Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, Steve Layman of NewsChannel 5 Nashville reports.
There seemed to be a chance Johnson could resurface at some point this season, but the 33-year-old -- after averaging 2.5 yards per carry in four games with the Cardinals in 2017 -- is now officially hanging up the cleats for good. Well-known for rewriting the record books at the 2008 NFL Combine, Johnson will go down as one of the most explosive tailbacks to grace the field, and one who still owns the all-time single-season record with 2,509 yards from scrimmage.
Johnson said Wednesday that he has no intention of retiring and hopes to play in 2018, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. "I'm not done yet," Johnson said. "I am still going strong. I got too much juice left."
Johnson has played exclusively with the Cardinals over the past three years on a series of short-term contracts, averaging 3.8 yards on 266 carries while scoring four times. He isn't nearly the same fast-twitch player he was in the early stages of his career and will need to land in an ideal spot in order to return to fantasy relevance, but Johnson could still be a serviceable backup for a team in need of veteran backfield depth.
Johnson was released by the Cardinals on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
After cutting Johnson at the conclusion of the preseason, the Cardinals re-signed him prior to Week 2 after starter David Johnson was placed on injured reserve with a dislocated wrist. The 32-year-old tallied 45 carries for 114 yards over four games with the team, but following the acquisition of Adrian Peterson from the Saints on Tuesday, Johnson was deemed redundant. As a result, Johnson will head back to the free-agent market and could have trouble latching on with another team in light of his weak production and lack of versatility out of the backfield.
Johnson rushed for 21 yards on nine carries and caught an eight-yard pass in Sunday's 34-7 loss to Philadelphia.
Johnson has now been held under 50 total yards in three of four games. In the absence of David Johnson, Arizona seems to be giving the running responsibilities to Johnson and the receiving work to Andre Ellington. Of the two, Ellington is the one providing the most consistent production at this point. The one-time game-breaker has averaged just over two yards per rush over the past three weeks and should not be considered a viable fantasy back until further notice.
Johnson rushed 13 times for 32 yards and reeled in all three passes for 31 yards during Sunday's 18-15 overtime win against the 49ers.
Johnson made better use of a second consecutive start, tripling his yards from scrimmage from 21 in Week 3 to 63 in Week 4. That said, fellow running back Andre Ellington again picked up more offensive snaps than Johnson (46 to 35), while eclipsing the century mark with 104 total yards, most of them on a team-high nine receptions. In David Johnson's (wrist) absence, the Cardinals appear to have discovered a backfield elixir that works for them, with (Chris) Johnson handling the majority of carries and Ellington operating as a key check down for quarterback Carson Palmer. As a result, expect the elder Johnson to pick up double-digit runs from game to game to give the offense a modest threat on the ground.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that Johnson would retain the starting role at running back heading into the Week 4 matchup with the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
After turning to Kerwynn Williams as the starter in Week 2 in place of the injured David Johnson (wrist), Arians called upon the newly re-signed Chris Johnson to lead the team's backfield in Monday's loss to the Cowboys. Johnson was unable to provide much of a spark on the ground, gaining only 17 yards on 12 carries. In spite of Johnson's lack of production, Williams logged just one offensive snap, signaling that Arians wasn't preparing for another changing of the guard in the backfield. While Johnson will receive another shot at redemption Sunday against a San Francisco defense that struggled to slow down Rams running back Todd Gurley a week earlier, the 32-year-old nonetheless projects as a low-end starting option at the position in most formats. To compensate for the weak running game, the Cardinals will likely utilize another pass-heavy attack in Week 4, as quarterback Carson Palmer has attempted no fewer than 36 passes in any of the team's first three contests. This may mean Andre Ellington will keep a frequent receiving role out of the backfield.
Johnson rushed 12 times for 17 yards and caught one of his two targets for four yards in Monday night's 28-17 loss to the Cowboys.
Johnson was handed at least seven more carries than any of his teammates, but the veteran struggled to find running lanes. Overall, the Cardinals' long rush of the night went for six yards, so Johnson wasn't alone in that respect, but he'll be frustrated by his performance nonetheless. Add in the fact fellow tailback Andre Ellington totaled 22 yards on five carries and 59 yards on as many catches, and Johnson could face more competition for touches in Week 4 versus the 49ers.
Head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday that Johnson's carry count will increase Monday versus the Cowboys, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
In Arizona's first game without David Johnson (wrist), Chris Johnson and not Kerwynn Williams found room to operate, outgaining Williams on the ground (44 versus 22 yards) while logging a similar snap count (17 to 18 on offense). Both backs have experience in the system, but Arians appears to trust in Johnson for more of the backfield reps. As a result, expect an uptick in Johnson's 11 rushes from Week 2.
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.
The Cardinals released Johnson on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Johnson was hopeful that a good situation would emerge in the offseason, but there were no takers, and he eventually landed back with the Cardinals just before training camp. He proceeded to put together a negligible line in the preseason, taking 13 carries for 41 yards. In the end, two fumbles in Saturday's exhibition in Atlanta may have spurred his release, but the performance of younger RB options in Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington likely also played a role.
Johnson doesn't expect his two fumbles from Saturday's preseason game against Atlanta to cost him a roster spot, ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and general manager John Keim didn't provide any assurances when asked about the situation, though Keim did refer to Johnson as "a pro's pro." The 31-year-old back doesn't have a history of fumbling issues, but the Cardinals might still consider him expendable if they believe Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington can handle backup work. Regardless, the team likely would deploy some sort of committee in the event of a David Johnson injury.
Johnson totaled 31 yards on six rushes in Saturday's 24-14 preseason win over the Falcons. He also committed two fumbles, losing one.
Johnson putting the ball on the ground twice was certainly disconcerting, although the veteran's spot as the primary backup to David Johnson wouldn't figure to be in any jeopardy. When he was hanging on to the football, Johnson was actually impressive, averaging 5.2 yards on his six totes. An 800-yard rusher in a part-time role as recently as 2015, the former Pro Bowler nevertheless figures to see limited opportunity in the coming campaign unless starter (David) Johnson were to miss time with injuries.
Johnson had three carries for two yards in Saturday's preseason game against Oakland.
David Johnson, Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington all got playing time on Arizona's 14-play opening drive. Only Ellington was involved thereafter, cementing the notion that the elder Johnson is locked in as the No. 2 running back, though Ellington or Kerwynn Williams likely would also have a role if David Johnson were to miss time during the season. Considering who's in front of him, the 31-year-old doesn't figure to get as many touches as the typical No. 2 back.
Johnson is expected to earn snaps when the Cardinals use two running backs this season, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. "We'll have some two-back stuff with he and David back there," head coach Bruce Arians said Friday.
Johnson re-upped with the Cardinals on Thursday, putting him on course for his third season with the organization. The previous two have been abbreviated due to injuries, with sports hernia surgery containing the running back to four games in 2016. His best bet to gather snaps will occur in the aforementioned two-RB sets, as David Johnson will handle nearly all the snaps afforded the position in Arizona. The situation doesn't make the nine-year vet too appealing, but he at least appears to be the secondary option in case anything happens to his younger teammate.
The Cardinals and Johnson (hernia) agreed to a one-year contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
After missing just one game through his first seven NFL campaigns, Johnson has managed just 15 appearances the past two years, including four in 2016 due to season-ending surgery to repair a sports hernia. The developments on the health front paved the way for the emergence of David Johnson, who the elder RB will back up in his return to the Cardinals. Due to David Johnson's workhorse nature, expect Chris Johnson to do little more than spell his teammate.
Johnson (groin) will seek out the best fit as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports. "I feel at this point in my career if it's not a situation where a team wants to bring me in to be a starter, I definitely need to be somewhere where I have a role," Johnson said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "I need to be involved. At this point in my career, I don't want to sit on the sideline. I want to get in the game."
After back-to-back injury-altered campaigns with the Cardinals, Johnson sees the writing on the wall in a backfield populated by a workhorse like David Johnson, who handled 73.4 percent (293 of 399) of the team's carries in 2016. At this point in the former's career, he won't contribute much, if anything, as a pass catcher, so a between-the-tackles gig is likely at the top of his list. Johnson will be entering his age-32 season in the fall, so landing atop a depth chart out of the gate isn't really in the cards. Rather, a complementary role could be his best-case scenario, whether he sticks in Arizona or heads elsewhere.
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