ARIZONA CARDINALS

Kingsbury: David Johnson’s lack of touches a need-based decision

Oct 20, 2019, 4:02 PM | Updated: Oct 21, 2019, 7:30 am

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Running back David Johnson was officially active against the New York Giants after dealing with injuries over the past two weeks.

Looking at the box score from Sunday, he was anything but.

Johnson received the first carry of the day, running for two yards. From there, however, it was the Chase Edmonds Show, as questions loomed as to what happened to the team’s starting RB.

While there won’t be any definite answers until next week’s injury report comes out, Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury provided some clarity to Johnson’s limited role after the game.

“We were just being smart,” Kingsbury told reporters after the 27-21 win. “It was a need-based deal and Chase needed to be spelled but we wanted to make sure Dave came out of there clean for later on in the season.”

Part of that need was third-string running back D.J. Foster being unavailable this week due to a hamstring injury. Arizona kept a limited Johnson active simply to have more than one running back active.

Edmonds made sure Johnson wouldn’t be needed, rushing for 126 yards and three scores on 27 carries, while adding another 24 yards on two receptions.

But even if Edmonds had struggled, Kingsbury’s plan all along was to limit Johnson’s touches as he eyes the rest of the season.

“We would have just kept going with Chase,” Kingsbury said.

With his breakout day, Edmonds has rushed for 287 yards and four scores on 51 touches, while Johnson now sits at 300 yards and two touchdowns on 77 carries in 2019.

Johnson still has a healthy advantage in the passing game, recording 30 catches for 315 yards and three scores compared to Edmonds’ 10 receptions for 100 yards and a TD.

“Dave earned all the money and all the fame that he really has he has and I just didn’t want to see that taken away just because of him going out with an ankle injury,” Edmonds told reporters after the game when asked about Johnson. “I just told him I’m gonna hold it down and hopefully we can get him back for New Orleans because we’re going to need all hands on deck.”

Array
Presented By
Western Governors University

Presented By
Western Governors University

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Cardinals

Monti Ossenfort speaks at the NFL Combine...

Tyler Drake

NFL mock draft tracker: What will the Cardinals do with the No. 4 pick?

A look at the players being mocked to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 4 overall in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

9 hours ago

Arizona Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort talks to reporters...

Tyler Drake

Monti Ossenfort keeping trade options open as Cardinals’ draft board nears completion

The Arizona Cardinals have about 95% of their draft board completed about a week out from the NFL Draft and continue to look at all avenues.

1 day ago

Monti Ossenfort looks on during the 2023 NFL Draft Combine...

Tyler Drake

Daniel Jeremiah: NFL Draft is Cardinals’ moment to set up franchise for years to come

The 2024 NFL Draft marks a big set-your-franchise-up situation for the Arizona Cardinals, says NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

2 days ago

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill speaks at a press conference...

Tyler Drake

Michael Bidwill: Cardinals ‘aligned on getting this thing right’ in 2024

Michael Bidwill believes the Cardinals aren't that far off from really turning things around under Jonathan Gannon and Monti Ossenfort.

3 days ago

Marvin Harrison Jr....

Nick Borgia

Marvin Harrison Jr. remains Cardinals top pick in latest ESPN mock

With the 2024 NFL draft just around the corner, ESPN's latest mock draft details what could be in store for the Cardinals' first six picks.

3 days ago

Rome Odunze...

Kevin Zimmerman

Peter Schrager’s NFL mock draft has a surprising Cardinals trade-down with Giants

Peter Schrager believes the New York Giants could trade with the Arizona Cardinals, who move down to the No. 6 pick to select Rome Odunze.

4 days ago

Kingsbury: David Johnson’s lack of touches a need-based decision