David Johnson speaks out on his rough 2019 season with Cardinals
New Houston Texans running back David Johnson is not exactly coming off of a successful season.
In his final year with the Arizona Cardinals, Johnson battled through nagging injuries and rushed for just 345 yards and a couple of touchdowns while averaging 3.7 yards per carry.
Johnson was traded to the Texans last month in a deal that sent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals, and he seems ready for a fresh start in Houston:
“I think last season was just rough,” Johnson said, according to Deepi Sidhu of the Texans’ team website. “I had little nicks and bruises with some minor injuries — nothing major. Kliff [Kingsbury] told me that they were going with the hot hand with Chase [Edmonds] and then with Kenyan, and it was just tough to bounce back from that. But it’s a new team and I’m excited, and I think the biggest thing I want to contribute to the team is just my ability to run the ball and to be able to catch.”
Johnson added that he is “very excited” to be joining the Texans.
The 28-year-old spent his first five NFL seasons in Arizona, breaking out in 2016 when he racked up 1,239 yards and 16 scores on the ground while hauling in 80 receptions for 879 yards and four touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection.
Since then, however, it has been rough sailing for Johnson, as he played in just one game due to a wrist injury in 2017 and struggled through 2018, logging a meager 3.6 yards per attempt.
Perhaps a change of scenery will do Johnson some good.