Today John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station reported the re-signing of running back Chris Johnson. As an insurance policy, the Cardinals bring back a guy that is very familiar with what they do on offense.
Chris Johnson was looking to land with a team that would allow him to rush for the 463 yards remaining to reach the 10,000-yard plateau. The only question will be all year is will he get the carries behind the prolific David Johnson who will get the majority of the work.
After head coach Bruce Arians announced that David Johnson would be getting about 30 touches per game, so how will Chris Johnson get enough touches to reach his goals? And the answer is unknown.
I don’t think there was a promise to Chris that he would get enough opportunity to reach his goal, but if David Johnson gets the ball 30 times per game as a receiver and runner, that would leave a limited amount of touches for Chris Johnson per game to try and reach the 10,000-yard accomplishment.
As a free agent, Chris Johnson may have been waiting for that one team to give him an opportunity to get a significant role to be able to get the necessary yardage to get the 10,000-yard mark. When there were no takers, then he was offered a one-year deal with the Cardinals. It’s not been disclosed if that offer has been on the table for Johnson the entire time of his unemployment, but his age as a running back caused no takers and familiarity with the Cards had to play a significant part in him accepting a lesser role.
Remember, this is not the same David Johnson that Chris will be backing up this year as opposed to 2015 when the touches were almost equal. David Johnson has become the team’s go-to star and he will own that backfield for the most part.
Baring the big “I” word to DJ, look for Chris Johnson to only get about six to seven touches per game, and he will need to make all of those touches count if he wants to make his goal. Can he average 46.5 yards a game for 10 games? Doesn’t seem impossible, it all depends on the offensive line and if the team is winning or losing big.
At 31 years of age and as a running back, it is only a matter of time before the ex-stars career is done and perhaps he is now part of the group of supposed retirees that are currently projected to leave after this season.