Cardinals’ David Johnson named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Oct 12, 2016, 6:59 AM
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs against San Francisco 49ers strong safety An...
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs against San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The legend of David Johnson continues to grow.

The second-year running back was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Wednesday following his stellar performance against the San Francisco 49ers. Johnson ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and caught three passes for 28 yards in the Cardinals’ 33-21 road win last Thursday night.

Johnson currently leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage, with 695 — 62 yards more than Tennessee’s DeMarco Murray. He’s third in the league in rushing with 457 yards on 91 carries, behind only Dallas rookie Ezekiel Elliott and Murray. His 14 runs of 10 yards or more are the most in the NFL.

This is the first time Johnson has won the Offensive Player of the Week award, but he did garner Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 2 of 2015 when he returned the opening kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown in a 48-23 win over the Chicago Bears.

He’s also the first Cardinals running back to win the award since LeShon Johnson in 1996.

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