Johnson is entering his third year in Arizona with increased expectations.

Just two seasons ago, David Johnson sat behind veterans Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington on the depth chart as a rookie running back from Northern Iowa.  The Cardinals’ David Johnson, who was the 2015 third round selection, ended up starting the last five games of the season due to injuries to Chris Johnson and Ellington.

Johnson accumulated 658 yards from scrimmage to finish his rookie season. He started all 16 games in 2016, gaining more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage. With 1,239 yards rushing and 879 yards receiving, Johnson and Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell will probably be one and two as the top dual threats in the league.

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Cardinals' David Johnson

Week 17 knee injury

The only misfortune in an otherwise solid season was the injured knee Johnson sustained in week 17.  Johnson confirmed that the knee healthy going into the season as Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official site reported. “My wheel is good. Good to go already. Back training, full throttle. Doing everything,” Johnson said.

He will get an early test, as the first two Cardinal games are on the road, in Detroit and Indianapolis. The running game is especially important on the road. The first two games should set the tone for the rest of the season.

After a down year in 2016, the Cardinals have filled in some holes on offense and defense. They look to battle the Seahawks again this season for the NFC West crown.

The offense most likely will run through Johnson.

Coach Arians has stated that he would like Johnson to touch the ball 30 times per game.  If this comes to fruition, opposing defenses will not want to tackle the 6’1, 224 lb running back in the 4th quarter of games.

Especially if the Cardinals have the lead.

Cardinals’ David Johnson Is Looking To Build On Solid 2016 Season.  If things go according to plan, the Cardinals should be in good shape in 2017.