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David Johnson
RB #31
Height:
6-1
Weight:
224
Age:
25
College:
Northern Iowa
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2016):

CAR
293
YDS
1,239
AVG
4.2
TDS
16
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesRushingReceivingFumbles
GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLongTDFUMLost
TOTAL 418 1,820 4.4 58 24 116 1,336 11.5 58 8 9 4
2016 ARI 16 16 293 1,239 4.2 58T 16 80 879 11 58 4 5 3
2015 ARI 16 5 125 581 4.6 47T 8 36 457 12.7 55T 4 4 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultRushingReceivingFumbles
AttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 NE L 21-23 16 89 5.6 45 1 4 43 10.8 26 0 -- --
2 TB W 40-7 12 45 3.8 10 0 3 98 32.7 58 0 -- --
3 @BUF L 18-33 19 83 4.4 22 2 3 28 9.3 12 0 -- --
4 LA L 13-17 17 83 4.9 31 0 4 41 10.3 24 0 1 1
5 @SF W 33-21 27 157 5.8 23 2 3 28 9.3 21 0 1 0
6 NYJ W 28-3 22 111 5 58 3 3 27 9 10 0 -- --
7 SEA L 6-6 33 113 3.4 14 0 8 58 7.3 15 0 -- --
8 @CAR L 20-30 10 24 2.4 9 0 7 84 12 21 0 -- --
10 SF W 23-20 19 55 2.9 18 1 5 46 9.2 16 1 -- --
11 @MIN L 24-30 22 103 4.7 11 1 7 57 8.1 15 1 -- --
12 @ATL L 19-38 13 58 4.5 16 0 8 103 12.9 25 1 -- --
13 WAS W 31-23 18 84 4.7 14 1 9 91 10.1 25 1 1 0
14 @MIA L 23-26 20 80 4 19 0 5 41 8.2 14 0 1 1
15 NO L 41-48 12 53 4.4 13 2 4 55 13.8 25 0 -- --
16 @SEA W 34-31 28 95 3.4 33 3 4 41 10.3 29 0 1 1
17 @LA W 44-6 5 6 1.2 7 0 3 38 12.7 17 0 -- --

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

  • The Cardinals third-round selection (86th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Northern Iowa, Johnson played in every game as a rookie, starting the last five games of the regular season and both playoff contests.
  • Established a franchise rookie record with 13 total TDs (8 rushing, 4 receiving, 1 KOR), which led all NFL rookies in 2015. His 13 TDs tied for the fifth-best single-season total in franchise history and were the most by a Cardinal player since WR Larry Fitzgerald also had 13 in 2009.
  • Totaled 1,636 all-purpose yards (581 rushing yards on 125 carries, 457 receiving yards on 36 receptions, and 598 return yards on 22 kickoff returns), becoming just the fourth player in NFL history to post 500+ rushing yards, 400+ receiving yards, 500+ kickoff return yards and 13+ TDs in a season, joining Timmy Brown (1962), Gale Sayers (1965) and Maurice Jones-Drew (2006).
  • Took over as the starting running back in Week 13 after injuries to Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington and totaled 658 yards from scrimmage (442 rushing, 216 receiving) and five TDs in five starts to close out the regular season, earning him NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month honors for December/January.
  • In Week 15 at Philadelphia, Johnson rushed for a season-best 187 yards and three TDs, becoming the first player in franchise history to run for 180+ yards and three TDs in a game. His 187 yards were the fifth-best single-game total in franchise history and the second-most by a rookie (Ottis Anderson, 193, 9/2/79 at Dallas), and his 229 yards from scrimmage against the Eagles were the fourth-best single-game total in team history and the most by a rookie.
  • Was the first player in NFL history with a rushing TD, receiving TD and kickoff return TD in his first two career games. He had a 55-yard TD reception in Week 1 win vs. New Orleans and then recorded a 108-yard kickoff return TD and a 13-yard TD run at Chicago in Week 2.
  • His 108-yard return on the game’s opening kickoff in Chicago marked the longest TD in franchise history and tied for the second-longest play in NFL history.
  • Just the second Northern Iowa player ever selected by the Cardinals, joining T Brandon Keith, who was taken in the seventh round (225th overall) in 2008.
  • A 2014 Associated Press FCS All-American selection, Johnson was the 17th Northern Iowa player ever to be taken in the NFL Draft and just the second RB (Randy Schultz, 74th overall, Cleveland). He was UNI’s highest draft pick in 15 years (Brad Meester, 60th overall in 2000 to the Jaguars).
  • While at UNI, Johnson earned his way on the Dean’s List twice for having a GPA of 3.5 or above and was a 3.0 honoree for multiple semesters. Johnson worked full-time jobs all four summers while in school. He worked on a crew removing asbestos his first summer and he worked 5:30 AM to 2:00 PM every day over the final three summers as a maintenance man in the school dorms.  

Pro Career: The Cardinals third-round selection (86th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft, Johnson played in all 16 games (five starts) during the regular season and also started both postseason contests in his rookie campaign.

NoteCARDS:

  • The Cardinals third-round selection (86th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Northern Iowa, Johnson played in every game as a rookie, starting the last five games of the regular season and both playoff contests.
  • Established a franchise rookie record with 13 total TDs (8 rushing, 4 receiving, 1 KOR), which led all NFL rookies in 2015. His 13 TDs tied for the fifth-best single-season total in franchise history and were the most by a Cardinal player since WR Larry Fitzgerald also had 13 in 2009.
  • Totaled 1,636 all-purpose yards (581 rushing yards on 125 carries, 457 receiving yards on 36 receptions, and 598 return yards on 22 kickoff returns), becoming just the fourth player in NFL history to post 500+ rushing yards, 400+ receiving yards, 500+ kickoff return yards and 13+ TDs in a season, joining Timmy Brown (1962), Gale Sayers (1965) and Maurice Jones-Drew (2006).
  • Took over as the starting running back in Week 13 after injuries to Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington and totaled 658 yards from scrimmage (442 rushing, 216 receiving) and five TDs in five starts to close out the regular season, earning him NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month honors for December/January.
  • In Week 15 at Philadelphia, Johnson rushed for a season-best 187 yards and three TDs, becoming the first player in franchise history to run for 180+ yards and three TDs in a game. His 187 yards were the fifth-best single-game total in franchise history and the second-most by a rookie (Ottis Anderson, 193, 9/2/79 at Dallas), and his 229 yards from scrimmage against the Eagles were the fourth-best single-game total in team history and the most by a rookie.
  • Was the first player in NFL history with a rushing TD, receiving TD and kickoff return TD in his first two career games. He had a 55-yard TD reception in Week 1 win vs. New Orleans and then recorded a 108-yard kickoff return TD and a 13-yard TD run at Chicago in Week 2.
  • His 108-yard return on the game’s opening kickoff in Chicago marked the longest TD in franchise history and tied for the second-longest play in NFL history.
  • Just the second Northern Iowa player ever selected by the Cardinals, joining T Brandon Keith, who was taken in the seventh round (225th overall) in 2008.
  • A 2014 Associated Press FCS All-American selection, Johnson was the 17th Northern Iowa player ever to be taken in the NFL Draft and just the second RB (Randy Schultz, 74th overall, Cleveland). He was UNI’s highest draft pick in 15 years (Brad Meester, 60th overall in 2000 to the Jaguars).
  • While at UNI, Johnson earned his way on the Dean’s List twice for having a GPA of 3.5 or above and was a 3.0 honoree for multiple semesters. Johnson worked full-time jobs all four summers while in school. He worked on a crew removing asbestos his first summer and he worked 5:30 AM to 2:00 PM every day over the final three summers as a maintenance man in the school dorms.  

Pro Career: The Cardinals third-round selection (86th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft, Johnson played in all 16 games (five starts) during the regular season and also started both postseason contests in his rookie campaign.

2015: Played in every game, starting the last five games of the regular season and both playoff contests … led the team and set franchise rookie record with 13 total TDs (eight rushing, four receiving and one kick return); 13 TDs led all rookies in the NFL in 2015 and tied for the fifth-best season total in franchise history… helped the Cardinals finish with the #1 offense in the NFL for the first time in team history and set franchise record for points (489) and TDs (59) … finished with 581 yards on 125 carries and added 36 receptions for 457 yards … also led the team with 598 yards on 22 kick returns to give him 1,636 all-purpose yards … named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for Dec/Jan after leading the NFL with 658 yards from scrimmage; became sixth player in team history and third on offense to be named Rookie of the Month … ran for 95 yards and a TD and caught a team-high 15 passes for 111 yards in two playoff games … had 55-yard TD catch-and-run with 1:33 left in the game on his only offensive touch vs. NO (9/13); score gave the Cardinals a 31-19 lead; became first Cardinals rookie RB in the Super Bowl era with a TD catch in first career game and was the longest TD catch by a Cardinals rookie in Week 1 since Anquan Boldin had a 71-yard TD in 2003 against Detroit; also had a 43-yard kickoff return to total 98 net yards on just two touches … returned opening kickoff of the game 108 yards for a TD and also ran for 42 yards and a TD on five carries @ Chi (9/20); became first player in NFL history with a rushing TD, receiving TD and kickoff return TD in his first two career games; 108-yard kick return was the longest TD in franchise history; marked eighth game-opening kickoff return TD in team history and the first since 2010; became first Cardinals player with a KO return TD and a rushing TD in the same game since Ollie Matson did so on 12/13/58; named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, becoming the eighth rookie in team history to be named Player of the Week … scored two rushing TDs on just three carries @ Det (10/11); gave him six TDs in first five career games, tying a franchise record held by Ollie Matson (1952) and Bob Shaw (1950) … scored his seventh TD with a 16-yard catch in the third quarter vs. Cin (11/22); added 82 yards on three kickoff returns ... had eight carries for 21 yards and a one-yard TD in the third quarter @ SF (11/29); also caught two passes for eight yards and had one special teams tackle … made first career start and ran for 99 yards on 22 carries while adding two catches for 21 yards and a TD @ StL (12/6); 10-yard TD catch in the third quarter was his ninth TD of the season; joined Gale Sayers as the only rookies in NFL history with 4+ rush TDs, 4+ receiving TDs and a kick return TD in a season … rushed for 92 yards on 19 carries while posting a season-high five receptions for 31 yards vs. Min (12/10) … ran for 187 yards and three TDs on 29 carries while catching four passes for 42 yards @ Phi (12/20); had a career-long 47-yard scoring run in the second quarter; set franchise rookie record for total TDs in a season; became first player in team history to rush for 180+ yards and three TDs in a game; 187 rushing yards ranks as the fifth-best single-game total in franchise history and his 229 yards from scrimmage are the fourth-most in team history and the most by a rookie; joined Jim Brown as the only players in NFL history to rush for 185+ yards and three TDs against the Eagles; his 187 yards were the most by a rookie against Philly since Tony Dorsett (206) in 1977; was the first Cardinal with three rushing TDs in a game since Beanie Wells had three on 12/16/12 vs. Detroit; named FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week … caught three passes for 88 yards and rushed nine times for 39 yards, including a 14-yard TD in the third quarter vs. GB (12/27); marked his 13th overall TD of the season, tied for the fifth-best single-season total in franchise history … had six catches for 43 yards and ran for 35 yards on 15 carries in Divisional Playoff vs. GB (1/16/16) … rushed for 60 yards and a TD on 15 carries while adding a team-high nine receptions for 68 yards in NFC Championship Game @ Car (1/24/16).

College: Appeared in 49 games (36 starts) during his record-breaking career, rushing for 4,687 yards and 49 TDs on 866 attempts while adding 141 receptions for 1,734 yards and 14 TDs … led the team in rushing each of his final three seasons as he posted three consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns. …  saw action in all 14 games as a senior in 2014, leading UNI to its 17th FCS playoff appearance … broke 15 school records during the season while earning his second straight All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first-team selection … named to the AP and Sports Network FCS All-American teams … named the College Football Performance Awards All-Purpose Performer of the Year … totaled 1,553 rushing yards and 536 receiving yards with 438 yards and a TD on 12 kickoff returns … his 36.5 yards per return average established a school single-season record … finished the season ranked third nationally and first in the conference in all-purpose yards … opened the season with a career-high 203 receiving yards against Iowa and finished with 129 rushing yards for two TDs and a 98-yard kickoff return for a score in UNI’s win over then undefeated Illinois State … rushed for 100+ yards in eight games on the season, including a career-high 205 yards on 31 carries with three TDs against Missouri State … tied the school record for TDs in a game with four in UNI’s first round playoff win over Stephen F. Austin … had six games with 200 or more all-purpose yards … earned All-MVFC Scholar-Athlete honors … started 10 of the 11 games he appeared in as a junior and led the team in rushing with 1,286 yards on 222 carries … earned first team All-MVFC honors … finished third on the team in receiving yards with 393 and led the team in all-purpose yards with 1,679 … ended the season ranked 11th in all-purpose yards in the FCS and 10th in rushing yards per game (116.9) … tied the UNI record for TDs in a game with his four-TD performance against Iowa State … rushed for a career-high 199 yards against Iowa State, earning MVFC Offensive Player of the Week and National Running Back of the Week honors … rushed for 100+ yards seven times during the season … saw action in all 11 games with seven starts as a sophomore … named to the All-MVFC second team … led the team in scoring with 108 points on 18 TDs … finished the season with five multi-TD games and 1,021 rushing yards and 13 rushing TDs … led the conference in scoring and was tied for fifth in the FCS in scoring with 9.82 points per game … notched a season-high 149 rushing yards at Western Illinois … recorded a season-best 107 receiving yards against Wisconsin … finished with a season high 162 all-purpose yards against Illinois State, which included 118 rushing yards and 44 receiving yards … saw action in 13 games with five starts in 2011... finished fourth in voting for the Jerry Rice Award (awarded to the nation’s top FCS freshman) and was the runner-up for MVFC Freshman of the Year ... named to the MVFC All-Newcomer Team ... earned MVFC Newcomer of the Week in his first career game at Iowa State when he had 10 carries for 36 yards with a TD and caught two passes for 83 yards and a TD … carried 179 times for 822 yards (4.6 avg.) and nine TDs on the season ... caught 33 passes for 422 yards (12.8 avg.) and three TDs ... registered his first-career 100-yard rushing game vs. Western Illinois in a victory with 21 carries for 132 yards ... tallied his first 100-yard receiving game with a career and season-high 10 catches for 114 yards and a TD at North Dakota State ... tallied 1,244 all-purpose yards on the year … redshirted in 2010.

Personal: Attended Clinton (IA) High School where he earned first-team Class 4A All-State honors from the Des Moines Register and Iowa Newspaper Association as a senior in 2009 after he led Clinton to an 11-1 record ... accounted for a school record 42 TDs as a senior ... Clinton HS all-time leader in career receptions, career receiving yards, career and single-season total offense and single game record for TDs (6) ... 2010 Shrine Bowl All-Star game invitee ... two-time Drake and state qualifier in track ... second-place finish in 4x200 and 4x400 relays at the Drake Relays ... second-team all-conference in basketball as a junior ... maintained over a 3.0 GPA throughout high school … is one of six kids, and is a triplet with sisters Darnecia and Danielle … married his wife, Meghan, in April of 2015 and the couple are expecting their first child in January … Physical Education major.

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