Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is really good. So good, he surpassed a guy nicknamed O.J.
Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson comes to mind first with those initials, but in Cardinals history, Otis Anderson, who was also nicknamed O.J., holds most of the franchise’s rushing records.
Johnson tied one of them in the first quarter of Monday night’s contest against the New York Jets when he scampered for a 58-yard touchdown on Arizona’s second drive of the game. It was the longest run of his two-year career, and it tied him with Anderson for most touchdowns by a member of the Cardinals in the first two years of a career. He set the record with two-yard run in the second quarter.
Johnson now has seven rushing touchdowns in 2016. He entered Monday’s game with 457 rushing yards and 695 yards from scrimmage. Johnson was also averaging 5.0 yards per carry.
He accumulated 1,038 yards and scored 12 touchdowns in just five starts last year. Eight of those scores in his rookie season were on the ground and the other four came in the passing game.
Johnson is quickly becoming one of the best overall backs in the NFL. Interestingly, five backs were picked before him in the 2015 NFL draft. With that in mind, it’s safe to say Arizona found an absolute steal in Johnson, who they drafted 86th overall in the third round.
Ironically, he wasn’t even the first running back with the last name Johnson taken in 2015. The Cleveland Browns selected Duke Johnson 11 picks before the Cardinals took David Johnson.