David Johnson is back and Shaquem Griffin Color Rush Jersey , he says, better than ever.
The Arizona Cardinals running back, an All-Pro in 2016, missed last season after dislocating his left wrist in the season opener. The wrist is healed and he is a full participant in the team’s weight and conditioning program that began this week.
”I’m very motivated,” he said Thursday. ”It’s not really about (showing) the people out there, it’s really about myself and coming back for the team, for my teammates, for the coaches. Everything being so new, it’s really about coming back and bouncing back and being able to play the sport.”
By new, Johnson means the coaching staff. Bruce Arians http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-preston-brown-jersey , who utilized Johnson almost as much as a receiver as a ball carrier, has retired. New coach Steve Wilks brought in Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator. McCoy has talked about designing an offense around the ability of the players.
And that would mean a lot of David Johnson.
Drafted in the third round out of Northern Iowa in 2015, Johnson’s multiple abilities as a runner and a receiver were on full display his second season under Arians’ wide-open system.
Johnson led the league in yards from scrimmage and touchdowns in 2016, setting an NFL record by topping 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first 15 games. He probably would have made it 16 had he not injured a knee in the season finale against the Los Angeles Rams.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound back rushed for 1,239 yards that season and caught 80 passes for 879 yards. The performance earned him All-Pro honors at the flex position.
Because it was his wrist that was hurt in the opener at Detroit, Johnson could still run and do other workouts designed for him by strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris, who was retained by the new staff. Johnson said he probably is in the best shape of his life.
”We seen David all of last year, seeing him work out, running the field. We thought he could play every Sunday Jason Sanders Color Rush Jersey ,” teammate Patrick Peterson said. ”He’s always looking good. That guy’s a freak of nature. I know he can’t wait to get back on the field.”
Getting Johnson in the weight room is no problem. Getting him not to overdo it is a challenge.
”He’s a freak,” Morris said. ”I will never, ever take credit for anything David Johnson (does). I have to protect David from David to be honest with you, because he always wants to load the bar with more and more and more weight.”
Johnson said he does that sometimes just to see Morris’ reaction.
”I’ve always been a hard lifter in the weight room, ever since high school,” Johnson said. ”Buddy yesterday was telling me not to put so much on the squat rack, but sometimes I’m hard at listening to what he is saying. I know he has my best interest, but sometimes I feel like I need to put more weight on, and I like to get under his skin a little bit because it rattles him and he starts using these huge words that no one understands.”
Being hurt, Johnson said Kyle Freeland Colorado Rockies Jersey , was ”a blessing in disguise” because he’s been able to spend so much time with his young son. There was no father in the picture when Johnson was growing up.
”That I didn’t have a father figure in my life, it really pushed me to do everything I can for him,” he said, ”be at every milestone, be there for anything that’s going on in his life. I’ve seen the little things, like his teeth growing, him walking, crawling, his laughing, just being there for every little thing that happens in his life. `’
Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown said Friday he ”gave in” when police used a stun gun as they detained him for a parking violation because he didn’t want officers to ”pull out their guns.”
”I was just being smart. I just wanted to get out of the situation and get home Kolton Miller Color Rush Jersey ,” Brown told the Journal Sentinel . He said he still gets upset when he watches the video of his interaction with officers in the parking lot of a Walgreens on Jan. 26.
An officer had approached Brown because he was double-parked in a handicap spot and the interaction quickly escalated. The officer called for backup as the conversation with Brown became tense and a half-dozen squad cars responded.
Brown said he thought he and the first responding officer were simply ”going to have a dialogue back and forth between two men” and didn’t expect the situation to escalate.
”I don’t see what I could have done different,” said Brown, whose father was a police officer in Maywood, Illinois, where the Bucks guard grew up. He said that before moving to Milwaukee his interactions with police had been for minor things, like traffic tickets.
”I’ve encountered polite, rude, everything. But things didn’t escalate in those situations,” he said.
At one point after backup arrived, Brown was surrounded by four officers. One of them asked him to take his hands out of his pockets and a scuffle immediately ensued. Within seconds Connor Williams Color Rush Jersey , one officer yelled ”Taser! Taser! Taser!” and Brown was on the ground groaning in pain.
The video was publicly released Wednesday.
Three officers involved in the arrest were disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days. Eight others will undergo remedial training in professional communications.
Police Chief Alfonso Morales personally apologized to Brown last month when he went to the Bucks’ practice facility to show him the video.
”I get mad every time I watch it,” Brown said. ”I was defenseless.”
Brown’s attorney did not grant an interview request from The Associated Press with his client.
Despite what happened, Brown said he doesn’t regret joining the Milwaukee Bucks.
”These incidents happen in every state, every county, every jurisdiction,” he said. ”I’ve gotten a lot of love and support from Milwaukee.”