Chris Johnson
RB ARI (9)
6 days ago

Johnson recorded team highs with 16 carries for 54 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 40-7 demolition of the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson garnered a career-low two snaps in the regular season opener, after which head coach Bruce Arians regretted not using the veteran back more often. Indeed, Johnson received a sizable bump in usage Sunday, picking up 21 of the Cardinals' 66 offensive snaps, according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix. With the hosts safely in front, 33-7, after three quarters, starting RB David Johnson took a seat, thereby allowing the veteran Johnson to handle the rock the rest of the way, which involved a three-yard touchdown to push the score to its final tally.

Chris Johnson
RB ARI (9)
2 weeks ago

Johnson earned just two of 61 offensive snaps during Sunday's loss to the Patriots, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, David Johnson was the bell cow that head coach Bruce Arians said he'd be this season, picking up 58 in all. Even Andre Ellington (nine snaps) was utilized more than the elder Johnson, who managed two yards on his sole carry. On Monday, Arians expressed regret that he didn't use Chris Johnson more, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, but after an efficient performance from David Johnson -- 5.6 YPC, one rushing touchdown, gathered up four of six targets -- one has to wonder why the head honcho would consider a different approach.

Chris Johnson
RB ARI (9)
4 weeks ago

Johnson notched seven carries for 24 yards during Sunday's preseason loss at Houston.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals' ground game was dominated by David Johnson on the first two possessions, but the veteran Johnson and Andre Ellington shared the load for the next three, getting work with both Carson Palmer and his backup Drew Stanton. While Chris Johnson ripped off a 13-yard run at one point, he otherwise didn't surpass four yards on any other rush and wasn't targeted in the passing game. If his usage in the preseason is any indication, his touch count will hover about five per game in 2016 behind the bell cow that is David Johnson.

Chris Johnson
RB ARI (9)
1 month ago

Johnson turned four carries into seven yards during Friday's preseason defeat at San Diego.

EDGE Analysis

Preseason performances for a veteran like Johnson don't mean all that much in the end, as he's merely reacquainting himself with the contact that he's endured for eight NFL seasons. The breakdown of snaps after David Johnson has been more telling. During both of the Cardinals' exhibitions to date, the second-year pro has earned the start, with the veteran immediately following in his wake. At numerous points in the offseason, head coach Bruce Arians has termed David Johnson the bell-cow back in Arizona, but Chris Johnson is still expected to be a regular contributor in the upcoming campaign.

Chris Johnson
RB ARI (9)
2 months ago

Johnson feels much better this year than he did in 2015, when he signed with the Cardinals in the middle of training camp, the Arizona Republic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson remained a free agent for longer than expected due to an offseason shooting incident in which he took a bullet to the trapezoid muscle. After inking a deal with the Cardinals on Aug. 17, 2015, he strained his right hamstring on the second day of training camp, and despite landing the starting RB job in Week 2 due to a knee injury to Andre Ellington, he spent most of the season working himself into shape. In the end, he suffered a season-ending fractured left tibia in Week 12, opening the door for David Johnson's coming out party. While head coach Bruce Arians considers the second-year pro as his do-everything back, the Johnsons are "even" as ball carriers, according to offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, which will likely result in a consistent workload for Chris Johnson on a weekly basis.

Chris Johnson
RB ARI (9)
6 months ago

The Cardinals and Johnson agreed to a one-year contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

After taking a visit to the RB-needy Dolphins this week, Johnson has decided to remain in Arizona, where he revitalized his career in 2015 to the tune of 814 yards on the ground and three touchdowns in 11 games. However, he sustained a fractured left tibia in Week 12, ending his season as the Cardinals went on to lose in the NFC championship game. The injury allowed David Johnson to take the reins of the rushing attack, meaning the elder Johnson will be relegated to a reserve role in the fall.

Chris Johnson
RB ARI (9)
6 months ago3 Comments

Johnson is expected to make a choice between Miami and Arizona as his free agent destination, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Other teams have requested a visit from Johnson, but he isn't likely to make them according to La Canfora. Johnson rushed for 814 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games for the Cardinals in 2015; he would likely take the top running back job from Lamar Miller should he take his talents to Miami.

Chris Johnson
RB ARI (9)
6 months ago

Johnson (knee) was in Miami for a visit on Wednesday, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Dolphins lost out on C.J. Anderson when the Broncos matched the contract offer Tuesday but they are still looking for a veteran back to compete for the starting job with Jay Ajayi. Johnson had a productive season for Arizona last year rushing for 814 yards before suffering a broken leg in Week 12 that prematurely ended his 2015 campaign.

Chris Johnson
RB ARI (9)
8 months ago

Johnson (tibia) enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

EDGE Analysis

After Johnson landed on short-term IR on Dec. 1 due to a fractured tibia in his left leg, his sole appearance thereafter would have been in the Super Bowl, and Jay Glazer of FOX Sports even reported before Sunday's NFC championship game that the veteran RB would have been activated upon an Arizona victory. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the Panthers wiped away that possibility with a thorough beatdown. While Johnson is nearing the end of his recovery, his absence allowed David Johnson to stake a claim to the top running back gig, leaving general manager Steve Keim to evaluate whether the elder Johnson is a part of the Cardinals' future.

Chris Johnson
RB ARI (9)
8 months ago

Johnson (fractured tibia) returned to practice Tuesday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

EDGE Analysis

Placed on short-term injured reserve, Johnson won't be eligible to return until the Super Bowl, if the Cardinals make it that far. Even in such a scenario, he'd likely play second fiddle to rookie David Johnson, who emerged as one of the NFL's better running backs over the final five weeks of the regular season. The Cardinals may have found their running back of the future, but not before the 30-year-old Johnson proved that he still has something left. Be it in Arizona or elsewhere, (Chris) Johnson shouldn't have trouble finding work next season, potentially even garnering serious consideration for starting jobs. First, he'll try to get healthy in time for a potential Super Bowl appearance.