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David Johnson had strong, breakout performance, per Texans coach

David Johnson, Texans

The Houston Texans were thoroughly dismantled by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2020 NFL season opener. While there were few positives to take away from the game, the performance of running back David Johnson did serve as a silver lining.

Johnson was one of the few bright spots for the Texans, rushing 11 times for 77 yards and a touchdown to go with three catches for 32 yards. Head coach Bill O’Brien was admittedly pleased with what he saw from his, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle:

“Just from the sideline without watching the tape, I thought he played well,” Texans coach and general manager Bill O’Brien said. “He ran hard. He is a good player. He is a very good player, and he did a lot of things well, a lot of things we can build on.

Johnson made his presence felt immediately by getting Houston’s ground game going against Kansas City, which culminated with him scoring the first touchdown of the 2020 campaign. While his efforts were not enough to keep the offense from falling flat, it certainly gives O’Brien something to build on moving forward.

The Texans caught plenty of flak for their lopsided trade that sent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for Johnson and a second-round pick. It is safe to say that the underwhelming performance from the offense has already brought back the criticisms for O’Brien to be justified.

Although he seems to be content with establishing a strong rushing attack behind Johnson, there is no question that this team’s bread and butter lies with quarterback Deshaun Watson and the passing game.