For the season, the rookie has tallied 517 yards and seven touchdowns on 105 carries, 335 yards and four scores on 30 receptions and 598 yards and one touchdown on 22 kick returns. His 1,450 total yards rank eighth in the NFL, and at this moment it appears the only thing holding him back has been a limited role.With a lot of proven depth at the running back position, it’s understandable why Johnson did not see the field as much earlier in the season, and it had nothing to do with a lack of belief in his ability.“When we drafted him,” Arians said Sunday of when he first knew Johnson could carry the load. “We knew what we were getting, he just missed all of training camp with that hamstring. And then we got Chris and we didn’t need him. So it was a great run for Chris, but David kept showing signs that this was what he was capable of.”Ellington could return as early as this next game against the Green Bay Packers, so what that means for Johnson’s role remains to be seen. However, it’s difficult to envision the rookie’s touches getting reduced dramatically, especially when he’s playing the way he is.Sunday night, he became the first player in Cardinals history to run for at least 180 yards and three touchdowns in a game, and joined Hall of Famer Jim Brown as the only players to run for at least 185 yards and three touchdowns against the Eagles. But what he did Sunday in Philadelphia, running for 187 yards and three touchdowns while also catching four passes for 42 yards, was a statement delivered on national TV. What he did on his 47-yard touchdown run, a play in which he broke multiple tackles and had one vicious stiff-arm on the way to the end zone, was…special. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 14 But while all that is nice, the question is how Johnson can build on this going forward. With two games left in the regular season before what is expected to be a deep postseason run, the pressure will be even greater on the rookie to perform at a high level.“I mean, that is what we are hopeful for,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “When we get Andre Ellington back, that will be a pretty nice and special duo there. Then God willing we can get to the Super Bowl and get Chris Johnson back, then that would be a three-headed horse that would be very difficult for a lot of teams to face.”“Yeah, definitely,” Johnson answered when asked if he can handle the role of lead back in the postseason. “With the help of all the guys around me, all the veterans helping me out, it’s definitely been I’m definitely getting a lot more comfortable with this team.”As he has become more comfortable the game has slowed down. Johnson said he’s gained a greater understanding of how to be patient with the football. That’s what led to his monster run, and that run, he said, could lead to even better things down the road.“Especially momentum-wise, confidence-wise,” he said. “Especially with just reading my blocks, being able to know that I’m able to, capable of breaking tackles and helping out my team — you know, stiff-arming, doing everything that I could that maybe I might have doubted a little bit, but now it definitely does help out.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share TEMPE, Ariz. — For the most part, Arizona Cardinals fans knew who David Johnson was prior to Sunday night’s game in Philadelphia.The third-round pick out of Northern Iowa had impressed through the team’s first 13 games, showing ability as a runner, receiver and kick returner. Entering the game, he was one touchdown short of tying a single-season franchise record for touchdowns by a rookie, so you know his first year as a pro has not exactly been a quiet one. Why don’t we watch that @dajohnson7 touchdown one more time. #AZvsPHI https://t.co/lTT9VCNQ77— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 21, 2015“I think I was just surprised that the whole opened up real quick, and ended up just seeing a gap that was open and breaking a couple tackles,” Johnson said Monday of the run.The rookie added it was “definitely a blur” to him during the play and he didn’t really know what happened until he saw the replay after the game.Given that he lived it, that makes sense. Quarterback Carson Palmer, who watched it, has a different take.“It’s a grown man run. Physical,” he said. “The blocking downfield was spectacular. He’s not a guy you want to tackle 15, 16, 17, 18 times coming down at you.”The 47-yard touchdown was just one of the 33 touches Johnson had on the evening, as he carried the kind of workload befitting a No. 1 running back. It was his third game in that role in place of the injured Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington, and it was the third time he has experienced a good measure of success. Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson, left, breaks free of Philadelphia Eagles’ E.J. Biggers on a touchdown run during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories
Canal+ is cutting the price of its premium channel, introducing subscriptions with no fixed commitment and abandoning the practice of controlling the subscriptions sold by ISPs – enabling the latter to market its channels as part of a bundled offering – in a concerted drive to reverse the decline in its domestic base and increase pay TV penetration.Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada told French daily Le Figaro that the pay TV broadcaster would offer its premium channel for €20 a month – as against the current €40 – for viewing online, on tablets and on smartphones without an ongoing commitment as part of its plan to extend its base and appeal to younger consumers.Saada said that Canal+ would propose a more “modular and more accessible” offering in October based on genres such as cinema, sport and kids content to appeal to individual tastes.The Canal+ chief said that the broadcaster would make its content available on all screens and would add content including music and video games to its offerings, creating an overall portfolio of services “bigger than Netflix”.Saada also told Le Figaro that Canal+ would introduce a new “ultra-sophisticated” set-top box early in 2017.Ending the practice of controlling the subscriptions sold through ISPs and forming partnerships with the service providers to enable them to sell converged offerings is also seen as a key part of the plan.Canal+ has already struck a deal with Orange that will see the pair launch a joint offering, expected to be unveiled in October, limited to Orange’s 1.7 million fibre customers. Orange is expected to market a bouquet of 30 Canalsat channels for about €10 a month, branded as ‘TV by Canal’.Saada told Le Figaro that telecom operators now accounted for about 60-70% of new subscribers and confirmed that pay TV operator is currently in talks with Free to market a similar offer, but to its wider base of six million fixed-line subscribers.According to financial daily Les Echos, Canal+ is hoping the range of measures it is introducing will help expand the pay TV universe in France, currently limited to about 25% of homes. The paper said that Canal+ is also mulling a similar deal with Bouygues Telecom.According to Les Echos, Canal+ is also planning to broadcast key Friday and Saturday football matches on the Canal+ Sport channel in place of the flagship Canal+ channel, and has also put pressure on the French football league to move the timing of evening matches to 21:00 instead of 20:45, but without success.Separately, Canal+ is expanding its live events project reserved for subscribers, initiated earlier this summer with a concert at the Paris Olympia.The extended Canaltour series of events will kick off on September 28 at the Théatre Femina de Bordeaux with an event hosted by Canal+ personalities Marie Portolano and Laurent Weil.The broadcaster will organize a further four events between the end October and January in Lille, Nantes, Marseille and Lyon. The events will feature artists and comedians alongside leading Canal+ personalities, and will be accompanied by 360° video coverage online.