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Pasch Factor: David Johnson Excellence

Running back has cemented spot as Cardinals' best player


Given the Cardinals record through 11 games, there aren't many reasons to remain optimistic about the Cardinals in 2016. However, one particular player is worth the price of admission, and is becoming must see TV...or must listen to radio when Ron Wolfley is talking about him. That player is running back David Johnson.

If you're not sure whether Johnson is one of the most gifted athletes in the NFL, look no further than his touchdown catch against the Atlanta

Falcons last week. Johnson, while running a difficult route, reaches down to catch a low ball, then after making the reception puts his hand down twice to maintain balance and score a touchdown. He made the play look easy, but it wasn't. Especially for someone his size. While the Cardinals are having a poor season, Johnson is their shining light. He should make the Pro Bowl, and just might be the best all-around running back in the league. When Adrian Peterson gets the football (when healthy), you hold your breath, waiting to see that next incredible cut, stiff arm, or home-run touchdown. Johnson has become equally captivating. He is the Cardinals' best player, and will only get better as he improves in other areas.

The statistics back up the star label that Johnson has been given. The numbers the second year player from Northern Iowa is putting up are truly historic:

-- He is just the 10th player in NFL history to score 13 or more touchdowns in each of his first two seasons, and the first since 2003. Other names on this list include all-time greats Eric Dickerson and Barry Sanders. 

-- Johnson has totaled 100 yards-plus from scrimmage in every game this season. The NFL record is 15 games in a single season, currently held by Marcus Allen, Edgerrin James, and Sanders.

-- Johnson also currently leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage and total touchdowns.

He might be the biggest reason to watch the Cardinals the next month, and will hopefully be one of the faces of the franchise -- and the NFL -- for years to come.

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