Debating Points: Johnson’s Expectations

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson had a productive rookie season last year. He emerged as a three-down back over the course of the regular season. He totaled 125 carries, 581 rushing yards (4.6 yards/carry), eight rushing touchdowns, 36 receptions, 457 receiving yards (12.7 yards/catch), and four receiving touchdowns.

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said Johnson is “probably the best receiving back I’ve seen,” per ESPN.com.  To say the least, Johnson’s expectations are very high.

Johnson’s ceiling is probably somewhere around 100 receptions. A 100-reception season for a running back isn’t too far-fetched. In 2014, then-Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte totaled 102 receptions. Johnson should be north of 1200 rushing yards, and could eclipse 15 total touchdowns.

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