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David Johnson on the rise

Posted by Darren Urban on May 6, 2016 – 8:23 am

The NFL Players Association often puts out a list of the top 50 players who sell the most merchandise; Larry Fitzgerald has been on that list multiple times. But the NFLPA also annually puts out a “Rising 50” ranking, which rates players based on last season’s performance, fantasy popularity, demand from sponsors, and new faces in strong markets that would bode well for the future for those players.

The Cardinals have three players on the latest list, with a slight surprise as the highest ranked (No. 11 overall): Running back David Johnson.

It’s not that Johnson shouldn’t be that high. But safety Tyrann Mathieu is 14th and cornerback Patrick Peterson is 29th, which is the surprising part. Both those guys already have a high national profile, but it’s Johnson that gets the nod over both.

The list is interesting to peruse. Rams running back Todd Gurley is top ranked; Washington QB Kirk Cousins and Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls round out the top three. There are plenty of rookies drafted last weekend on the list, and interestingly, 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert is actually on the list.

It is safe to say this: Johnson is poised for a big year in 2016, in how the Cardinals use him, in the numbers Johnson could potentially pile up after his excellent stretch as a starter late in his rookie season, and how his profile should grow in front of what should be one of the NFL’s better teams. I am curious to see how Johnson might embrace such a rise. He’s a pretty quiet guy and is about the last person that will be looking for the spotlight. Then again, the spotlight might come looking for him.

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4 Responses to “David Johnson on the rise”

  1. By Scott H on May 6, 2016 | Reply

    Amen to David Johnson on the rise! Love this kid. Seeing him in year two is one of the things I am most excited about for the coming season. I think this Johnson & Johnson backfield is going to be awesome.

    Oh, and by the way, we also have Andre Ellington back there. How great is it that a player as explosive as Ellington is almost an after-thought in this offense???

    I would be very OK with seeing a pretty even split in touches for Johnson and Johnson into, say, early Dec to keep DAVID Johnson fresh so we can turn him loose down the stretch and into the post-season. As lethal as our passing game can be, I would not mind seeing more balance on offense this season, more ball control, more keeping our offense on the field for longer drives. To me, THAT is how you compete with Seattle and Carolina. Yeah, I know, Seattle became such an offensive juggernaut last year with their passing game. But they can only be that when their offense is on the field. They can’t score from the sidelines.

  2. By steve on May 6, 2016 | Reply

    David Johnson has all the talent to be a special RB, the key obviously will be to stay healthy and avoid the injury bug as best he can given his increased workload.

  3. By Grandpa Black on May 6, 2016 | Reply

    David Johnson is a good kid. Hoping the best for him and a nice pay raise would bode well for his family as they’ve been down the hard road. He is the epidemy of what hard work can do. Stick to it kid because your work ethic doesn’t go unnoticed.

  4. By xkimo on May 11, 2016 | Reply

    Like David a ton..A humble young man with star written all over himself.

    We have a beautiful triple threat with J.J.& E.

    GO YOU BAD BIRDS YOU !!!!

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