A popular pick to be the 2018 NFL Comeback Player of the Year will be David Johnson.
It’s no wonder, he was one of the NFL’s best players in 2016.
He’s a dual threat running back who makes as much of an impact catching the ball as running.
That’s why as publications begin to predict the Comeback Player of the Year, you’ll see Johnson mentioned heavily.
Pro Football Focus gave their top five comeback candidates, and Johnson was third on their list.
David Johnson’s dominance as a receiver in 2016 really shouldn’t be overlooked. So good in fact that he won our award for the Best Receiver in the NFL, with a PFF grade of 92.6 as a receiver, and 87.8 overall. The former third-round draft pick out of Northern Iowa forced 27 missed tackles on 80 receptions, and another 44 on his 293 carries, making a huge impact in the Cardinals running and passing game. His workload was huge for a running back as his 964 snaps on offense the second-most we’ve seen from a running back since 2006. Only Matt Forte’s 998 snaps in 2014 rank higher than Johnson in 2016. The key to Johnson being so important and so good as a wide receiver is how he can be utilized all over the field, and back in 2016 there were plays where he lined up out wide and made key receptions to keep drives alive. Assuming he is fully healthy, there’s no reason not to expect the Cardinals offense to run through him again in 2018, and don’t be surprised if he quickly becomes Josh Rosen’s top target when he assumes the starting job at quarterback.
The two players listed before DJ are the one and only J.J. Watt and a quarterback that took the league by storm in his short time in Deshaun Watson.
Johnson will get the touches to be the winner of the award, the problem is that the names in front of him will have the same opportunity to produce huge numbers.
In fact, the top five PFF listed looks more like an All Pro list than a Comeback Player of the Year list, as Odell Beckham Jr and Aaron Rodgers round out the PFF list.
It’ll be stiff competition and should be a lot of fun to watch, having Johnson in the race will make it just a little more fun.