The loss of running back David Johnson obviously will be felt on offense for the Arizona Cardinals. He was the focal point of the offense and was featured in the running and the passing game.
But Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes the team is still in a good spot with the personnel they have at the position in Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson.
After all, David Johnson was not drafted originally to be a starter.
“Andre Ellington was the guy that we drafted David Johnson to play behind and then he got hurt, Chris Johnson got hurt and there’s David Johnson,” Arians said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday. “This has happened to us a couple of times, so it’s a great opportunity for Kerwynn Williams and Andre, and we’ll get Chris Johnson back up to speed.
“We kind of built it around Andre a few years back and David. So we still have those pieces. Kerwynn’s been a runner for us and every time he’s gotten his chance, he’s played really well. And then we know what Chris does well, so we’re trying to have a great feel for all these guys and what they do best and we’ll try to put them in the best positions that they can be successful.”
Williams will be the one to get the most carries, at least early one. But Ellington will play a key role. He will be the team’s nickel running back and should be used like he was his rookie year. If Williams can’t handle the workload, Chris Johnson will get his shot.
The Cardinals do not need any of these players to be David Johnson. They just need to be effective. The Cardinals won games without David Johnson before. They can do it again now, too.
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