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Second Weekly Honor for David Johnson

Running back takes NFC Offensive player award after big game against Washington


Cardinals running back David Johnson, here scoring a touchdown against Washington, was named NFC Offensive player of the week.

David Johnson runs. David Johnson catches. And he does both well.

"I love running the ball," the Cardinals running back said. "That's why I got drafted, to run the ball first. Anytime I have the ball in my hand, I love doing that, so coming out as a receiver is great, just being utilized in different ways."

The Cards are certainly using him both ways, and he did both so well Sunday in a win over Washington that he was named NFC Offensive player of the week Wednesday morning. It's Johnson's second player of the week award this

season. He won it after the Cardinals won in San Francisco in October following a 157-yard rushing game.

Against Washington, Johnson scored two touchdowns – one rushing, one receiving – to go with 84 yards rushing on 18 carries, and 91 more yards on nine receptions.

Of course, it was just another example of the great season Johnson is having.

"Our wins and losses have affected some of the hype that he has not gotten and other guys have gotten because they are on winning teams," quarterback Carson Palmer said. "He is the best player in the NFL."

Johnson surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark Sunday, now with 1,005 on the season. His 15 total touchdowns are tied for second in franchise history; He needs two to tie the 17 John David Crow scored in 1962.

He has 64 receptions for another 704 yards, and he is aiming to become only the third player in NFL history – done only by Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk – to have 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in one season.

The Cardinals also had cornerback Marcus Cooper win a Defensive player of the week award in Week 2.

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