Johnson gained 34 yards on 11 carries and caught two of four targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 33-16 loss to the Ravens in Week 2. Johnson may have caught the Chiefs by surprise in Week 1, but the Ravens were watching and shut him down. He was held to 50 yards from scrimmage after crossing the century mark (109 yards) last week. With Duke Johnson (ankle) inactive, David Johnson gobbled up all the running back targets and finished tied for fourth in total targets with tight end Darren Fells. David Johnson looks to rebound Week 3 on the road against a Pittsburgh defense that is holding backs to 2.9 yards per carry through two weeks.
Johnson rushed 11 times for 77 yards and a touchdown and brought in three of four targets for 32 yards in the Texans' 34-20 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday. On a night when the Texans disappointingly looked non-competitive for stretches against a team they'd played well against last season, Johnson, an offseason acquisition looking to reset his career in Houston, was a bright spot. The oft-maligned running back often seemed like the 2016 version of himself while making nifty jump-cuts and displaying strong vision and acceleration. Johnson's renowned pass-catching skills were also on display, and he actually checked in a distant second in receptions on the team to Will Fuller while splitting out wide at times. Game script ultimately helped cap Johnson's overall touch count, but fantasy managers have to be encouraged by what appeared to be clear signs of a significant weekly role for Johnson. He'll look to put together a second straight strong performance in a difficult Week 2 home matchup against the Ravens on Sunday, Sept. 20.
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said the team has "high expectations" for Johnson, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. The Texans acquired Johnson from the Cardinals when they traded franchise wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, so expectations should be high. Pressure, too. Johnson said he puts pressure on himself and has done so since 2016. "I like the pressure," Johnson said. "It makes me want to be better. It makes me want to compete more and do everything I can to prove the doubters [wrong] or want to make [Bill] O'Brien look good and want to make this organization look good." The 28-year-old back with a big salary ($11.2 million cap hit) has dealt with injuries the last few seasons, but Johnson showed up in "fantastic shape," per O'Brien. He'll top the depth chart with Duke Johnson behind him. O'Brien said there are new packages installed where both Johnsons are on the field, but David Johnson will receive the greater amount of snaps.
Johnson passed his physical Wednesday, making his trade to the Texans official, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Johnson dealt with an ankle injury last season and effectively had his 2017 campaign derailed by a dislocated wrist, but he wasn't expected to have any medical red flags heading into the physical. With his health now intact, he'll now be looking to rebound in Houston after a disappointing finish to his tenure in Arizona. The 28-year-old's production has been lackluster since he turned in monster fantasy numbers in 2016, but a change in scenery and a clear spot atop Houston's depth chart could help Johnson -- who logged just 94 carries while catching 36 passes in 13 games in 2019 - engineer a bounce-back effort in 2020. He'll work in tandem out of the backfield with pass-catching ace Duke Johnson.
The Cardinals traded Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round selection for DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. In what may become the blockbuster move of the 2020 offseason, the Texans opt to settle their backfield situation but in exchange give up one of the league's most reliable wide receivers. Johnson will join forces with Duke Johnson at running back with Houston moving on from unrestricted free agents Lamar Miller (knee) and Carlos Hyde.
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