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Arizona Cardinals hope to use 2 RBs on the field at once in 2016

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Can they be healthy?

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The Arizona Cardinals have a very talented room of running backs. With David Johnson, Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington, they have talent and versatility. Last offseason they tried to work on having two running backs on the field at the same time. They didn't use it much. There was a reason why.

In OTAs this offseason, they have tried to give it some looks in practice as well. Head coach Bruce Arians was asked about it on Tuesday after practice.

"We've been doing this for three years with Andre (Ellington) and whoever to have a two-back package," he said. "But we've never been able to get both them to the field healthy. But we're going to continue with the package because they all bring such dynamic passing game stuff and they obviously can run."

Health has been an issue for the Cardinals at running back. Andre Ellington began last season as the starter and got hurt in Week 1. Chris Johnson took over and then got hurt later in the season. Ellington got hurt that same game and David Johnson then took over the rest of the way.

Is this the year they can actually use it?

They can go with the two Johnsons, with Chris lined up in the backfield and David lined up at receiver. They could go with David Johnson and Andre Ellington, putting either in the backfield, or lining them both there and motioning one out.

It would be a matchup nightmare.

But they have to stay healthy.

Cam they do it? Perhaps. If not, at least they have the depth where they have three starting quality backs.