Johnson carried the ball 14 times for 42 yards in Week 7 against the Packers. He added four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. Johnson wasn't able to get much going on the ground, averaging just 3.0 yards per rush. He did show some explosiveness on a 13-yard carry late in the third quarter but did most of his damage as a receiver. Notably, Johnson hauled in passes of 16 and 15 yards while also finding the end zone on a three-yard catch. Though he has yet to reach 100 yards on the ground this season, Johnson has gotten a consistent workload and has recorded four touchdowns in seven contests to this point. He and the Texans draw a Week 8 bye.
Johnson rushed 19 times for 57 yards and a touchdown while catching one of two targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 42-36 overtime loss to Tennessee. Johnson's one-yard rushing score with 6:15 left in the third quarter was the first of four second-half touchdowns scored by the Texans, but Houston still came up short in the high-scoring affair. The veteran running back has carved out a high floor as the primary option in Houston's backfield, topping 90 scrimmage yards or finding the end zone in all but one of the team's first six games. Houston's brutally difficult early season schedule continues with the Packers coming to town in Week 7.
Johnson carried the ball 17 times for 96 yards in Week 5 against Jacksonville. He added two receptions for seven yards. Johnson had his most productive day on the ground from a yardage perspective, falling just short of the century mark. That production was a bit deceptive as Johnson managed a 29-yard gain -- his longest of the day -- on the second-to-last play of the contest. Still, he dominated usage out of the backfield, accounting for 17 of the team's 22 total rushing attempts. Johnson remains a viable producer based on his volume alone, logging 400 total yards through five contests. He'll draw a more difficult test in Week 6 when the Texans take on the Titans.
Johnson registered 63 rushing yards on 16 carries, also corralling two of three targets for 29 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-23 loss to Minnesota. Following a promising Texans debut in which he racked up 109 scrimmage yards, including a 19-yard touchdown run, Johnson has been largely contained by opposing defenses the past three weeks. In his most recent outings against the Ravens, Steelers and Vikings, the 2016 All-Pro has averaged a meager 3.0 yards per rushing attempt with one total touchdown and two catches per game. The slate does get significantly easier for Johnson in Week 5, as he faces a Jaguars defense that just surrendered 151 rushing yards and three total TDs to Cincinnati back Joe Mixon.
The Texans' offensive line has not given Johnson much room to run through the first three weeks, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "There's nothing that David can do differently," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "Look, can we run block better? Yes, but we're all in it together. Coaching-wise we've got to do a better job." The offensive line is allowing too much penetration, which hasn't presented many holes for Johnson. Linemen Max Scharping, Senio Kelemete, Zach Fulton and Nick Martin have registered sub-par run-blocking grades, per Pro Football Focus. Johnson hasn't helped himself after contact, averaging just 1.8 yards after initial contact, 31st among the 32 backs with at least 30 carries. He remains the team's No. 1 running back, but the Texans have Duke Johnson returning this week after he missed the previous two games with a sprained left ankle.
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