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Will Robert Nkemdiche steal touchdowns from David Johnson?

The fantasy implications are maddening!

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals have big plans for first round pick Robert Nkemdiche. They see him as a potential fornce on defense, but that isn't all. Head coach Bruce Arians has a plan to use him sometimes on offense.

Arians told's Brad Cesmat "he'll be in our goalline packages."


Arians has some history of using defensive players on offense. Patrick Peterson played some offense in 2013. He caught six passes and also completed a pass that season. We have seem Alameda Ta'amu as a fullback.

Arians also uses offensive linemen as tight ends and used center A.Q. Shipley as a fullback.

So seeing Nkemdiche in the backfield isn't a stretch.

He played both sides of the ball in high school. Arians said he is an "ungodly athlete." He played running back and returned  punts.

At nearly 300 pounds, he doesn't look like a defensive guy with the ball. Check out this 31-yard touchdown catch he had at Ole Miss.

Like the commentator says, Nkemdiche looks like running with the football is normal. He looks like an offensive player.

The question, though, is what role he would have. Would he line up in the backfield or as a tight end to block? Would he take carries as a running back? And for fantasy football players, would he potentially steal touchdowns from David Johnson or Chris Johnson?