"I'm always preparing myself like I'm getting 20, 25 touches a game," Johnson said Monday, via ESPN.com. "With me (my mindset ) don't change at all. Practice hard every week, study a lot, and just, even though when you're not the starter, you still have to go in there like you're going to have to play. They're still going to need you and knowing that I'm going to have a role on this team, I can't sit there and not prepare like a starter even though I'm not the starter. I got to prepare the same way."
Johnson said the consistent playing time down the stretch allowed him to find a "groove."
"It was kind of good for me to get in there in (the) fourth quarter and get some touches back-to-back and get a rhythm," Johnson said. "Anytime you are in there, even with a receiver, catching the ball, learning your offensive line, you need to get in a rhythm."
If Ellington is sidelined Sunday versus the Bears -- and perhaps longer -- Johnson will have a chance to continue that groove and convince the coaching staff to keep him in a bigger role when the shifty Ellington returns. Coach Bruce Arians admitted Monday that Johnson could get a chance to keep the starting gig depending on his performance.
"It will always be a one-two punch," Arians said. "Who will start? It doesn't matter to me who gets the carries."