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Bruce Arians says Chris Johnson can 'compete' for starting running back job

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Bruce Arians has said new signing Chris Johnson will compete for the starting running back job alongside Andre Ellington at the Arizona Cardinals.

Time To Compete

The Cardinals Head Coach has said the former New York Jets running back has an opportunity to be the starting back for the team, as he won’t decide who will be playing week one against the New Orleans Saints until after the preseason.

Arians said according to "It all depends on him. Come in, compete for a job, see where it falls."


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Despite this, many have expected Ellington to still be the starter come the season opener on September 13, but it will make for an interesting viewing around how many carries each back gets over the remaining preseason games.

The Cardinals had the second-worst running offense in the NFL last season, only achieving 1,308 yards and six touchdowns from 397 attempts, averaging 3.3 yards per carry and 81.8 yards per game.

CJ2K Comeback?

Johnson, also known as CJ2K after his incredible 2,000+ rushing yards season with the Tennessee Titans in 2009, will be hoping to turn the Cardinals running game around. However, he was far from this kind of player last season with the Jets, as he only managed to achieve 663 yards and a single touchdown from 155 carries.

Johnson has the capability to return to his former glory days, but he needs to be provided with the opportunity. He’s going to find it tough in the battle for the starting job against Ellington, but there is nothing holding him back from making the starting position his own. He just needs to take advantage of the opportunities given to him, like he did back in 2009.

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