If Johnson remains limited or even sidelined, Edmonds will continue to play a big role. The second-year man is fourth in the NFL with 5.6 yards per carry, and that included Edmonds’ last seven carries for a net of minus-9 yards as the Giants teed off against the run in the rainstorm.
Kingsbury said the Giants knew how hard it was going to be to pass the ball – the Cardinals attempted just four second-half passes, completing two – and that was easy to see as the Cards made life miserable for Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who was passing almost every down late.
Edmonds now has 287 yards rushing this season, behind Johnson’s 300 on the team. The duo has combined for 1,002 rushing and receiving yards thus far, and the Cardinals have turned into a team that has effectively run the ball as Kingsbury’s offense finds its NFL footing.
“I always want more,” Edmonds said. “My cup’s never full. That’s what Larry (Fitzgerald) always taught us. I always want more and will go back to the drawing board to find ways to get better.”
Kingsbury had said after the previous game against the Falcons that he hadn’t know Edmonds had gotten only one second-half touch and that Edmonds needed the ball more often. That happened in New York, albeit out of necessity.
“He did a great job,” Kingsbury said. “He continues to earn more and more reps, the way he practices, and when he gets opportunities in a game, he’s making big plays. He does everything right. You like to see guys like that have success.”
The Cardinals may need to continue to lean on Edmonds, depending on Johnson’s status, although Kingsbury said an absent Johnson impacts the game plan.
“We’ll have to adjust some things knowing the running back depth,” Kingsbury said. “Maybe not as much two-back. You want to make sure whoever that back is, he’s healthy, so we’ll have to be smart with personnel groups and how we’re rotating guys.”
Wide receiver Christian Kirk (ankle) is also day-to-day is his comeback, and Kingsbury said the Cardinals will monitor him, but the coach also added ankle injuries can linger. Kirk has now missed three games. …
Edmonds acknowledged he was, as the punt protector, at fault on the Giants’ blocked punt. As good of a game as he had, he said that play stayed with him even after he went to bed, upset he didn’t make the play.