One position we’ve rarely touched on this offseason for the Arizona Cardinals is at running back. In 2018, David Johnson was not utilized the way many wanted to see him. At times his backup Chase Edmonds was in the game at crucial times.
All kinds of excuses were made by coaches as to why we sat Edmonds when we all thought Johnson should have been the guy. This doesn’t mean we didn’t like what we saw from Edmonds however.
Now that Kliff Kingsbury is the head coach, it will be interesting if the Cardinals go back to using Johnson more as a receiver. Having a running back that can rush for over 1,000-yards and rake in 75-80 receptions is someone you need on your team.
Behind Johnson and Edmonds right now is T.J. Logan and D.J. Foster. Logan is a huge special teams player and is likely going to see the bulk of his action continue there.
Foster is coming off a season-ending injury last preseason against the Dallas Cowboys. He will be a player to closely watch once camp comes rolling around in late July.
Right now it should be a position the Cardinals put at the very bottom of the list to make any additions at. Now, the progress of Foster may have something to do with that but the team does not need to add anyone there right now.
Johnson had 940-yards rushing and seven touchdowns last season. Edmonds had 208-yards rushing and two touchdowns. That production looks to trend up in the new offense they will be running but they still need to go out and prove they can produce in Kingsbury’s offense.
The fifth running back on the roster, Brandon Wilds, played in three games for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018, carrying the ball six times for 15-yards. It remains to be seen if he has a future role in this offense.