It was a tough season for the Arizona Cardinals, but two of their players were able to not just continue to play at a high level, but they played at a nearly elite level per the analytical site Pro Football Focus.
First of all, there is the Arizona Cardinals offense, David Johnson. He was not given the running back position, he was given the flex position.
Why the flex position? From Pro Football Focus:
The ultimate flex player, David Johnson was a machine for the Cardinals this season when it came to yards from scrimmage, falling short in his quest to top 100 yards from scrimmage in every game of the season only due to injury in the final week. Johnson recorded over 1,200 rushing yards and notched 16 scores on the ground, but added 80 receptions, 879 receiving yards, and four more trips to pay-dirt as a receiver. The running back debate was fierce, and Johnson was firmly in the mix there, too.
I did think it was interesting that Johnson is the fourth best graded running back per Pro Football Focus, behind Ezekiel Elliot (1), Le’Veon Bell (3) and... Jay Ajayi (2).
For Calais Campbell, it is just a continuation in which he is a dominant for the Arizona Cardinals and according to Pro Football Focus:
Arizona’s Calais Campbell put together the best season of his career, despite the Cardinals failing to live up to their standards of a year ago.
It is great to see the Cardinals, especially Calais Campbell, get recognition for great seasons even when their season overall as a team was less than what we expected.