Texans OC (and play-caller) Tim Kelly talked up a higher volume run game at OTAs. “I’ve got to do a good job calling more runs and letting our backs and line get into a rhythm as far as how that game’s being played out up front,” he said via the Houston Chronicle. “Each year you go into the offseason looking at different schematic ways and personnel ways you can improve, and we feel like we’ve done that.” RB coach Danny Barrett called the backfield a “healthy competition,” with presumed starter David Johnson, Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay and Rex Burkhead in the mix for touches. Houston clearly has room to run more after ranking 29th in run rate last season. Still, it’s tough to get behind any piece of this backfield — especially if Deshaun Watson isn’t under center.
The Texans signed RB Rex Burkhead. The soon-to-be 31-year-old missed the final 6 games of last season after knee surgery and has a lengthy injury history. He remained reasonably effective last year, averaging 4.1 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per catch. But his days as a fantasy asset are likely over. That's especially true on the Texans, who look like a bad team with a crowded backfield. Houston has added Burkhead, Phillip Lindsay and Mark Ingram to David Johnson this offseason.
The Texans signed RB Phillip Lindsay to a 1-year, $3.25 million deal. He joins incumbent starter David Johnson and Mark Ingram, who signed a 1-year, $2.5 million deal last week, in Houston's backfield. This looks like a 3-headed attack in what will be a bad offense if QB Deshaun Watson is traded away.
The Texans have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB Mark Ingram, worth "up to" $3 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ingram will join a backfield that currently includes David Johnson, Buddy Howell, Dontrell Hilliard and Scottie Phillips. We'll see whether Houston adds anything else to the group. Perhaps more importantly, we're all still waiting to see who will QB the Texans this fall. Ingram's arrival makes it even easier to remain unexcited about Johnson in current best-ball drafting. Ingram rated below average in Football Outsiders rushing DVOA last season and drew a career-low 6.5 carries per game with the run-heavy Ravens, though. There's a chance he doesn't make any impact in 2021.
The Texans and RB David Johnson have agreed to a restructured 1-year contract. He'll make "up to" $6 million with $4.25 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a pay cut from the $8 million Johnson was originally scheduled to make this season -- but it should lock him in as Houston's lead back in 2021. Johnson averaged a career-best 4.7 yards per carry in his Texans debut last year, finishing with 691 rushing yards and 6 scores in 12 games. He added a 33-314-2 receiving line to finish 16th among RBs in PPR points per game.
Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) is inactive for today’s game against the Titans. David Johnson should continue to dominate backfield touches.
Texans RB C.J. Prosise is inactive for today's game vs. the Bengals. He was left off the final injury report, so he looks like a healthy scratch. With RB Duke Johnson also out, David Johnson will dominate backfield work for Houston again today.
Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Houston will get RB C.J. Prosise back for this one, but RB David Johnson handle the vast majority of the backfield work.
Texans RBs Duke Johnson (neck) and C.J. Prosise (ankle) have been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Colts. David Johnson is now a candidate to handle 100% of Houston's RB touches. The matchup isn't ideal, but Johnson is a volume-based RB2 candidate.
Texans RB Duke Johnson (neck) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Colts. He was limited on Wednesday and sidelined on Thursday and Friday. RB C.J. Prosise (ankle) is also listed as questionable. If both guys are out, David Johnson could handle 100% of Houston's RB touches.
Texans RB David Johnson has been activated from the COVID list. He'll return for Sunday's game against the Colts but only sits in RB3 territory in the Week 15 Rankings.
The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that Texans RB David Johnson landed on the COVID list as a high-risk close contact. That means he'll be cleared for Week 15 if he avoids a positive test. We'll keep an eye on Johnson this coming week.
Texans RB David Johnson has been placed on the COVID list. He's out for Sunday's game against the Bears and is uncertain for Week 15 and beyond. His absence puts Duke Johnson back in the lead role this weekend. He averaged 11 carries and 3.3 targets in 3 games in that role earlier this year. Against Chicago's 4th-ranked RB defense, Duke is just a low-end fantasy option.
Texans RB David Johnson missed Friday's practice for a personal issue and might not travel with the team to Chicago for Sunday's game vs. the Bears, HC Rome Crennel said. We'll keep an eye on the situation and should find out whether Johnson traveled on Saturday afternoon. His absence would again leave lead duties to RB Duke Johnson, who's averaged 11 carries and 3.3 targets in 3 games in that role this year.
Texans RB David Johnson (concussion) has been placed on the active roster and is set to return for Sunday's game against the Colts. Johnson averaged 14.4 carries and 3.4 targets in 7 healthy games this season and figures to get a similar workload tomorrow. The matchup vs. the #13 RB defense leaves Johnson as a low-end RB2 for Week 13.
Texans RB David Johnson (concussion) has been designated to return from IR. He's eligible to play against the Colts this weekend, although it's still unclear if he's passed through the concussion protocol. We'll continue to monitor the situation. If Johnson is cleared, he should step back in as Houston's lead back.
The Texans have placed RB David Johnson on IR for the concussion had already knocked him out for Week 10. That's a worrisome development for what is more typically a 1-game issue. Johnson will miss at least the next 3 games, leaving Duke Johnson to operate as the lead back for at least matchups with Cleveland, New England and Detroit. That's 3 favorable spots for a guy who has performed efficiently throughout his career, amid limited rushing work. Houston has also elevated RB C.J. Prosise from the practice squad.
Texans RB David Johnson (concussion) didn’t practice all week and is out for Sunday’s game against the Browns. That should leave RB Duke Johnson in a feature role — and a borderline RB1 in fantasy lineups.
Texans RB David Johnson (concussion) remained sidelined on Thursday. He's now a long shot to get cleared for this weekend's game against the Browns. Look for Duke Johnson to handle close to 100% of Houston's RB touches in that one.
Texans RB David Johnson exited in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Jaguars to get checked for a concussion. We'll update his status when we learn more. Duke Johnson will step in as Houston's lead back for however long David is out.
Update: Johnson has a concussion and is done for the day. We'll track his progress through the protocol this coming week, but Duke Johnson should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
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