As the start of the 2018 NFL season approaches, here’s one reason for each team to be excited.
The start of training camp heading into a new season brings renewed hope for all 32 NFL teams, however realistic it may or may not be. But with incoming draft picks, offseason acquisitions, new players moving into a starting job, players returning from injury or maybe even a new head coach, all 32 teams and their fan bases can find at least one reason to be excited.
Let’s go out on a limb and say no NFL team will go 16-0 this year, and conversely no team will go 0-16. There will be 12 teams in the playoffs, while 20 will be on vacation and fully looking toward the 2019 draft starting in January. But the parity in the league makes it tough to lock down who will be a disaster, who will be a Super Bowl contender and who will be in between.
As we prepare for the majority of the preseason slate in the NFL, here is one reason all 32 teams can be excited for the 2018 campaign.
Arizona Cardinals – David Johnson’s return
After a breakout season in 2016, with over 2,100 total yards, 20 total touchdowns and 80 receptions, a Week 1 wrist injury sidelined Johnson for the season. He reported to training camp on time, amid talk of a new contract entering the final year of his rookie. But most importantly, he’s healthy and ready to go.
The Cardinals have Sam Bradford and rookie Josh Rosen under center this year, with Rosen in line to play plenty given Bradford’s injury history. A good running game will be a rookie quarterback’s best friend, so say nothing of Johnson’s pass-catching prowess as essentially No. 2 in the pecking order for targets behind Larry Fitzgerald.
Arizona may not win a ton of games this season, but a healthy and productive Johnson is a promising proposition that can’t be ignored.