The Arizona Cardinals had one of their best seasons rushing the football in 2015. Chris Johnson was very effective before his leg injury. David Johnson emerged as a potential star at the position. Now they both return as the top two backs and the veteran Johnson believes they will collectively have a great year.
“Me and David got a great relationship. We help each other out,” Chris Johnson said, via Arizona Sports. “Just to be able to have a full offseason for us to work together and do all those types of things, I think it’ll be a better year. If everything goes well and we continue to work as hard as we’re going to work, I feel like we’ll probably be the best tandem in the NFL this year.”
David Johnson is learning patience from Chris Johnson in letting plays develop in front of him. He is also more comfortable with his assignments in the offense. He believes he still has a way to go, especially in blitz pickup. He still has to have Carson Palmer tell him where to go.
There are big expectations for the young Johnson. He already put up more than 1000 yards from scrimmage while starting only five games. If you recall the buzz around Andre Ellington and the potential production he would get in 2014? David Johnson is getting those types of expectations -- 1500-2000 yards from scrimmage.
The veteran Johnson might not have the expectations his younger counterpart does, but he is a very confident man who believes he will also have a big year. He would not have returned if he believed he wouldn't have an important role in the offense.
Could they be one of the best running back tandems in the league? There is that potential. It isn't unreasonable to think they could rush for 1500-2000 yards between the two of them. And the blend of youth and experience is good.
While there are running backs who might be better than David Johnson as a top runner, you will be hard pressed to find a better number two back.
Will they be the best tandem? If they are, then we can expect the Cardinals will have had a special season.