The Running Back Depth
With the Arizona Cardinals re-signing running back Chris Johnson to a one-year deal, the depth at running back is loaded for 2017. Arizona still has David Johnson, Andre Ellington, and a few other backs on the roster that make up the stacked depth at running back for this upcoming season.
The signing of Chris Johnson places the Cardinals in a great position for the backfield. Should David Johnson go down to injury or any other reason, Arizona has plenty of running backs to rely on for the rest of the way. David Johnson will be the starter entering the season, but an injury of any kind could easily change that. If Ellington, Chris Johnson, and rookie T.J. Logan can all remain healthy, then the Cardinals will have no trouble racking up yards in the backfield.
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The three-headed monster of David Johnson, Chris Johnson, and Andre Ellington is one of the best backfield trios in the NFL. The key to Arizona’s success in 2017 may not be from the quarterback position. It just might come from the running backs and how they produce and what role they play in establishing an elite offensive component for the Cardinals this season.
Over the last few seasons, David Johnson has proven his worth as one of the top running backs in the league. For him to continue that success in 2017 given the amount of talent the Cardinals have at the position would be outstanding to see happen. But never count out Chris Johnson playing a pivotal role in the backfield as well. As far as Andre Ellington is concerned, he will also see a vital role in the offense yet again this season.
Arizona could also use rookie T.J Logan in a good role if they do desire. Take into account that any of the Cardinals backs could get injured at any point during the season. That would set up Logan for a nice amount of carries during his rookie season.
All in all, the Cardinals are stacked at running back behind David Johnson. Ultimately, David will be the starter, but Ellington, Chris Johnson, and even T.J. Logan could all see a pivotal role in the offense this upcoming season.