David Johnson stronger than ever, wants 1,000/1,000

Since arriving in Arizona as Bruce Arians’ replacement, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks has preached the gospel of the ground attack.

Wilks plans to lean heavily on All Pro tailback David Johnson, who will join a crowded field in this year’s Comeback Player of the Year derby.

Although a wrist injury limited Johnson to just one game last season, he is now 100 percent healthy and stronger than he’s ever been, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted on Wednesday’s edition of NFL Up to the Minute.

Transitioning from Arians’ offense to new coordinator Mike McCoy’s scheme, Johnson will also have to get used to running behind a fullback for the first time in his pro career.

If the blocking lives up to expectations, Johnson will have a realistic chance to clear 2,000 yards from scrimmage for the second time in his career. If Wilks’ custom-built ground attack stumbles, though, Johnson can kiss his dreams of a top NFL offense goodbye.

“I look forward to turning the stewardship of the Panthers over to David Tepper,” current Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement. “I have enjoyed getting to know him in this process and am confident that he will provide the organization with great leadership in both its football and community initiatives. I wish David and his family the very best as they enter this exciting new phase of their lives.”

ESPN reported Tuesday the sale will happen for $2.2 billion. According to the release, the sale the transaction is expected to close in July 2018.

Steelers’ minority owner David Tepper is expected to sign the deal today to buy the Panthers and keep them in Carolina, league sources tell @SethWickersham and me. The deal then would be expected to be approved at the owners meetings in Atlanta on May 22.

“I am thrilled to have been selected to be the next owner of the Carolina Panthers,” Tepper said. “I have learned a great deal about the community and the team over the past several months and look forward to becoming part of the Carolinas.”

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