For many, David Johnson is on the brink of another breakout.
He’ll be the focal point of an offense that will be expected to provide an explosive onfield product.
Yet, some want to see it before they buy-in.
Maurice Jones-Drew of NFL Network wants to see David Johnson produce again before he ranks him as one of the top running backs in the NFL.
25. David Johnson, RB, Cardinals
Johnson, an All-Pro in 2016, hasn’t been the same since suffering a season-ending wrist injury in Week 1 of the 2017 season. The Cardinals had the worst offense in the NFL last season and look to be much better under first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The only issue is that Kingsbury’s track record shows he won’t be running the ball much in his “Air Raid” offense. Johnson is a tremendous talent and could be used in the pass game out of the backfield and in the slot, but my guess is the Cards won’t be leaning on the running game.
I think MJD is one of the many, many uneducated analyst in what Kliff Kingsbury does on offense.
Kingsbury with a high end quarterback found his run pass ratio at 38/62, but since the departure of Patrick Mahomes, that number shifted to 44 run 56 pass.
Johnson will also have a ton of touches in the pass game, as 17% of passes went to running backs in Kingsbury’s offense.
While I can get on board with David Johnson not being a top 5 or maybe even top 10 running back, saying there are 24 better is quite a take.
Where would you see Johnson rank in the NFL?