With July here and training camp beginning in just a few weeks, azcardinals.com will take a look at the Cardinals’ individual position groups during this very quiet time in the NFL, and give our opinions about where the groups stand prior to camp. Today, running backs.
LOCKS: David Johnson, Chase Edmonds
Coach Kliff Kingsbury is excited about Johnson’s ability to both run the ball and catch it. Johnson will be used more creatively than in 2018 and is aiming for a bounceback season. It’s imperative for him to become a Pro Bowl-level weapon again for this offense to hit on all cylinders. Edmonds seems like the clear No. 2 on the depth chart and will aim to prove he is worthy of a decent chunk of playing time in his second season.
WORK TO DO: D.J. Foster, T.J. Logan, Dontae Strickland, Wes Hills, Xavier Turner
Foster was third-string a season ago but tore his ACL in the preseason. As long as he bounces back health-wise, Foster’s versatility seems like a nice fit offensively and he brings special teams value. Logan is the fastest running back on the roster but will need to prove he deserves a roster spot. Undrafted rookies Strickland, Hills and Turner have to shine in camp to make the team.
UPGRADE ODDS: Low
The Cardinals have spent a lot of money on Johnson and he is going to dominate the playing time at running back. Edmonds and Foster are worthy reserves, so there seems little reason to add anyone of significance as long as Johnson remains healthy.
Images of the running backs on the roster as training camp approaches