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Opening Mike McCoy’s playbook for David Johnson Offensive coordinator

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Old 12-07-2018, 04:00 AM
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Default Opening Mike McCoy’s playbook for David Johnson Offensive coordinator

Mike McCoy is one of the new faces that will shape the Arizona Cardinals’ identity this season. While formulating his strategy he will have to cater to the team’s strengths and to its biggest weapon http://www.cardinalscheapshops.com/c...-golden-jersey , running back David Johnson.In Johnson’s stellar 2016 season he accumulated 2118 total yards with 20 touchdowns. Part of his success came through the air with 120 targets, 80 receptions and 879 yards. Revisiting Johnson’s 2016 season, there were certain routes that allowed him to excel as a receiver. Comparing these routes with those McCoy called for his running backs in Denver, we’ll see what could be in store for Johnson this season.FlatThe flat route from a running back helps the quarterback release the ball quickly if he is facing heavy pressure or doesn’t like his options downfield. The Cardinals would typically pair this check down option with a play action and allow their running back to weave through the offensive line before going for the sideline. Here, Johnson stutter steps and slows down posing as a extra blocker before continuing on his route. Thinking that Johnson isn’t a receiver on the play, his defender moves upfield allowing Johnson to gain 25 yards.TexasAnother concept that worked for Johnson and allowed him to get separation from a linebacker in man coverage was the texas route.Johnson is able to sell the flat route before breaking into the middle of the field for an easy gain. His quick feet allow him to get an extra step on his defender. GoThis route wasn’t as common as the others for Johnson but it allowed him to become a deeper threat and showed off his versatility as a receiver.On this play, a nice throw from Palmer and some athletic ability from Johnson helps him convert on this third-and-12. Mike McCoy’s Denver BroncosLooking at McCoy’s last year with the Denver Broncos could suggest how the offensive coordinator will attempt to integrate Johnson into the passing game.From the trio of Denver Broncos running backs, Devonta Booker was the primary receiving back brought in on third downs. Booker had 275 yards through the air with 30 receptions. McCoy didn’t cater plays towards Booker, instead he was used primarily as a check down option. Of Booker’s 38 total targets in 2017, 19 came in the 4th quarter (50%) when the Broncos were trailing and opposing defenses were allowing throws underneath. Most of Booker’s targets looked like this:SlantOne similarity between McCoy’s play calling for Booker, and what we could see repeated this season for Johnson is slant routes from the slot.Aside from the check down option, Booker running a slant was his second most common route. This pairs well with Johnson. Of the 54 slants running backs ran in 2016 Cheap Larry Fitzgerald Jersey , Johnson was responsible for 16% of them. PreseasonAfter two preseason games, McCoy hasn’t tipped his hand yet on how he’ll integrate Johnson in the passing game. Through the two games, there have been three designed screens called for the running back, higher than usual for McCoy. Johnson’s sole catch this preseason is a screen he managed to turn into a five yard gain, even after being swarmed behind the line of scrimmage.Near the end of the second half, running back DJ Foster ran a curl in the middle of the field on consecutive plays. This was utilized more as a check down option for Josh Rosen. Foster was able to convert on this third-and-7 but this isn’t a route we saw Johnson run a lot of in 2016. The middle of the field curl gives defenders the upper hand and minimizes the potential running backs can gain after having to turn around and survey the field. Johnson posted the largest threat on routes that allowed him to accrue yards after the catch. The flat, texas, go and slant routes give him a step in the open field, placing the ball in front of him so he can move upfield. With two preseason games left, McCoy will still likely be tweaking and figuring out how to attack opposing defenses this season. Once Johnson gets full reps we’ll have to see how McCoy opens up the playbook and fully utilizes his best offensive weapon. So far if you’ve owned any Arizona Cardinals players in fantasy outside of taking a late flier on Christian Kirk you’re probably ready to storm Mike McCoy’s door for the misusage of Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson.But let’s stick with the positives here and see if Josh Rosen can spark the Cardinals offense this week at home against the Seahawks in his first NFL start.Who are the top fantasy performers and sleepers?Let’s take a look:Start of the Week: Rashaad Penny, RB, 21 carries Corey Peters Jersey , 5 catches for 134 total yards and 2 TD’sThe Cardinals have been inconsistent against the run and while they only surrendered 42 yards on the ground to Todd Gurley they got torched through the air.Last week they gave up 122 yards on the ground to the Chicago Bears despite Mitchell Trubisky not being as much of a passing threat.While the Seahawks offense has struggled under Brian Schottenheimer they seemed to find a rhythm last week and it wouldn’t surprise me if they see a lot of checking down to Penny against AZ’s weak linebacker unit in the passing game.Cardinals Start: WR Christian Kirk, WR 6 catches, 113 yards, 1 TD, 30 yards punt returnWhile the addition of Josh Rosen should benefit Larry Fitzgerald maybe more than any other, Rosen has a connection with Kirk that dates all the way back to college and one that we even saw in the preseason with a touchdown pass.Expect Kirk to pick up another one of those today in his first 100 yard game as a pro as well.Seahawks Start: QB Russell Wilson 300 yards, 1 passing TD, 1 rushing TD, 1 INTI’m expecting a quieter game from Russ than what he’s capable of due to the poor offensive playcalling but ultimately with Doug Baldwin back, I think he’ll have a strong, strong game in Arizona if Steve Wilks works to sell out on the run to stop it, and Arizona did struggle against a mobile QB in Alex Smith Josh Bynes Jersey , particularly in the shorter passing game earlier this season.Russell also hasn’t used his legs as much but I have a feeling that changes this sunday as Chandler Jones and a healthier Markus Golden and Robert Nkemdiche get to face this Seahawks offensive line.Cardinals Sit: Jermaine Gresham, TE, 1 catch for 4 yardsGresham barely practiced in the preseason and despite a catch last week he has no rapport with Rosen whereas Ricky Seals-Jones does.I would think also that Mike McCoy will scheme up a plan to keep Rosen upright and that will include a lot of running the football (with Gresham) and either chip or extra tight end protection (also with Gresham).Seahawks Sit: Jaron Brown, WR, Seahawks 1 catch, 13 yardsCall me crazy but I don’t see a revenge game in sight.I think that the Cardinals have been susceptible on the deeper end as we saw from Brandin Cooks and with how AZ plays zone, it’ll mean they will take advantage of getting Tyler Lockett matched up against AZ’s slot or 2nd corners, meaning Jaron will draw Patrick Peterson.As a teammate of his for years, Peterson should know his former teammate well and I’d expect that the Seattle gameplan won’t go his way this week.Sleeper: Chad Williams, WRWilliams has only been targeted when it’s been Rosen and not Bradford for the most part this season.If he gets a few targets and can burn some CB’s on Seattle perhaps he escapes for a deep ball.Or maybe it’s JJ Nelson who should be here instead in that case, as he was a Seahawks killer in both ‘16 and ‘17.You can follow @blakemurphy7 or ask fantasy questions on Twitter!

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