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Cardinals RB David Johnson named offensive rookie of the month

David Johnson gained 658 yards from scrimmage during the last month of the season. Elsa/Getty Images

TEMPE, Ariz. – David Johnson was given an opportunity to be the Arizona Cardinals' featured running back after Chris Johnson went down on Nov. 29. Johnson ran with it.

And ran with it. And ran with it.

Johnson was naked NFL offensive rookie of the month Thursday after leading all players with 658 yards from scrimmage during the last month. He was also the only player in the league with more than 400 rushing yards (442) and more than 200 (216) receiving yards in the past month.

Among rookies, Johnson’s 658 yards from scrimmage were the most, topping Baltimore’s Buck Allen, whose 428 yards were second-most. Johnson’s 442 rushing yards were 130 more than the next most, 312, which belonged to St. Louis’ Todd Gurley.

Johnson’s five total touchdowns led all rookies, and his four rushing scores were tied for the NFL lead with Gurley.

Johnson’s big month was aided by 187 yards and three touchdowns against Philadelphia in Week 15. It was the first time a player in Cardinals history ran for more than 180 yards and three touchdowns in a game.

Johnson became the third offensive rookie of the month in franchise history, joining wide receiver Anquan Boldin in September and November 2003, and quarterback Jake Plummer in November 1997. Johnson also became the sixth Cardinals rookie to win the award.