The hometown Arizona Cardinals have officially made a change at quarterback. Rookie Josh Rosen will start at home against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday in what appears to be a “the future is now” move. Sam Bradford has been shut down after an abysmal 2 3/4 game performance. It is speculated that the offense will certainly be less stagnant with Rosen in the lineup, but I would like to go deeper. Will a change at quarterback actually help David Johnson in fantasy football?
Typically, a rookie quarterback is going to have to learn the ropes of the offense and gain his footing. This would mean, more handoffs and check downs. We’ve seen this already in Bradford, and it hadn’t worked as planned. But when Rosen stepped in with around four minutes left in the fourth quarter against Chicago, Rosen made great progressions. He wasn’t afraid to get hit, scramble when needed, or mix it up with his targets. One could argue that Rosen’s poise and determination will give the Cardinals more of an opportunity to revitalize this dead offense.
David Johnson has certainly struggled this year, averaging around 11 rushing attempts for an average of 3.4 yards per carry and 1 touchdown. On the receiving end, the once touted running back has 10 receptions on 15 targets for 63 yards and 1 touchdown. An overall average of 10 fantasy points per game is not what any fantasy owner predicted. Something about the Mike McCoy offense and David Johnson does not mesh well, this much we know. If the Cardinals can successfully block on their screen passes, Johnson may be able to crack 100 yards in a game for the first time this season.
Fan favorite and the Cardinals record holder for most wins as a coach, Bruce Arians, had a few things to say about how David Johnson should be used in any offense.
David Johnson, people didn’t realize, he opened up stuff for Larry Fitzgerald because he was used in the slot opposite, or we always put him in position to be opposite of Larry and pick your poison,” Arians added. “I got to see David Johnson being used properly for Josh Rosen to even be effective.
One thing is for certain, a lot of factors are involved in this outside of David himself; the offensive line, the quarterback, the coaching staff. While I do think that Josh Rosen is going to give this offense the spark that they need, the offensive line will have to do their job to open those massive running lanes that fans enjoyed so much in the preseason.