Cardinals RB David Johnson Says He Can Handle 30 Carries a Game

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians last week broached the idea of getting running back David Johnson the ball 30 times per game in 2017.

The number is lofty and could be hard to hit. Furthermore, there are cautionary tales about running backs that declined after getting a heavy workload early in their careers.

Johnson, though, has no qualms about high usage. Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals team website reports.

“I’m still young,” Johnson said. “I’m still on my first contract. So I feel I can definitely handle 30 touches. I did it last year, basically, with running the ball and catching it out of the backfield.”

Johnson said he didn’t feel worn down near the end of games last season, even as he became the clear focal point of the offense. He led the NFL in touches, averaging more than 23 per game.

“I never really got fatigued,” Johnson said. “Those tough defense games against Seattle and the Rams, those games might feel a little sore, but that’s not until the adrenaline comes down. I never really feel too bad.”


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