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Running Out Of The Shotgun? David Johnson's Good With That

David Johnson is anxious to get back on the field, to make a push for a 1,000-1,000 season again. (For the uninitiated, that's 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in one season, which Johnson came close to accomplishing in 2016 and a feat that has been achieved by only Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk in NFL history.) The 1,000-1,000 double remains Johnson's main personal goal.

Right now, everyone waits to see how Johnson will be deployed in Kliff Kingsbury's offense. Johnson said the coach let him know that running backs get the ball a lot in the offense. How much that will actually be carries and how much it'll be Johnson as pass catcher? Johnson can certainly excel in the latter.

As for the former, Johnson is pretty good at that too. Kingsbury hasn't been forthcoming with much about his offense but he has made it clear he will use the shotgun. Shotgun sometimes takes some getting used to from running backs -- but Johnson made clear he wasn't one of them.

"I actually love that," Johnson said. "I did that in college. That's all we did in college is the gun, a read-option-type thing. I think it really opens up more space for me and makes me able to read the defense a little bit more."

David Johnson raises his right arm on first day back 2019 for blog post