Johnson carried 18 times for 55 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Vikings. He also caught two passes for 15 yards on five targets and lost a fumble.
Though Johnson struggled to the tune of 3.1 yards per carry against a stout Vikings defense, he was able to salvage his day from a fantasy perspective with a one-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter. He's struggled to generate yardage with opposing defenses content to key on him, but he's still managed six touchdowns in as many games. Johnson should continue to play a large role on a weekly basis, but it's becoming clear that his 2016 form will be difficult to replicate in this version of the Cardinals offense. He'll face a tough matchup against the Broncos on Thursday.
Johnson had 18 carries for 55 yards and two touchdowns while catching two of three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 28-18 win at San Francisco.
Johnson continued to struggle in a favorable matchup, averaging about three yards per carry, although the two touchdowns helped fantasy owners. Surprisingly, Johnson still hasn't been involved much as a pass catcher through five games this season. There is optimism that rookie Josh Rosen can make the offense competent, but that has not come to fruition as of yet. In Week 6, Johnson will look to get on track against a tough Minnesota rush defense.
Johnson had 12 carries for just 31 yards, but scored on a 21-yard touchdown reception in Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Bears. He caught all four of his targets for 30 yards.
After being targeted just two times in Week 2, Johnson was a little more involved in the passing game Sunday. He still doesn't have a run over 20 yards in what has been an ineffective offense on the whole. Part of the blame can be put on quarterback Sam Bradford, who actually looked good early in Sunday's game before committing three turnovers in the second half. Bradford was benched late in the fourth quarter for rookie Josh Rosen, who was unable to lead the Cardinals to a game-winning field goal. A permanent switch to Rosen is likely to happen soon, although nothing official has been announced yet. Johnson will look to get things going on the ground and score again in Week 4 against Seattle.
Arizona head coach Steve Wilks acknowledged Monday that the team needs to be more "creative" in finding ways to get Johnson the ball in space, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "We talked about that," Wilks said, referring to his conversations with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy regarding Johnson's usage. "We've got to utilize David from the standpoint of getting him out of the backfield, putting him in the slot, putting him out there to try and create that matchup that we need."
After making a full recovery from a dislocated wrist that cost him nearly all last season and signing a lucrative contract extension ahead of Week 1, Johnson appeared primed for a massive three-down role heading into his fourth NFL campaign. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Johnson has only managed 118 total yards and a touchdown on 28 touches (22 carries, six receptions), with his limited work in the passing game particularly alarming. The Cardinals' puzzling decision to deploy Johnson primarily as a between-the-tackles runner rather than utilizing him in space -- where his high-end speed and agility make him a game-changing mismatch -- seems to have hindered the 26-year-old's effectiveness thus far, so it's at least encouraging that Wilks is receptive to adjusting the team's playcalling. It's unclear if any schematic changes would also be accompanied by a switch at quarterback, as Wilks was unwilling to say Monday whether he would replace incumbent starter Sam Bradford with first-round rookie Josh Rosen ahead of Sunday's game against the Bears.
Johnson took 13 carries for 48 yards and caught one of two targets for three yards in Sunday's 34-0 loss to the Rams.
The issue wasn't Arizona abandoning the run so much as the Rams dominating possession with a 67-43 advantage in snaps. Johnson at least found pay dirt and drew nine targets in last week's ugly loss, but he was rendered irrelevant Sunday in a thoroughly terrible performance by the Cardinals. Despite the concerns regarding team context, Johnson should bounce back -- at least to some extent -- in a Week 3 home game against the Bears.
|Bye: Week 9|
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