Lost fumbles dim latest 100-yard effort for Cardinals' Johnson
Need another reminder why Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson was the bargain-basement signing of the offseason?
Johnson went over 100 yards for the fourth time in six games in Arizona's 34-20 win at Cleveland on Sunday and his 109 yards boosted his total to 676 at the midpoint of the season. That surpassed his total (663) from the entire 2014 season with the New York Jets.
Neither accomplishment was foremost in Johnson's mind following Sunday's game. He was more concerned with a pair of lost fumbles - one that led to a Cleveland touchdown and another that gave the Browns possession inside Arizona's 30-yard line.
"It happens. I'm down about it," Johnson told reporters. "I don't usually fumble but it's something I've got to continue to work on and just get better at it."
Johnson somewhat atoned for the miscue by logging a season-high 30 carries to become the first Arizona running back with consecutive 100-yard games since Edgerrin James in 2006. He also is the first Cardinals back with four 100-yard games since current running backs coach Stump Mitchell did it in 1985, when the franchise was still located in St. Louis.
Signed to a one-year deal for $870,000 after recovering from an offseason gunshot wound in the shoulder, Johnson liked the way Arizona clawed back from a 13-point deficit on the road to improve to 6-2 entering the bye week.
"Any time you’re trying to be on a championship team, every game is not going to be a blowout,” Johnson said. “There are going to be times when you have to scratch and fight to get those wins. There are times when you are going to go into halftime losing and come back and have those types of wins.”
.@AZCardinals RB Chris Johnson already has more rushing yds thru 8 gms (676) than he had in all of 2014— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) November 1, 2015
Chris Johnson is 1st Cardinals player w 4 100-yd rushing games in a season since Stump Mitchell (4 in ’85) #AZvsCLE— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) November 1, 2015