Texans release Duke Johnson after 2 seasons
The running back was cut by the Texans on Friday, as first reported by Adam Schefter and confirmed by KPRC 2. Johnson, who spent two seasons in Houston, later thanked the fans on Instagram. The Texans acquired Johnson from the Cleveland Browns before the 2019 season, sending a third-round draft pick in exchange for the running back. Johnson largely played a back-up role to Carlos Hyde in the first season and David Johnson in the second. In the 2020 season, Johnson carried the ball 77 times for 235 yards and one touchdown in 11 games, according to the NFL Network.
A look at possible salary-cap casualties for the 2021 Houston Texans
HOUSTON – The Houston Texans entered the 2021 season with a dire salary-cap situation, projected more than $13 million over the cap (via/OverTheCap.com) coming off a 4-12 season. Here’s a look at some of the other players that the Texans could lose before the 2021 season as casualties of salary cap gymnastics. Once arguably the best running back in the game, in 2016, Johnson was paid $12 million to rush for 691 yards in 2021. AdIn 2021, Johnson is set to have a salary cap number of about $8.5 million. Total Savings: $6.4 millionPOSSIBLE RESTRUCTURESWR Brandin CooksCooks has a $12 million cap hit in 2021 with zero dead money.
Dwayne Haskins starts for Washington despite breaking rules
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Dwayne Haskins gets his second consecutive start for Washington with quarterback Alex Smith out again because of a right calf injury. Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackon is active against Dallas after missing two months with an ankle injury. Harrison being inactive against the Rams comes as the Seahawks welcome defensive tackle Bryan Mone back from injured reserve following a lengthy stint because of an ankle injury. The Rams were without rookie running back Cam Akers, who had already been ruled out with an ankle injury. Washington: QB Alex Smith, RB Lamar Miller, WR Terry McLaurin, OT David Steinmetz, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB Thomas Davis.
Colts recover another late fumble, beat Texans 27-20
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal (14) makes a catch under pressure from Houston Texans free safety Eric Murray (23) in the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard made his final punch count Sunday. Bobby Okereke recovered the skittering ball in the end zone for the Colts' second win in three weeks over the Texans — in almost the exact same way. Watson answered by marching the Texans to the Colts 21. Sanchez punted in that week's game, a loss to Tennessee.
Cowboys' Elliott inactive; Stafford will start for Lions
(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott is inactive against San Francisco with a calf injury the two-time rushing championship has been battling for several weeks. Safety Deon Bush (foot) is also out after being listed questionable with Johnson. Cowboys: RB Ezekiel Elliott, QB Ben DiNucci, WR Malik Turner, CB Rashard Robinson, DE Bradlee Anae, LB Luke Gifford, DE Ron’Dell Carter. ___JACKSONVILLE AT BALTIMOREJaguars: CB Sidney Jones, CB Luq Barcoo, LB Quincy Williams, DT Daniel Ross, QB Jake Luton. Ravens: DE Calais Campbell, CB Jimmy Smith, CB Marcus Peters, RB Mark Ingram, LB Kristian Welch, DE Jihad Ward, C Trystan Colon-Castillo.
3 things to watch in the Texans road game against the Bears
The Houston Texans will take on the Chicago Bears Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field in Chicago. Here are three major takeaways to watch in the Texans road game against the Bears:Watson’s revengeFor years, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has said all the right things, including this week saying he’s not after revenge for not being drafted by Chicago in 2017. Bears fans have lamented missing out on Watson (and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes) in favor of Mitch Trubisky, who was drafted second overall. While Trubisky has a winning record as a starter, the Bears’ offense has not been strong in the past four seasons. For the Bears, receiver Allen Robinson could have a big game, as none of the Texans cornerbacks are talented enough to effectively shadow him.
Steelers' Roethlisberger active after virus-related absence
The unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers wound up relatively healthy for their game against the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals following a brush with the novel coronavirus. Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu is also back after missing a game with a knee injury. Cincinnati is without running back Joe Mixon, whose lingering foot injury is forcing him to miss a third game in a row. Receiver Cooper Kupp, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and running back Darrell Henderson all were active after missing practices with injuries. Raiders: T Kolton Miller (ankle), DT Maurice Hurst (ankle), QB Marcus Mariota, RB Theo Riddick, G John Simpson, DT Daniel Ross.
Six Houston Texans We Need To See More In The Final Nine Games
The full truth as to how the Houston Texans feel about their roster will reveal itself by 3 p.m. today. He was traded for over a year ago in exchange for a third round pick, and when he touches the ball, general speaking, he has been dynamic and impactful. (Fun fact — the Texans' rookies have played fewer snaps than any team's rookie group this season. LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Then, a week go, he became the first Texans player to test positive for COVID during the season.houstonpress.com
Texans run game stifled again in loss to Packers
All rights reserved)HOUSTON – The Houston Texans are having an intensely disappointing season. After another blowout loss at home, questions are again prevalent about the Texans play-calling, especially in the run game. Houston’s blockbuster DeAndre Hopkins trade will continue to be topical as long as the Texans can’t run the ball. Well, much of the time Houston runs the ball to David Johnson, despite the fact it hasn’t worked all season. David Johnson can be cut without losing any money in 2021, but would make $5.1 million if kept.
JJ Watt among Texans possibly on the chopping block with looming NFL trade deadline
HOUSTON – The Houston Texans are 1-5 with severe cap issues heading into 2021, meaning the team could be a seller at the NFL Trade Deadline on November 3. Watt is on the books for $17.5 million in 2021 with no dead cap (meaning the Texans could cut Watt without paying anything). An article from the Athletic proposes the Texans trade Watt to New Orleans for DT Sheldon Rankins and a first-round pick. Duke Johnson, running backWhy trade him? Texans starting running back David Johnson has either been injured or lost his starting job for three straight seasons.
Lions WR Golladay makes 2020 debut; Bucs' Godwin also active
Jeudy is active for the Bucs game as Denver quarterback Jeff Driskel makes his first start while Drew Lock recovers from a shoulder injury. Cardinals: QB Brett Hundley, WR Christian Kirk, RB Eno Benjamin, OL Mason Cole, OL Josh Miles, DL Leki Fotu. ___CHICAGO AT ATLANTABears: CB Duke Shelley, OG Arlington Hambright, NT Daniel McCullers, WR RIley Ridley, OLB Trevis GipsonFalcons: WR Julio Jones, CB A.J. Browns: WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, CB Greedy Williams, LB Jacob Phillips, Olivier Vernon, Evan Brown and WR Rashard Higgins. Brown, CB Chris Jackson OLB Derick Roberson, C Aaron Brewer, TE Geoff Swaim, DT Matt DickersonVikings: WR Tajaé Sharpe, WR K.J.
Chiefs begin title defense with 34-20 victory over Texans
That run includes a come-from-behind 51-31 victory over the Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Texans' Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, but he also was under relentless pressure and was intercepted once. The elusive Johnson finished it off by scampering 19 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 lead. Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a TD later in the quarter to make the final score a bit more respectable. The teams then stood together in a line that stretched from one end zone to the other for a moment of silence before the coin toss.
Watson agrees to 4-year, $160 million extension with Texans
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) laughs with running back Duke Johnson (25) on the sidelines during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, Pool)HOUSTON Deshaun Watson has agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract extension with the Houston Texans. As a child growing up in Georgia, it was always my dream to play in the NFL, Watson wrote in the post. In his post Watson thanked Texans coach and general manager Bill O'Brien and many members of the team's staff as well as his mother and other family members before sending a message to Texans fans. Now back to the work ..."Houston traded up to select Watson with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 draft.
Best Case Scenarios For All Of Bill O'Brien's NFL Trades
BEST CASE SCENARIO: Johnson is able to maintain the same level of productivity with about double the carries and about 30 to 40 more targets. Mingo was a special teams fixture, Martin flashed a few times as an edge rusher, and the 3rd round pick was traded to Oakland for Gareon Conley. BEST CASE SCENARIO: Hyde goes onto regress into a pumpkin for the rest of his career, and Rankin never becomes a starting offensive lineman ever again. BEST CASE SCENARIO: Crossen makes the team and continues to play fine on special teams. BEST CASE SCENARIO: Conley plays at a level the next two years to where, if the Texans don't extend him, he becomes worthy of a large contract from someone else in free agency.houstonpress.com
Houston Texans 2020 Offseason Position Preview: Running Backs
It all worked out about as well as could be expected, with both Hyde and Johnson having their moments. Up until 2019, Hyde had been the ultimate journeyman, playing for four teams in just a matter of the last couple years before becoming a Texan. I doubt his 2019 season will be viewed around the league as a sign that he is a late bloomer. More likely, Hyde's 2019 season will be viewed as an outlier, and his price should stay in a reasonable range for the Texans to bring him back. I think this is a sleeper possibility for the Texans, finding another playmaker to augment the offense surrounding Deshaun Watson.houstonpress.com
NFL Playoffs, Wild Card Round: Bills-Texans Four Things To Watch For
For a team that's won six division titles in the last nine seasons, it's a franchise whose history, in that same chronological footprint, is relatively devoid of signature moments. The last time Buffalo met a Houston NFL team in the postseason... well, avert your eyes, or don't click play.... Fun fact in games where Carlos Hyde has had 19 or more carries this season, the Texans are 6-0. J.J. Watt, 2019, Chapter IIHere is the biggest x-factor in this game Watt returned to the active roster this week, and will play on Saturday in this game. SPREAD: Texans -3PREDICTION: Texans 19, Bills 17SEASON RECORD: 11-5 SU, 9-6-1 ATSListen to Sean Pendergast on SportsRadio 610 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays.houstonpress.com
Deshaun Watson Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week For Week 3
This is on the heels of Whitney Mercilus taking home the AFC's defensive honors in Week 2. For the game, Watson completed 25 of 34 pass attempts for 351 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 135.8 passer rating. Sunday was Watson's most prolific game in terms of passing yards (351) since Week 5 of the 2018 season, when he threw for 375 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. Watson now owns 51 passing touchdowns, which is the fourth-most in NFL history through 26 games, and 6,642 passing yards, which is the sixth-most in NFL history through 26 games. This marks the 45th time a Houston Texan has been named Player of the Week in franchise history.houstonpress.com
Here's what the Texans' newest additions are saying about the team and opportunity
Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesThe Texans head into Monday night's game with a re-shuffled roster, and a mix of players that simply haven't been with the team very long. Starting running back Lamar Miller is out for the season, and both running backs likely to get touches (Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde) are new. Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson have long been defined in certain roles. Hyde: "Duke is a running back who can do it all. TUNSIL WANTS TO LEADIdeally, the Texans can sign Laremy Tunsil to a long-term deal.
Here are the following players Texans got in return for Jadeveon Clowney
Getty ImagesHOUSTON - Heading into the season, Jadeveon Clowney had all the leverage against the Texans. The team signed Clowney to a franchise tag, and Clowney used it to his advantage to pick which team he wanted to play for. Clowney settled on the Seahawks getting the Texans three pieces back in the trade. During his rookie year for the Seahawks, Martin picked up three sacks as a rotation player, along with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Either Mingo, Martin or Brennan Scarlett (or all three) is likely to replace Clowney positionwise, but Clowneys positional versatility and raw talent will be hard to replace.
How Texans are dealing with loss of RB Lamar Miller
HOUSTON - The Texans returned to practice with a light workout late Monday afternoon inside of their practice bubble at The Methodist Training Center. Wide receiver Keke Coutee, also dealing with an ankle situation, was also at practice along with Justin Reid and Tashaun Gipson. I think hes a sub-back in some things he does. Hes played 16 games three years in a row so hes been out there playing a lot.O'Brien on how J.J. Watt is playing:Hes had a great camp and playing really well right now. Hes ready to play and ready to go.O'Brien on the health of the team entering season opener:The health of the camp has been decent.
Houston Texans at Training Camp Midway Point 4 Winners, 4 Losers
As quickly as Houston Texans training camp began a couple of weeks, here we find ourselves, already about a dozen or so practices in, and on the calendar we are suddenly halfway through camp. Bill O'Brien's zenMost of the media covering the team, that's at practice every day, agrees on this point Bill O'Brien seems calmer this training camp than he normally does, either in training camp or during the season. We can't discount the possibility that the presence of everybody's-favorite-person Jack Easterby, Texans EVP of Team Development, as a calming influence either. McCarronIf something happens to Deshaun Watson in the regular season, it should be McCarron's show, but he suffered a hand injury in the practices in Green Bay, and will miss the rest of training camp. Clowney drama seekersIf you're a radio host or blogger (I'm both) hoping for Jadeveon Clowney's contract situation to be a content source during training camp, then you've come away gravely disappointed.houstonpress.com
What initial 53-man roster for regular season will look like for Houston Texans
The Houston Texans opened their four-game preseason slate with a 28-26 loss at the Green Bay Packers. Taking into account injuries, training camp practices and the first preseason game, here's my first crack at what the initial 53-man roster for the regular season will look like for the Texans. Webb is a nice insurance policy because he can fill in at both WR and QB along with his role on special teams. Crockett has the upper hand among the younger running backs and can contribute on special teams. Gillaspia, a seventh-round pick from Texas A&M and Katy Taylor, is the only fullback on the roster, and the hope is he's a strong special teams contributor.
Four Thoughts on the Houston Texans Trade For RB Duke Johnson
I did not expect what went down yesterday afternoon, as the Texans made a trade that the fan base has been clamoring for, picking up RB Duke Johnson from the Cleveland Browns:The #Texans traded a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft that can become a third-rounder to the #Browns for Duke Johnson, source said. Perhaps more importantly to a head coach like Bill O'Brien, who preaches availability as a seeming end all and be all, Johnson played every game in his four seasons as a Brown. Well, we got our answer yesterday:The Duke Johnson trade was done by #Browns GM John Dorsey and #Texans coach Bill OBrien, Im told. Texans haven't had a guy like Johnson in the O'Brien EraIf we're assessing things honestly, the Texans have not had a player with Johnson's skillset since Bill O'Brien took over as head coach in 2014. The good news is that Duke Johnson's deal runs through 2021, and there is no guaranteed money left for which the Texans are responsible.houstonpress.com
What's on Randy's mind in Week 1 of preseason? Questions remain on O-line, in secondary
1 pick Tytus Howard the future left tackle or will he remain at left guard? Is the left tackle even on this roster? The wide receiver corps is outstanding with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller IV and Keke Coutee. Fuller is your deep threat, Coutee works the slot and that will take a lot of pressure off of Hopkins. Let's see how it all plays out Thursday night and I'll have a new list next week.
5 things to watch during the Texans preseason game against Green Bay
Houston Texans' Charles Omenihu, center, tries to get around Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Gerhard de Beer, left, while pursuing running back Corey Grant, right, during a joint NFL football practice Monday, Aug 5, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis.GREEN BAY, Wisc. - The Texans open up preseason play with a road game at legendary Lambeau Field against the Packers on Thursday night. All week, rookie running backs Karan Higdon and Damarea Crockett battled and made plays to set themselves apart to maybe fill in for cut running back D'Onta Foreman. Scharping grew up in Green Bay, and he is battling to get into the Texans offensive line rotation. Lonnie Johnson retributionTexans rookie cornerback Lonnie Johnson didn't practice Tuesday after delivering a punishing hit to Packers rookie tight end Jace Sternberger.
Texans trade for running back Duke Johnson
Duke Johnson, #29 of the Cleveland Browns, avoids a tackle by Allen Bailey, #97 of the Kansas City Chiefs, during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 4, 2018, in Cleveland. HOUSTON - The Houston Texans have bolstered their running back crew just before their preseason opener, by acquiring Duke Johnson from the Cleveland Browns. Lamar Miller, the Texans starting running back, seemed to be pleased with the deal for Johnson, a fellow Miami Hurricane talent. _ duo Lamar Miller (@millertime_6) August 8, 2019In four seasons in Cleveland, Johnson has 235 receptions for 2,170 yards and eight touchdowns. The Texans had a need at running back after waiving their 2017 third-round pick, D'Onta Foreman, last Sunday.