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: Productive as receiver

    David 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 Houston Texans draw a Week 8 bye.

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    Texans' David Johnson: Finds paydirt in high-scoring loss

    David 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 Houston 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.

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    Texans' David Johnson: Tops 100 total yards

    David 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 Houston Texans take on the Titans.

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    Texans' David Johnson: Held in check by Vikings

    David 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 Houston 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.

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    Texans' David Johnson: No room to run

    The Houston Texans' offensive line has not given David 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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    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.