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The Cardinals are looking to make a run at the playoffs again in 2017. The Arizona team is primed and ready to shake up the league thanks in large part to all-around back David Johnson. The entire offseason has been about finding ways to get the ball in the hands of the talented back and pile on the workload leading up to training camp. With that said, head coach Bruce Arians knows that he needs to support Johnson with some depth in the backfield. Although Johnson insists that he could carry the rock thirty times a game, it’s rare for any back in the league to get over 25 touches a game over the course of an entire season. Pushing that limit is flirting with the chance of injury and a big blow to playoff hopes.
On Thursday, Arizona announced they were re-signing veteran running back Chris Johnson whose last two years as a Cardinal have ended early due to injuries. In 2015 the older Johnson rushed for over 800 yards before a cracked tibia banished him to the sideline. Last year, the back only managed to play four games before going down for the rest of the season with a groin injury. This offseason, Chris Johnson has been sweating the prospect of finding a team to sign him and give him a chance to eclipse the 10,000 career rushing yards mark. The Cardinals will give him that chance in 2017 assuming a productive training camp and injury-free preseason.
Even with the signing, the realistic chance of reaching the milestone is extremely slim. Unless the younger Johnson goes down with an injury, or the Cards obliterate opponents, Chris Johnson won’t have much chance of seeing the field. With that said, the veteran will bring valuable insight and experience to the backfield, and who knows with a miraculous playoff season in Arizona, maybe the old-timer could see a miracle of his own.