Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has high expectations with Sam Bradford leading the offense in 2018.
Appearing on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio on Wednesday, Johnson said the Cardinals will have the best offense in the NFL if the quarterback stays healthy:
“We’re going to be great if Sam Bradford is healthy. … For me watching him personally I’ve seen him do some great things. I think the biggest thing is just being healthy. Not just with the addition of him but also the linemen we got, the receivers and everyone else that we have added to the team on the offensive side, I think we definitely will be the top offense in the league this year.”
McCourty was near-shutdown in coverage last season as a surprise late signing for the Browns. They are retooling their secondary for a new regime, so the Patriots benefit and get a solid No. 2 replacement for Butler opposite Stephon Gilmore. The bonus is having Jason play with his brother Devin.
The price might seem high for a diminutive dasher who isn’t built to handle 20-25 touches per game, but there’s a lot of the Falcons’ Tevin Coleman in Kyle Shahahan’s latest open-field backfield cog. McKinnon improved his value with some big games filling in for Cook in Minnesota last season. He should be paired with another early-down, Devonta Freeman-type back in San Francisco. Look for that option to come in a deep running back draft.
“That’s probably something I think about a lot, and have for a long time,” Patricia said at last month’s league meetings. “I think it’s just kind of going to be who I am and what I think the team should be. I think it’s important for them to understand who I am as a person, and how I feel about this game, and how passionate I am about this game — how much I believe in the relationship part of this game. And this is family. So that hopefully all that will be conveyed through my conversation with them the first time I get a chance to talk to them.
“But also, I want them to understand what I’m looking for from a team when we turn on the film, making sure that we’re playing smart football, tough football, fundamentally sound football,” Patricia said. “Those are all very important things to me that you build on and you start from.”
One player who will not be in the building today is defensive end Ziggy Ansah. He’s remaining in his home country Ghana for a family obligation, according to a team source. He and his representation have been in regular communication with the organization’s leadership, including Patricia, making sure the team is familiar with his plans. Those talks, and the relationship between player and team, were characterized as positive by the source. The expectation is Ansah will be back with the Lions in the near future.