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Morning Overreaction: The Arizona Cardinals Need David Johnson to Step Up

The second year running back has been good, but the Arizona Cardinals need him to be great to get to where they want to be.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Through two games there is not much more you could ask for from David Johnson, he has 28 carries for 134 yards, 4.8 yards per carry and one touchdown with seven catches and 141 yards.

Yet, through the first two games the notion after the game is that David Johnson has left too much on the field.

While we watch in awe with his plays that he makes with the ball in his hands:

Yet, you look at his rushing totals and they have been less than stellar. Sure he is averaging 4.8 yards per carry, but his fantastic run against New England for 45 yards has given his yards per carry averaged a boost from 3.3 yards per carry.

His work in the passing game has been as expected if not better, but he has to be better in the run game.

Right now, he’s a big play threat only, he’s not a back that can carry the load and move the pile. And it is not that I do not think he is capable, in fact I am frankly shocked that he has been so ineffective, especially against the Bucs.

The Arizona Cardinals need David Johnson to be the every down back, because when it gets to playoff time, they need to be able to ride him to victory.

So far though, he has not answered the bell.

I expect that to change very quickly.