes him an interesting RB to consider.
Johnson got 11 carries for 44 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 16-13 overtime win over the Colts. Johnson led Arizona in carries while doubling Kerwynn Williams' output on the ground. The offense struggled to consistently move the ball with star running back David Johnson (wrist) sitting, so goal-line opportunities could be few and far between in the coming weeks. With that in mind, the backfield trio of Johnson, Williams and Andre Ellington is unlikely to produce many noteworthy individual performances.
Head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that Johnson is expected to receive carries during Sunday's game at Indianapolis, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. According to Arians, the Cardinals will replace David Johnson (wrist) with Kerwynn Williams in the feature role and Andre Ellington spelling him, likely in a pass-catching capacity. Any lingering snaps will seemingly be handed to the healthy Johnson, who spent two injury-marred campaigns and this preseason with the organization. In 15 games during the two campaigns, Johnson averaged 4.1 yards per carry and traipsed into the end zone four times on 221 rushes.
Johnson agreed to terms on a contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. The writing was on the wall for the veteran to reunite with the Cardinals after star tailback David Johnson suffered a dislocated left wrist in the season opener Sunday that will require surgery, likely sidelining him for 2-to-3 months. With the Cardinals expected to move Johnson to injured reserve later this week, the team will bring back the elder Johnson -- who was previously waived by the team at the end of the preseason -- in a corresponding move to fill the opening on the 53-man roster and provide Arizona with some additional depth in the backfield. Johnson's familiarity with the playbook after having appeared in 15 games with Arizona over the last two seasons should allow him to dress for the team's Week 2 tilt with the Colts, but coach Bruce Arians already confirmed that Kerwynn Williams would serve as the top running back in David Johnson's absence, while Andre Ellington will likely see most of the third-down snaps. That may only leave short-yardage work available for Johnson initially, though he could also see snaps on occasions where Williams is in need of a breather.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the team will consider re-signing Johnson after David Johnson suffered a dislocated wrist, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Chris Johnson was released at the end of the preseason when the Cardinals elected to keep Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and special teamer Elijhaa Penny for depth behind David Johnson. With Arizona's star running back likely facing an extended absence, the 32-year-old Johnson may soon get a call, though he'd likely have a limited role even if he ends up back with the Cardinals. Williams is the favorite to lead the backfield in Johnson's absence.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||San Francisco 49ers||18||17.00|
|6||10/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||7.00|
|7||10/22||@Los Angeles Rams||28||25.00|
|9||11/05||@San Francisco 49ers||18||17.00|
|13||12/03||Los Angeles Rams||28||25.00|
|16||12/24||New York Giants||11||13.00|
|3 Year Avg||125||524||2||10||70||0||71|