David Johnson Arizona Cardinals

David Johnson teams up with Chunky Soup to help fight hunger in Arizona.

(3TV/CBS 5) - David Johnson had never had a year like 2018. He signed a new $30 million contract, giving his family stability that he never had a child. He also experienced his first losing season in the NFL.

Johnson teamed up with Chunky and St. Mary's Food Bank on Tuesday to help fight hunger. 

He also offered his thoughts on turning the page from 2018.

"I'm trying to come back to 2016," said Johnson. "I know that it was a long time ago. This is actually the first off-season I haven't been injured. I'm still striving for 1,000 and 1,000."

In 2016, Johnson came up just over 100 yards shy of 1,000 rushing and receiving yards. A knee injury in Los Angeles the final game of the season derailed his goal. In the 2017 opener in Detroit, Johnson injured his wrist and missed the next 15 games. In 2018, Johnson had just 446 yards receiving. 

"It was tough," said Johnson. "We never really got in a rhythm. I tried to do my best. I feel like I should have done a little more, and I could have done a little more."

Johnson was a popular fantasy football #1 overall pick and should see his production increase in new coach Kliff Kingsbury's "air raid" scheme.  Despite his excitement for the new chapter, he's happy an old face decided to stick around.

"I'm glad he's coming back," said Johnson about Larry Fitzgerald. "I've been in his ear. We've gotta get him this ring. We've got a new coaching staff and I think he'll be able to be the Larry everyone knows."

When it comes to who the Cardinals should draft with the number one pick, Johnson towed the company line.

"I don't know what we're going to do. Who knows what's going to happen," said Johnson.

"I like Josh Rosen. He's very smart. He was put in a tough position, man. I have full confidence in him.  I think he'll come back next season and really show up."

 


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