David Johnson says he’s healthy, “full throttle”

Posted by Darren Urban on March 11, 2017 – 2:18 pm

Playing in Kurt Warner’s annual flag football tourney Saturday, David Johnson didn’t have to do much — the players involved are the all-time quarterbacks for their teams, which basically means grabbing the ball and standing there until someone gets open.

(Although I saw a first in all my years at this event, which started in 2004. Falcons wideout Mohamed Sanu — pictured below, laughing with Johnson — actually played defense for his team a couple of times.)

Johnson has some work to do as a quarterback. But as for his day job — and the knee injury he suffered late in the season — all is better now.

“My wheel is good,” Johnson said. “Good to go already. Back training, full throttle. Doing everything.”

He admitted he got a “harsh reminder” not to do things like jump out of pools, which he had put up on social media while rehabbing.

“I just wanted to show people I was back and ready to go,” Johnson said. Back to 100 percent? “For sure,” he said.

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49 Responses to “David Johnson says he’s healthy, “full throttle””

  1. By creditcard on Mar 11, 2017 | Reply

    So far I’m not impressed with any of the free agency deals Kiem has made.

    These moves give the impression of a 2-year liquidation / bargain basement type strategy so that the Cards can sink to the bottom of the west, but still give the fan base the illusion management is trying to improve the team. After a disastrous 2016 and soon to be 2017 campaign, the Cards could then liquidate the older players next year, and start the rebuilding in 2018

  2. By LadyBird04 on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    Glad to hear DJ is 100% and that someone gave him a “harsh reminder” about showboating during rehab.

    Credit Card: RE: free agency moves aimed at losing…
    Last year: 3 missed kicks equaled 2 lost games and 1 tie – Had they been made Cards would have made the playoffs. Cat Man is GONE. Phil Dawson is much steadier and focused. He knows every field and their particulars. That move alone negates your argument.

    Anyone who thought the Cards could sign all 20+ free agents with their available cap space was being unrealistic. Big contract to Jones by itself ate a big chunk. Calais was realistically gone the minute the Rams game ended. Jefferson was a possibility until the teams with loads of cap space started waving huge bundles of cash.

    It is still early and we’ve seen free agent signings going on into training camp before. Everyone – BREATHE!

  3. By Big Ken on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    Well subtract C. Campbell and others.Sign Chandler Jones to a long term deal/remove franchise tag. Team seems to be in a good position financially. What’s the hold up? I’m kind of underwhelmed.

  4. By clssylssy on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    Blaming Special Teams is getting tired. It’s the front office and the coaching staff who bare the brunt of blame for our failed season, and it’s the same people who have continued making bad decisions so far. Even AzSports is questioning whether the Bidwill/Arians/Keim brain trust has irrevocably damanaged our window of possible SB hopes.
    You want to blame Cat man for our losses? I want accountability for not fixing problems when they first became apparent & then continued. In most budinesses managers are expected to get results or THEY get replaced with people who can effect the desired outcome. Getting rid if those who are actually doing their job & are responsible for any success because your Comptroller doesn’t have a head for business is a slap in the face at investors (fans).
    JTDG has explained at length how it IS possible to structure contracts such that we could have retained many of our players and continued to build on the strengths we had in place. As it is, we have a mass exodise of core players & more questions than answers with much suspicion about our sudden collapse with little to hang our hopes on.

  5. By rod on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    Man David and the Cardinals dodged a bullet in that meaningless game just to grab him the record.

    This off season is flying by 😊 I like that, but it means I’m really getting old.

  6. By CardsNation on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply


    I’m also not impressed with the free agency. However, it does make sense to rebuild the team in 2018 since both Palmer and Larry are gone. It creates so much cap space and we can resign David Johnson after 2018 season for long term deal.

  7. By steve on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    Darren: BA talked about getting a dual PR/KR this off season, do you know if the team has any interest in Vikings WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson? He could help our special teams.

  8. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Patterson

    For one, I don’t know if Patterson can return punts. He hasn’t done it in the NFL. Don’t know if they’d want him just for KOR.

  9. By MartinK on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    What scares me is that we are still missing a starting guard and corner. We all love David Johnson but he is easier to replace than a Patrick Peterson. And we all dreaded to see Cat miss but you could also review last season and come to the conclusion that we failed to score in the first half due to poor execution and some poorly performing backups on the offensive line.

    We were killed at corner at the end of the previous season and that lasted until Cooper stepped in. I see free agency go by and players at the corner and guard position go to other teams. I would have liked to see T J Lang on our offensive line who would have given us the chance for a dominating line. Bottom line: We can’t count on drafting a starting guard and corner in this draft.


  10. By CardsNation on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    It’s looking like Cardinals have a little interest in Johnathan Hankins. He could be the best sign by the Cardinals in this year’s free agency. He could be the potential replacement for Campbell. They should consider Zach Brown who had a great season.

  11. By NJAzCardsFan on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    Cards FA activity….. SNOOZE Zzzzzzzzzzzzz…..

    Did everyone in the Cards Front Office go fishing/golfing this weekend????

  12. By mitchaz on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    Hi Darren—

    Could you please check your spam. I sent my Day 3 FA Thoughts to you about 6 hours ago and it hasn’t been posted yet.

    Why do you think the Cardinals are being so passive in FA? Are they really “All In” on 2017? They still have $20M in cap space and I am wondering whether the league has caught on to Keim (bargain hunter) and Arians (player basher).

  13. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    Mitchaz —

    RE: Day three thoughts

    Sorry. There’s nothing there.

    As far as being “passive,” they signed three guys in the first 24 hours or so. All three are likely starters. Not sure how that is passive.

    Everyone on this board likes to talk about “all in.” Very popular topic. If that means to you all that you spend all the cap space on the highest priced FAs, beyond 2017 be damned, that’s not how they are going to do things. They’ve got people — most importantly Mike Disner — who are studying and breaking down FAs around the league, what the market is, age, fit for Cardinals, etc. And, by the way, $20M in cap space isn’t what it used to be. It’s not even in the top two-thirds of the league anymore.

  14. By faster on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    FA until now, plus dansby (yes, he is old but a good omen), plus dawson (albeit a special advisor for catman would have been also possible).

    bethea is unknown for me, thats a wait and see.
    i hope rucker and cj2k will be brought back, they would add valuable deepth. at the moment plusminus.

    minus the deal with chandler jones, made some days after the tag, this is idiotic, they could have used the tag for jefferson, if chandlers contract would have dealt some days earlier. either keim was not up to scratch or jones manager should be on the blacklist for the next years. darren, maybe we armchairmanagers need a bit of polishup, if you have some inside information about the timelines for the deal.

  15. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    Faster —

    RE: Tag

    They were never going to tag Jefferson. And I doubt they would’ve tagged Campbell.

  16. By Wild Blue Yonder on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply

    Some teams are willing to “be aggressive in FA”.

    Detroit Lions sign guard T.J. Lang to three-year deal

    By Conor Orr
    Around The NFL Writer
    Published: March 12, 2017 at 01:14 p.m.
    Updated: March 12, 2017 at 04:39 p.m

  17. By mitchaz on Mar 12, 2017 | Reply


    G/T Earl Watford—the Cardinals drafted Cole Toner last year with the notion of him becoming the next Swiss Army sub at G, T and perhaps even C. Watford now gets his chance to be a full-time starter in JAX. Some say he didn’t make the most of his opportunities in AZ, but I thought he played well as the starting RT when Bobby Massie was suspended, and, let’s face it, during Watford’s tenure the Cardinals kept signing veteran guards as stop-gap starters, like Ted Larsen and Evan Mathis. One has to wonder what would have happened if the Cardinals had committed the RG spot to Watford and built him up. Instead, they were content to keep him as the utility man, which is ok for a 4th round draft pick, but not ideal.

    TE Darren Fells—last summer Carson Palmer was raving about Fells, how trimmer and faster he looked and how he was gobbling up everything thrown his way in practice. Hopes were high. However, Fells never really got on track as a receiver this year due to a greater focus on the running game, with David Johnson moving to the slot in passing g situations and with Fells battling injuries. Fells is over 30 now, but he’s only played 3 years and I think he has 2-3 good years ahead of him. It is surprising that with no logical #2 TE currently on the roster that the Cardinals were loath to re-sign Fells for $1.5M and that they over-spent on Jermaine Gresham at $6M a year when all Martellus Bennett could get was $7M a year. Clearly the Cardinals misjudged the TE market.

    CB Marcus Cooper—his defection was a fait accompli from the get-go, with BA insisting that the team “wants his back” (oh, sure) but that “Coop is going to get a big payday.” This is exactly how the Cardinals operate when they really do not want a player back. In order to appease the fans and build up the player’s marketability, they talk the player up and insist that they want him back. Let’s be real. The Cardinals never wanted Coop back—which is fine. And thus he becomes the second 7th round trade one-year rental they have made in the last three years (Matt Barkley).



    Day 3 Grade: F

    When one looks at what the Patriots have accomplished in recent days—adding CB Stephon Gilmore ( a FA target many of us were hoping for), WR Brandin Cooks (who fits BA’s offense to a tee and is clearly superior to Brown and Nelson), TE Dwayne Allen (again, who fits BA’s offense to a tee because of his prolific blocking and red zone ability), 34DE Lawrence Guy (who was one of my top FA targets to ease the loss of Calais Campbell) and DE/OLB Kony Ealy (who would give the Cardinals a much needed 3rd edge rusher)—one is quickly reminded why the Patriots keep spiraling upward, while the Cardinals keep spinning their wheels.

    One might say, but wait, the Patriots have much more cap space than the Cardinals. Yep, that’s true. But, could the Cardinals have afforded every one of the moves the Patriots have made? Easily. They could have done what the Pats did with Gilmore in giving him his signing bonus up front and spread it out over the length of the contract—Gilmore is scheduled to count $8M on the cap this year. Cooks is on the 4th year of his 5 year rookie deal and is scheduled to count $1.6M on this year’s cap. Dwayne Allen: $5 M. Lawrence Guy: $3M. Kony Ealy: $900K.

    Total 2017 Cap Hit: $18.4M.

    The Cardinals currently have $20.5M in cap space even after signing Bethea, Dawson and Dansby.

    Now—we still do not have a clue as to what is going on behind the scenes with Steve Keim and what the total plan is. Maybe Keim has been trying to spring some deals. But, it is very difficult to watch teams improve their roster while the Cardinals sit tight…especially with all the needs (RG, WR, DE, OLB, CB, FS, PR, KR) that thus far remain unfilled.

  18. By Robert on Mar 13, 2017 | Reply

    Too many losses in the secondary in the past two years, Poweres, Jefferesom, Swearinger, Cooper, all good players that were signed by other NFL teams. Just look at how the Patriots do it, then look at the cardinalls, just being honest, but with no back up QB, and a need at CB and ILB and our bad fortune in number one picks producing in Year 1, i’m not that enthusiatic. It seems like a lot of NFC teams have improved, and we have not. Our QB is not getting any younger nor is FITZ, our 2 highest paid players.

  19. By Scott H on Mar 13, 2017 | Reply

    Well, glad to hear that DJ is doing well on the road to recovery. Because the offense may clearly have to be the side of the ball that is going to carry us in 2017.

    What about Bennie Logan? Just a good solid player, strong against the run.

    Still many very capable defensive FA names out there to be had. I know we’re not going on any spending sprees, but…..I’m REALLY hoping we’re not done here.

  20. By Scott H on Mar 13, 2017 | Reply

    Honest question here….BUT the point is to try to step outside of your existence as a Cardinals fan. If you think you can do that, please respond. If not ( and, no, it’s not easy! ), then move along.

    If you are looking at the Cardinals so far in FA as an outsider, are you saying to yourself wow, they really loading up to be to be the team to beat in the NFC this year???

    Because, so far…..I think my reaction would be more one of raised eye-brows.

  21. By faster on Mar 13, 2017 | Reply

    darren, not even a “non-exclusive” tag?

  22. By Darren Urban on Mar 13, 2017 | Reply

    Faster —

    RE: Tag

    Are you talking about Jefferson? I don’t believe they saw Jefferson as being worth that kind of money, no. But it goes beyond that. You already have two DBs making huge money. You try to have some roster balance.

  23. By jasonc on Mar 13, 2017 | Reply

    I love when people talk about the Patriots and then associate their team with them…as if what the Patriots do is so easily replicated.

    If the Cards traded a young double-digit sack edge player entering his prime for a second round pick and an oft-injured offensive guard or an uber-athletic linebacker who stood 6’5 weighed 250 pounds with playmaking ability and speed for a compensatory 3rd round pick or a possible 4th half the valley would be on suicide watch and the Cards management would have to ride around in bullet-proof limos like the president.

    People are freaking out because we didn’t pay a super tough safety with slightly above average athletic ability and 2 interceptions in 4 seasons.

  24. By D on Mar 13, 2017 | Reply

    Should be some activity this week..

    Holes still to fill:

    OLB: J. Jones / A. Okafor
    RG: J. Evans / J. Jerry
    CB: Jerraud Powers.
    RB: C. Johnson / D. McFadden


    Round 1: CB: Marshon Lattimore OSU / ILB R. Foster ILB
    Round 2: ILB: H. Reddick Temple / ILB R. McMillan OSU / J. Davis FL CB C. Tankersley
    Round 3: WR Z. Jones / WR J. Smith Schuster

    Rest of the draft for depth: TE, OL DL

  25. By Big Ken on Mar 13, 2017 | Reply

    I hear crickets.

  26. By Scott H on Mar 13, 2017 | Reply

    RE: Benny Logan

    Never mind, signed by the Chiefs. Sorry, I forgot FA was still going on.

  27. By Christian on Mar 13, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H-

    Re: Not-as-Cardinal-fans

    I asked what you posted to my siblings. A Patriot fan, a Steelers fan, and a Cowboy fan. Steelers fan said we were done and conceding (there has been bad football blood there ever since the Super Bowl we lost). Pats fan said she thinks our FO is confident that we were a few pieces away from playoffs (she also blamed some of our early losses on the inexperience and poor outings we had from some key special teams players). Cowboys fan said our only real need is G (may not agree with him) and that we couldn’t bid high enough for the top talent there. I hope that helps.

  28. By WB on Mar 13, 2017 | Reply

    Credit card is an idiot

  29. By Fighting bird on Mar 14, 2017 | Reply

    Freight train coming through ,freight train Johnson.

  30. By Scott H on Mar 14, 2017 | Reply

    credit card –

    Speak your mind and you will surely be raked over the coals. Not saying I am right there with you, but….it ain’t like what you are saying is completely ridiculous, either. If nothing else, only time can prove you right or wrong. But, or course, since what you are saying sounds negative and raises questions and concerns, it gets blasted here.

    Guess I’ll be an idiot, too, for not thinking you are one.

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