Lamar Miller excited to split Texans’ backfield with Duke Johnson
Lamar Miller isn’t sweating his new competition in the backfield, however. Instead, the 28-year-old running back sees his new teammate as a partner in crime.
Per Aaron Wilson in the Houston Chronicle:
“It’s good,” Miller said. “I spoke to him this morning. He’s excited. I’m excited to have him on the same team. He’s a very talented player. He catches the ball out of the backfield pretty good. He can run the ball as well. Just to have him is really cool.”
Miller, entering his fourth season with the Texans, expressed excitement in having Duke Johnson on board. Both running backs attended the University of Miami, albeit at different times. While Miller was originally selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, he went to the South Florida institution in 2010, with Johnson entering the school in 2012 to replace the highly touted back.
Johnson, 25, was traded to Houston on Wednesday in exchange for a 2020 conditional fourth-round pick, which might make him the highest-sold RB since Trent Richardson was dealt in a package in which the pick could convert into a third-rounder.
Cleveland originally selected the 5-foot-9 Johnson in 2015 in the third round. With Johnson and Miller in tow, head coach Bill O’Brien’s squad could have a formidable and dynamic offense, especially with athletic quarterback Deshaun Watson. Miller, Watson and Johnson should be a three-headed monster, extending plays with their feet and — in Johnson’s case — turning the backfield into a solid pass-catching piece of Houston’s offense as well.