NFL 2017: David Johnson Does It All
David Johnson Does It All

Arizona running back David Johnson led the NFL and set Cardinals franchise records with 2,118 scrimmage yards and 20 touchdowns last season. The Cardinals are hoping DJ can sustain these lofty numbers yet again this season.

Cardinals running back David Johnson led the NFL and set franchise records with 2,118 scrimmage yards and 20 touchdowns last season, earning his first career Pro Bowl berth. He became the first player to register at least 2,000 scrimmage yards and 20 touchdowns in a single season since Pro Football Hall of Fame running back La Dainian Tomlinson in 2006.

Johnson had 1,239 rushing yards and 879 receiving yards, becoming only the fourth different player in NFL history to have at least 1,200 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in a single season.

 

1,200+ Rushing Yards &Amp; 800+ Receiving Yards

Player (Season) Team Rush Yds Rec Yds
(Source: NFL)
Marshall Faulk (1999)St. Louis1,3811,048
Steven Jackson (2006)St. Louis1,528806
Marshall Faulk (1998)Indianapolis1,319908
Le'Veon Bell (2014) Pittsburgh1,361854
Marshall Faulk (2000)St. Louis1,359830
David Johnson (2016)Arizona1,239879

 

In 2016, Johnson joined Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders (1997) as the only players to have at least 100 scrimmage yards in 15 consecutive games in a single season.

In his first two seasons, Johnson has scored 33 touchdowns (24 rushing, eight receiving, one kickoff return). Only three players -- EDGERRIN JAMES (35) and Pro Football Hall of Famers ERIC DICKERSON (34) and GALE SAYERS (34) -- have scored more touchdowns in their first two NFL seasons.

 

Most Total Touchdowns, 1st 2 Seasons

Player (Season) Team Total TDs
(Source: NFL)
Edgerrin James (1999-2000)Indianapolis35
Eric Dickerson (1983-84)Los Angeles Rams34
Gale Sayers (1965-66)Chicago34
David Johnson (2015-16)Arizona33
Earl Campbell (1978-79)Houston32
Curtis Martin (1995-96)New England32

 

Johnson and Sayers are the only players in NFL history to register at least 20 rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown in a player's first two seasons. Johnson has scored multiple touchdowns in 11 career games, tying Dickerson and James for the most in a player's first two seasons.

"I think he's the best player in the NFL, point-blank." -- Cardinals QB Carson Palmer

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