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Arizona head coach Steve Wilks acknowledged Monday that the team needs to be more "creative" in finding ways to get Johnson the ball in space, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "We talked about that," Wilks said, referring to his conversations with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy regarding Johnson's usage. "We've got to utilize David from the standpoint of getting him out of the backfield, putting him in the slot, putting him out there to try and create that matchup that we need."
After making a full recovery from a dislocated wrist that cost him nearly all last season and signing a lucrative contract extension ahead of Week 1, Johnson appeared primed for a massive three-down role heading into his fourth NFL campaign. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Johnson has only managed 118 total yards and a touchdown on 28 touches (22 carries, six receptions), with his limited work in the passing game particularly alarming. The Cardinals' puzzling decision to deploy Johnson primarily as a between-the-tackles runner rather than utilizing him in space -- where his high-end speed and agility make him a game-changing mismatch -- seems to have hindered the 26-year-old's effectiveness thus far, so it's at least encouraging that Wilks is receptive to adjusting the team's playcalling. It's unclear if any schematic changes would also be accompanied by a switch at quarterback, as Wilks was unwilling to say Monday whether he would replace incumbent starter Sam Bradford with first-round rookie Josh Rosen ahead of Sunday's game against the Bears.
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Johnson took 13 carries for 48 yards and caught one of two targets for three yards in Sunday's 34-0 loss to the Rams.
The issue wasn't Arizona abandoning the run so much as the Rams dominating possession with a 67-43 advantage in snaps. Johnson at least found paydirt and drew nine targets in last week's ugly loss, but he was rendered irrelevant Sunday in a thoroughly terrible performance by the Cardinals. Despite the concerns regarding team context, Johnson should bounce back -- at least to some extent -- in a Week 3 home game against the Bears.
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Johnson (back) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
After logging limited practices the previous two days, Johnson made it back to full participation Friday. He should be fine to handle his usual hefty workload, but a road game against the Rams isn't the best spot in terms of efficiency. Speaking after Friday's practice, Johnson labeled himself "100 percent" healthy, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com.
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Johnson (back) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Although his activity level remained the same from Wednesday to Thursday, Johnson was present and active in the open portion of the latter session, at one point taking on the blocking sled, per Urban. There's no reason to believe Johnson's availability is in doubt for Sunday's road jaunt against the Rams, but Friday's injury report will spell out his potential to play in the contest.
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Johnson was limited in practice Wednesday due to a back injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Johnson has been dinged up from time to time in his career, but only a dislocated wrist last season has forced him to the sideline on game day. On this occasion, he was able to work through the back concern Wednesday and has two more chances to elevate to a full participant before the end of the week. Johnson ceded snaps to rookie Chase Edmonds during the Cardinals' Week 1 defeat to the Redskins, which could happen again if the veteran enters the weekend at far less than 100 percent.
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Johnson had nine carries for 37 yards with a touchdown and caught five of nine targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 24-6 loss to Washington.
The Cardinals really struggled on offense, recording just 14 first downs and failing to score until Johnson's short touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. Johnson's nine targets were second on the team behind Larry Fitzgerald's 10 looks, so quarterback Sam Bradford wisely used his star runner in the passing game. Meanwhile, rookie Chase Edmonds had eight touches for 48 yards, although most of his work came in the fourth quarter and he's not a threat to Johnson's workload anyway, Next week, Johnson will face the Rams.
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Johnson signed a three-year, $39 million extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The deal is worth up to $45 million and includes $30 million guaranteed.
It's a well-deserved contract for Johnson despite sitting out last season with a wrist injury. He's just two seasons removed from a 20-touchdown year.
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Johnson took six carries for 22 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for five yards in Friday's preseason game against the Saints.
Johnson handled Arizona's first three drives, finishing with a nine-yard touchdown that included six yards of pushing a massive pile full of offensive linemen and Saints defenders. He has 50 yards on eight carries through two preseason games, with his rare mixture of speed and strength on full display. Johnson could get some more work in the third week of the preseason, as Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said it's important for the star running back to get significant playing time before Week 1. We aren't so sure about that, but it should at least be interesting to watch if Wilks holds true to his word next Sunday against the Cowboys.
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Johnson, who logged just two carries for 28 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Chargers, could be in line for more action in Friday's preseason game against the Saints, the Cardinals' official site reports. "David didn't play last year," coach Steve Wilks said of his star running back, whose 2017 season ended after just 11 carries. "And you talk about the timing...I think it's important he plays quite a bit. When I say quite a bit, I'm talking my standards."
That said, Johnson isn't likely to handle a huge workload Friday, but Wilks did suggest that the running back figures to see more action in the next two games than he did in the Cardinals' preseason opener, when he was one the field for just two snaps on offense.
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Johnson reported to the Cardinals' facility Monday, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
On the heels of a lost campaign in 2017, Johnson participated in the majority of the offseason program after his left wrist was given medical clearance in early April. His absence from mandatory minicamp in mid-June was accompanied by a desire for a contract extension. The pseudo-holdout came to a close Monday as he joined rookies, quarterbacks and other players returning from injury. Despite not having a new deal in hand, Johnson will no doubt be available once Cardinals training camp begins in earnest Friday.