2017 looked like it could have been the season which David Johnson became a superstar in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals as he was set to improve upon his incredible 2016 season which earned himself a trip to the Pro Bowl. However, it was cut short after just one game due to injury.
During the season opener against the Detroit Lions, Johnson injured his left wrist during a play in the third quarter and left the game. Before the injury, the running back had recorded 11 rushes for 23 yards and six receptions for 67 yards. Those were his stats for 2017, as he didn't play another game in the season.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the 26-year-old is "100 percent healthy" and "stronger than he's ever been" following a lost 2017 season, and he has a huge aspiration for 2018 to join a stat club which only has two members.
Rapoport has stated that Johnson wants to join San Francisco 49ers icon Roger Craig and St. Louis Rams legend Marshall Faulk as the only players in NFL history to gain at least 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season.
The Cardinals running back came close to achieving his 1,000/1,000 goal in 2016, as in 16 games in his breakout season, he had 1,235 rushing yards and 879 yards through the air, so he was only 121 yards away from that goal.
It's hard to imagine that Johnson won't achieve this monumental goal at some point in his NFL career, and with him only being 26, time is on his side. Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks recently told the media that his running back looks outstanding and that's it's pretty exciting to see him back out on the field after his injury.
He said: "He looked outstanding today. It's good to have him back out there. Just flying around and the things that he's doing right now is pretty exciting."
With changes at head coach and at quarterback this season with both Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer retiring, the Cardinals offense will now go through Johnson, so there should be plenty of opportunities for the running back to try and achieve his 1,000/1,000 goal in 2018.