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 big 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 Chris Johnson, who was very happy with his debut performance last night.
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Johnson ran the ball 11 times and also caught a pass in his first preseason game with the team on Thursday, and after the game Johnson said he was glad to get the rust out of his system before the regular season begins.
“First couple drives, I still felt a little rusty,” Johnson said, according to the Arizona Republic. “Then I started getting in my groove. The more times they hand the ball off, the more I start to feel it. It was something that I needed.”
Johnson picked up 45 yards on the ground and 10 on his catch, and the Cardinals seemed to like what they saw.
“I thought Chris looked extremely sharp,” Cardinals head coach Arians said
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 drive-by during which his friend was killed in Florida but kept on training with bullet still in his shoulder.