Bill Belichick: Cards’ David Johnson good, but no Marshall Faulk

Bill Belichick: Cards’ David Johnson good, but no Marshall Faulk

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim put some high praise on running back David Johnson last month, comparing him to former NFL great Marshall Faulk.

“I think he’s very similar in some ways athletically and in terms of ball-catching skills to Marshall,” Keim said.

But New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, while admiring Johnson’s skill set, isn’t quite seeing a bust at Canton for him just yet.

“When (the Rams) went to a three-receiver set, they just split (Faulk) out as a third receiver along with the other two receivers and a tight end. So they ran an 11-personnel looking formation but he was the third receiver,” Belichick said during a Monday conference call, per NFL.com. “I don’t know that’s quite David Johnson’s skill set. I don’t know if there’s many players in the league who could do what Marshall Faulk did. He was a pretty special and unique player.”

“Johnson’s a good receiver, he catches the ball well and has good run-after-catch skills. He can make people miss. Again, he’s got the strength to break tackles. And he’s got some speed to separate. Marshall Faulk, that’s putting the bar pretty high with him.”