David Johnson has been one of the few bright spots on the Cardinals’ offense this season. Johnson was drafted by the Cardinals in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Northern Iowa and has been one of the breakout stars of the class. Through 12 games, Johnson has 1,005 rushing yards, 704 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns. He has accounted for 38% of the Cardinals offense in 2016, compared to only 8% last season. Many thought that Johnson would regress in production due to a weaker offensive line and many coaches being able to “figure him out”, but he has been exceeding expectations in 2016, rushing for more than double the amount of yards last year. He has been compared to two Hall of Fame running backs Marshall Faulk and Franco Harris, for his speed, power, and receiving ability.
Johnson has a bright future in the NFL, as he has already become the go-to player and leader for his team despite only being in the league for 2 seasons. He is on pace to rush for more yards than Jamaal Charles, who was considered a top 5 running back in the league, did in his first two seasons in the NFL. David Johnson has a legitimate shot at being a 2016 MVP candidate. David has been one of the most complete and productive players in the NFL, with the ability to possibly reach 1,500 yards rushing yards and over 1,000 receiving yards. If the Cardinals can make the playoffs, Johnson has a clear shot to win the MVP award.