David Johnson

#31 RB / Houston Texans / EXP: 6YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 224 lb Age: 28 College: Northern Iowa Bye 8

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    Texans' David Johnson: Finds end zone in loss

    David Johnson rushed 13 times for 23 yards and a touchdown and caught two of three targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Steelers.Following a strong Week 1, Johnson's ground game has appeared to get progressively worse en route to 1.8 yards per carry in Week 3. However, it's not as disappointing as a glance at the stat line would suggest, as this is the same defensive front that held Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) to just six yards on 15 carries in the season opener. Johnson still managed to reel in a pair of catches and a touchdown in the second quarter to provide some relief for fantasy managers. He'll look to get back on track in Week 4 against the Vikings, who have allowed a 100-yard rusher in back-to-back games.

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    Texans' David Johnson: Less success Week 2

    David 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.

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    Texans' David Johnson: Looks sharp in team debut

    David Johnson rushed 11 times for 77 yards and a touchdown and brought in three of four targets for 32 yards in the Houston 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.

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    Texans' David Johnson: High expecations

    Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said the team has "high expectations" for David 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.

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    Texans' David Johnson: Excited for clean slate

    David Johnson expressed confidence in his durability and anticipation for a new beginning with the Houston Texans, Sarah Barshop of EPSN.com reports.The narrative about Johnson's decline since 2016 is out there after the 28-year-old running back has dealt with injuries and a suspect supporting cast in recent seasons.The one full season he played, 2018, was for the league's lowest-ranked offense, 32nd in rushing and passing. "Just going back to my rookie year of doing everything that I can to make sure that my body is healthy and starting a clean slate for sure with a new team," said Johnson. He enters the offseason as the top back, ahead of incumbent back Duke Johnson, and talks like he has a chip on his shoulder. Having a dynamic quarterback like Deshaun Watson could also boost Johnson's value.

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    Texans' David Johnson: Passes physical

    David Johnson passed his physical Wednesday, making his trade to the Houston 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.

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    Texans' David Johnson: Swapped for DeAndre Hopkins

    The Cardinals traded David 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 Houston 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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    Texans' David Johnson: Shipped to Houston

    The Cardinals traded David Johnson to the Houston Texans on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.Specifics are to follow on what the Cardinals received in return. Less than two years removed from inking Johnson to a massive extension, the Cardinals have moved on after back-to-back lackluster seasons. The transaction was forecast by the team placing the transition tag on Kenyan Drake, who exploded on the scene in 2019 after his trade to the desert midseason. Johnson will join Duke Johnson in the Houston backfield with Lamar Miller (knee) and Carlos Hyde set to become unrestricted free agents.

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    Cardinals' David Johnson: Won't be cut

    Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said David Johnson won't be released this offseason, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "Cutting him is not an option," Keim said. "You can't just have one back."Keim merely states the obvious, considering Johnson's three-year, $39 million extension includes a fully guaranteed $10.2 million base salary for 2020, per overthecap.com. A trade isn't out of the question, but the Cardinals presumably would need to give up something else -- or renegotiate Johnson's contract to eat some of the salary -- to facilitate a trade for for a 28-year-old running back, who hasn't looked especially good since 2016. Johnson did produce 10.3 yards per catch and 7.9 per target in 2019, so he still has value for passing downs if nothing else. Fellow running back Kenyan Drake can become an unrestricted free agent in March, while Chase Edmonds has two years remaining on his rookie contract.

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    Cardinals' David Johnson: Interesting offseason ahead

    David Johnson compiled 94 carries for 345 yards and two touchdowns and hauled in 36 of 47 passes for 370 yards and four more TDs in 13 games this season.Johnson signed a lucrative three-year extension on the eve of the 2018 campaign, but he's disappointed in 29 appearances in the interim. His pass-catching acumen is clear, as evidenced by a catch rate of 69.9 percent (86 receptions on 123 targets) and 9.5 yards per catch. His performance on the ground has been a different story. Managing only 3.7 yards per rush during that stretch, Johnson effectively was benched in 2019 in favor of midseason trade acquisition Kenyan Drake, who tore it up after arriving in Arizona. Drake will be an unrestricted free agent in March, so the Arizona Cardinals' brass may have a difficult decision to make. In any event, the dead cap hit on Johnson's contract is onerous ($16.2 million), meaning he's a great bet to be donning cardinal, black and white yet again next season. Whether or not he'll be a starter or merely a passing-down option remains to be seen.