Duke Johnson Jr. Practices for First Time as Texan

Newly acquired RB back on the field after hamstring injury

The Bull Rush
August 20, 2019 - 3:05 pm

USA TODAY

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Duke Johnson Jr. hit the practice field for the first time as a member of the Houston Texans on Tuesday.

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"It's great. It's great to have him out here. 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," Texans’ Head Coach Bill O’Brien said about the running back acquired by the Texans earlier this month.

Johnson Jr., 25, enters his fifth season in the league and has caught an average of over 58 passes a year.  Last season with Cleveland, Johnson caught a career low 47 passes for 429 yards while carrying the ball 40 times for 201 yards.

"He's a very instinctive player, good player, good hands, good route runner, does a good job,” O’Brien added.

With Lamar Miller, Buddy Howell, Josh Ferguson, Taiwan Jones, Karan Higdon and Damarea Crockett on the roster, Johnson Jr. joined a running back room that has been very competitive all training camp.  The Texans traded at least a 2020 fourth round draft pick that could turn into a third rounder, and one of the Texans’ running backs knows they’re getting a good player.

“He’s not the person that’s going to get tackled by the first person. He’s got a lot of moves in his tool box and he knows how to make people miss.  He’s very elusive,” Howell said following Tuesday’s practice. 

As far as when Duke Johnson Jr. may appear in a game for the Texans is still anyone’s guess.  O’Brien said, "I don't know," when asked if Johnson Jr. would see any action on Saturday against Dallas.