Oct 26, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) runs the ball in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Ravens 26-18. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
CJ2K Is Not Done Just Yet
One of Arizona’s biggest struggles last year was the run game. Palmer is a solid QB but he was hurt for a prolonged amount of time during the 2014 season. Even when he was healthy Palmer was not a QB the could win games all by himself.
That’s where both RBs Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson come in. Ellington was acquired in the later rounds of the 2013 draft. In a short period of time he flourished to be one of their premier backs.
In addition to bringing in Ellington, the Cardinals this past offseason picked up Johnson from free agency.
So far the two have shouldered the load quite well but Johnson has been the focus at the position gaining the majority of the carries. That is because Ellington was injured earlier this season.
Johnson might not be his former Tennessee Titans self, but he currently is second in the league in rushing yards with 567 yards through seven games (81.0 yards/game).
Then you have his running mate Ellington, who has significantly less yards than Johnson at 160 yards, but he has more yards per attempt at an incredible 7.6 yards per carry (as opposed to Johnson’s 5.1 yards per carry).
With Cleveland’s run defense complaining about their unnecessary complex scheme, while missing tackles left and right, this is a horrible sign going into Sunday.
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