Keim: David Johnson needs reps

Posted by Darren Urban on August 14, 2017 – 8:16 am

Running back David Johnson only played a few snaps for the Cardinals Saturday, getting three touches — all runs, for 16 yards — on the first four plays. He was stood up on his last carry and took a shot, although General Manager Steve Keim said he wasn’t concerned.

“It’s going to be tough to hurt a 228-pound back,” Keim said during his appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7.

Keim also made one other thing clear: While there might be a feeling like placing Johnson in bubble wrap until the Cardinals get to the regular season could be the best course of action, it is not. “As good as he is,” Keim added, “he needs the reps as well.” There’s no substitute for getting action in a full-speed football game when it comes to getting ready for full-speed football games. That’s the reality, risk or not.

Among some of the other Keim thoughts from the morning:

— After the constant talk the past two camps about the progress of D.J. Humphries (two years ago) and Robert Nkemdiche (last year), Keim was asked if there had been anyone in particular he has been disappointed or frustrated with this camp. Keim said no. The GM admitted that early in camp he might’ve been frustrated with second-year cornerback Brandon Williams from a consistency standpoint, “but he’s picked it up. He’s working his tail off. … He’s come a long way.”

Keim said he can’t think of anyone underachieving, and given Keim’s ability to be blunt like his head coach, that’s a good sign.

— Not surprisingly, one guy Keim was pleased about from Saturday’s game was linebacker Josh Bynes. Bynes picked up the defense quickly, and Keim likes his range, speed and length. “He’s had some success in the past,” Keim said, and echoed what has become clear, that Bynes has a shot at the roster.

— Keim was happy with offensive execution and the physical play from the Cardinals. He was hoping for a three-and-out from the first-team defense after the initial TD (it should be noted the Raiders didn’t play starting quarterback Derek Carr), but that’s one of a handful of things the Cards can work on this week.

— There are still many things to improve for Nkemdiche, Keim said. But he did say Nkemdiche is “headed in the right direction,” praising his want-to, work ethic and film study.

— Film study will be important to the top two draft picks, linebacker Haason Reddick and Budda Baker. Both need to keep working on getting their eyes in the right place during plays, understanding what the offense is doing and finding a balance between quality aggressiveness and staying disciplined.

— Both punters had “extremely live legs” but Keim emphasized it’s not just the length of punts that are judged but also hang time, ball placement and such.

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9 Responses to “Keim: David Johnson needs reps”

  1. By D on Aug 14, 2017 | Reply

    If Bynes keeps up that production in pre-season, as long as he can play Special Teams, he should be the 4th ILB.

    I would limit DJ, this offense needs him to be healthy week one.

    Nkemdiche is improving, although against backups so far, he needs to use
    is hands more but it’s encouraging so far.

  2. By JTDG on Aug 14, 2017 | Reply

    A few things to watch for in the upcoming Bears game;

    The Bears have a ton of CBs and some will be cut at the end of camp. It will be interesting to watch if any are worth snatching.

    How will Bobbie Massie do against Marcus Golden?

    The 3 interior guys for the bears, Kyle Long, Josh Sitton and Cody Whitehair are as good as it gets. If all 3 play, it will be interesting to see how the d line holds up.

    The cards tackles, with the new switch, how do the do against Leonard Floyd, Mcphee, and Willie Young.

    Jordon Howard is the forgotten rookie running back but he put up 1300 yards rushing last year. Howard vs Reddick. Now that will be a nice test for Reddick,

    How many picks can the cards DBs get. Mike Glennon is horrible. Getting 16 million and will most likely be a back up by start of season. Cards DBs should feast this week.

    Budda Baker showed a little more this week than last. Can he take it to the next level in week 3 ?

  3. By Scott H on Aug 14, 2017 | Reply

    DJ will get plenty of reps – come September.

  4. By D on Aug 14, 2017 | Reply

    Are you suggesting making a offer to Chicago for CB K. Fuller?. Mostly a disappointment after being drafted in Round 1. Still young though.
    You know Prince and Cooper will be the starters and are not going anywhere.

    Saints maybe shopping D. Breaux, CB, 6’1. Has had plenty of injuries, but when healthy he would be an option at CB2 Compensation for him would be lower than K. Fuller. He was undrafted out of LSU and is 27yrs old.

  5. By JTDG on Aug 14, 2017 | Reply


    Not sure who the Bears like or will keep but D Hall or J Banks are a couple guys who can play. Long press CBs.

    Just thinking they will be releasing a few CBs. Worth taking a look in this game.

    As for the saints guy, we got him last year with Tharold. A guy with promise slowed by injuries. I would rather get a guy who has been healthy.

  6. By D on Aug 14, 2017 | Reply

    I still believe we need to discuss options with the Bengals, they appear to have the most invested by $ and by 1st Round draft picks at the CB spot. For some reason, whatever Pacman Jones does off the field, the owner still believes in him, and will keep him, meaning they have two backups who are first round draft picks sitting on the bench.
    I don’t know the pecking order on claim waivers, but if any decent CB’s are released this preseason, doubtful Keim will have a shot at one being lower on the claim list, which would require him to make a deal while they are signed with the Bengals.

    The more playing time E. Penny gets in Aug and continues to move the pile and obtain positive yardage, the less likely Keim will be able to sneak him on the practice squad again.

  7. By shannon robinson on Aug 14, 2017 | Reply

    I enjoyed the GameDay atmosphere at our Stadium – it was good to be back. I applaud the new diversity with our Cheerleaders as it’s only a small difference but a grand distinction. I stayed at the Renaissance and had the pleasure of meeting a number of players in brief interludes like elevator rides or a cafe stop. They were ingratiating, tolerant, welcoming, and all were fun to talk to and quick to be funny as well. It all made a positive impression and is an enticement to go over the pond with the team to the UK. I am of course rooting for a bunch of guys now. I watched Cole Toner and Tony Bergstrom working the middle of the line together – they are both special and Tony B might be my surprise choice to make up the O-Line. A Tip of the Cardinals’ Wing to all the staff, security, police, and everybody else that contributed to making the Raider Invasion safe and fun for all.

  8. By D on Aug 14, 2017 | Reply

    Disappointing hearing about the current state of the WR room. I would keep an eye on status of J. Janis WR in GB. He may not make the roster, but I wouldn’t mind if AZ went after him. We saw what he was capable of against AZ in the playoffs a few years ago.

  9. By clssylssy on Aug 14, 2017 | Reply

    Isn’t the pecking order for claiming off waivers the same as draft order was? Hmm, if that’s the case, we might have a shot should there be an interest by the front office. Seems like the Seahawks are also neck deep in receivers who all looked pretty good too.

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