arizona cardinals rumors indicate that running back David Johnson wants to get used even more often during the 2017 NFL season. That’s a piece of news that should really interest Fantasy Football owners, as it could make Johnson even more valuable. Just how many touches that Johnson gets for the Cardinals could come down to the coaching staff.

Speaking on a radio show for SiriusXM, David Johnson stated that he wants to get 30 touches per game for the Arizona Cardinals this season. He says that he is ready for the increase in usage and that he is ready to take the next step in his career.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that it could help improve his numbers for that next big contract.

How often does Johnson get the ball for the Cardinals?

Last season, David Johnson averaged 23.3 touches per game for the Arizona Cardinals. That works out to a combined average of 16.7 touches per game during his first two seasons. Taking a look at his career numbers, Johnson has actually only had four career games where he got to at least 30 touches. This underscores how many more yards he could get if he starts averaging 30 touches per games in 2017.

These Arizona Cardinals rumors haven’t been addressed by the coaching staff yet, as they may have a different opinion on the situation. The team may want to protect Johnson and not overuse him in this fashion, as it could hurt the team if they can get back to the NFL Playoffs.

Fans should expect Cardinals coach Bruce Arians to address that question when the media talks to him next. Carson Palmer may also be asked, especially since he continues to control the ball.

Could David Johnson post better stats in 2017 NFL season?

During the 2016 NFL season, David Johnson posted 1,239 rushing yards on 293 carries.

He also had 879 receiving yards on 80 catches, scoring four more touchdowns through the air. That worked out to a league-leading 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns for his season. This all led to First Team Associated Press honors and votes in the race for the NFL MVP Award.

It would be pretty remarkable if Johnson was able to surpass 1,000 receiving yards and get closer to 2,500 total yards from scrimmage during the 2017 NFL season.

That would go down as one of the most successful seasons for a running back in league history and definitely make him an extremely valuable player to own in fantasy football leagues. If David Johnson got his wish, he might be involved in every play for the Arizona Cardinals, but Bruce Arians will have to find the right balance.