The Arizona Cardinals would have been hoping to fly under the radar heading in to the 2015 NFL season.
That hasn't been the case however, with Bruce Arians' side being hit with several injuries, holding back the team as they look to improve and make the playoffs again out of the NFC West.
Arians was particularly unhappy with his running back corps, which led to the head coach bringing in former New York Jets and Tennessee Titans back Chris Johnson. It seems that Johnson has done a good job.
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Johnson is set to make his debut for the Cardinals on Thursday night, and according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Johnson will be the team’s starting running back in the preseason finale.
Johnson signed with the Cardinals before the second preseason game, but has been forced to sit out time with a hamstring injury.
Can He Star?
The Cardinals know that Johnson, who’s three weeks from turning 30, isn’t the same player who had six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in Tennessee to start his career but they hope he can still provide some big-play pop and catch up to a new offense.
Johnson’s contract option wasn’t picked up by the Jets after he rushed 155 times for 663 yards last year. He was shot in the shoulder last March in an incident during which his friend was killed in Florida but kept on training with bullet still in his shoulder.