Duke Johnson is proving to the Houston Texans that they got their money’s worth. Despite a reported strained hamstring, the 25-year-old running back hardly showed any signs of it and had exemplary mobility in his first practice with his new team.
“It’s great to have him out here,” said Texans coach Bill O’Brien in a report from the Houston Chronicle. “He’s a good addition to the team, good in the passing game, good runner, had some good plays today. Good to have him out there.”
Acquired from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a future pick, the Texans are confident they can fully utilize Johnson. Most saw his hamstring injury as an obstacle but it seems everything is going accordingly. Johnson is under contract through the 2021 season and is due base salaries of $1.8 million, $3.6 million and $4.65 million under a $15.6 million extension.
Johnson may have skipped a lot of practice time this summer but has never missed a game since entering the league. And while O’Brien has yet to detail what he meant about the vision they have for Johnson, it appears he will be matching with Lamar Miller, Yahoo Sports reported.
“He’s a very instinctive player,” said O’Brien. “Good player, good hands, good route runner, does a good job.”
The 77th pick of the 2015 NFL Draft is expected to fit in well with the passing game of the Texans and finally play a huge role. This was one of the reasons why Johnson asked for a trade from the Browns. Barring any setbacks, Johnson should be ready by Week 1.