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Arizona Cardinals have high praise for David Johnson

By The Sports Xchange  

Arizona Cardinals' David Johnson scores a touchdown in the second quarter of the Cardinals-San Francisco 49ers game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, November 13, 2016. Photo by Art Foxall/UPI
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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) team up to tackle Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington on December 24, 2016. Arizona Cardinals beat Seattle Seahawks 34-31. Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI
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Arizona Cardinals' David Johnson (R) scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals-New Orleans Saints game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, December 18, 2016. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 48-41.Photo by Art Foxall/UPI
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His teammates have not only said he should get plenty of votes as the NFL's Most Valuable Player, they've also said David Johnson is the best football player in the league.
After gashing the Seahawks for 136 total yards from scrimmage -- joining Hall of Famer Barry Sanders as the only two players in history to total 100 or more such yards in 15 straight games at any point in a season -- what else can the Cardinals say about their versatile star second-year running back?
"There's nothing else to be said," quarterback Carson Palmer said. "I think every adjective (used) to describe him is spot-on. There's not one that's a reach. He's spectacular."
Johnson rushed for three touchdowns during Arizona's 34-31 victory over the Seahawks on Saturday, giving him 20 total touchdowns on the year to set a franchise record and break John David Crow's mark of 17 set in 1962.
The only player in league history to amass 100 or more yards from scrimmage in each of his first 15 games to start a season, Johnson also became the first Cardinals' player to ever gain more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage in a single season.
He also now has 33 career TDs in 31 games, adding to his franchise record for a player in his first two seasons. Johnson has 14 more touchdowns than the previous record holder, Ottis Anderson with 19 from 1979-80, and still has one more game left to play this Sunday at the Rams.
Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals' future Hall of Fame wide receiver, keeps shaking his head in amazement with every milestone and record Johnson meets.
"Thirty-three touchdowns in 31 games, that is rarified air right there," Fitzgerald said. "He's on Mt. Everest. You run out of superlatives to describe him. He does something special every single game we play."
Johnson came up with the play of the game that helped the Cardinals get close to field goal range for Chandler Catanzaro to kick his game-winning, 43-yarder as time expired. On second and 10 from the Arizona 38-yard line and only 41 seconds remaining, he caught a short pass from Palmer and turned it into a clutch, 29-yard gain.
"We were looking to see if it was a linebacker or Kam Chancellor guarding me and we were going to try to get open," Johnson said. "I was going to run a 'go' route and I think Carson saw that (Chancellor) overplayed a little bit. I noticed it as well that he kind of just turned and ran and Carson threw a great ball and luckily I was able to catch it."
Said Palmer of Johnson's catch and run, "There's definitely not many running back who can make that play."
Since Johnson is only in his second season, he isn't eligible for a contract extension. That won't come until after the 2017 season at the earliest, although Fitzgerald hasn't stopped reminded General Manager Steve Keim that he better get ready to break open the vault.
"I was messing with Steve earlier (saying) we need to get his contract done right now because after ever game he's getting more and more expensive," Fitzgerald said. "He's going to be like 10-percent owner of the franchise."

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