David Johnson
RB HOU (10)
Wed 7/7/21 3:31 PM

Johnson is joined in the Houston backfield by fellow veterans Phillip Lindsay, Mark Ingram and Rex Burkhead, ESPN.com's Sarah Barshop reports.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson, Lindsay and Ingram all have experience in lead roles, while Burkhead is a versatile reserve who has never taken more than 74 carries in a season. Johnson was mediocre for the Texans last year, but he remains the favorite to lead their backfield in 2021, in part due to a $4.25 million guarantee on his $6 million salary. Lindsay, Ingram and Burkhead all settled for smaller deals this offseason, with the latter two potentially even forced to battle for roster spots this summer. Johnson's place on the team should be safe, but it's possible he ends up splitting carries in what could be a bottom-five offense (if Deshaun Watson isn't available to play). There's also some chance Johnson ends up in a three-down role, which could lead to fantasy value even if he's inefficient and doesn't have too many TD opportunities.

David Johnson
RB HOU (10)
Tue 3/2/21 3:09 PM

Johnson has agreed to restructure his contract, which now will have $4.25 million guaranteed out of a potential $6 million in 2021 compensation, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
Prior to the new arrangement, Johnson was scheduled for a $7.95 million base salary, including $2.1 million guaranteed. The first number goes down and the second up, with player and team reaching an agreement to keep Johnson in Houston for the final year of his lucrative contract. Now that that's settled, the Texans can figure out the rest of their roster, starting with the tumultuous Deshaun Watson situation. Johnson's team context will go from bad to worse if the Texans don't have the star QB under center.

David Johnson
RB HOU (10)
Fri 2/26/21 1:18 PM

The Texans hope to retain Johnson for 2021, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson put together a fairly solid inaugural campaign in Houston, with 1,005 scrimmage yards and eight total touchdowns, but he was also limited to 12 appearances due to injuries. The 29-year-old carries an $8.8 million cap hit for 2021, per Spotrac.com, a figure which Wilson notes the Texans want to bring down. Johnson only carries a $2.1 million dead cap figure, so if he's unwilling to agree on a restructured contract the team could cut him without much penalty, as happened to former backfield mate Duke Johnson on Friday. Agreeing to terms on a deal that would help him stick around could be beneficial for Johnson, as he seems to have a clear path to a large workload in Houston that likely wouldn't be there for him on the open market.

David Johnson
RB HOU (10)
Sun 1/3/21 10:38 PM

Johnson carried the ball 14 times for 84 yards and a touchdown and caught three of five targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Titans.
EDGE Analysis
While the circumstances of his arrival in Houston, as part of Bill O'Brien's last ill-advised trade, were less than ideal, Johnson put together a solid 2020 campaign when he was healthy, amassing 1,005 scrimmage yards and eight TDs (six rushing, two receiving) in 12 games. With one more season left on his current contract, Johnson could well find himself back with the Texans next year, but he would also carry a small dead cap hit of $2.1 million if the team's new regime decides to move in a different direction in the backfield.

David Johnson
RB HOU (10)
Sun 12/27/20 4:54 PM

Johnson rushed 12 times for 128 yards and a touchdown and secured all three of his targets for 11 yards and another score in the Texans' 37-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
A week after racking up 11 receptions in a loss to the Colts, Johnson stood out for his work on the ground Sunday with a highly efficient performance highlighted by a 48-yard run. Johnson had yet to cross the 100-yard mark on the ground as a Texan until Sunday, and his receiving touchdown was his first since Week 7. Johnson will look to put together another strong game to cap off his first season in Houston against the vulnerable Titans defense in the Week 17 finale.

David Johnson
RB HOU (10)
Sun 12/20/20 5:00 PM

Johnson carried the ball eight times for 27 yards in Week 15 against the Colts. He added 11 receptions for 106 yards as a receiver.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson returned from a one-game absence and had a huge role in the backfield with both Duke Johnson (neck) and C.J. Prosise (ankle) inactive. While he was mostly held in check as a runner, he was a regular checkdown option for Deshaun Watson as a receiver. Most of his production came as a result of volume, though he did turn in receptions of 31 and 26 yards to highlight his effort. Johnson could be in line for big volume once again in Week 16 against Cincinnati if the team's backfield remains shorthanded.

David Johnson
RB HOU (10)
Thu 12/17/20 5:05 PM

Johnson (not injury related) practiced fully Thursday.
EDGE Analysis
While he appears on track to suit up Sunday against the Colts, both Duke Johnson (neck) and C.J. Prosise (ankle) sat out Thursday's session. With Houston's backfield depth options in Week 15 unclear at this stage, it looks like David Johnson is poised to reclaim his role as the team's lead back versus Indy.

David Johnson
RB HOU (10)
Wed 12/16/20 5:09 PM

The Texans activated Johnson (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson was forced to sit out last weekend's loss to the Bears, but he'll be eligible to return to action in Indianapolis on Sunday. He'll likely take back a starting role out of the backfield, as per usual, but it's worth keeping in mind that Johnson has only surpassed 50 rushing yards four times this season.

David Johnson
RB HOU (10)
Wed 12/16/20 11:50 AM

Johnson (reserve/COVID-19 list) is present at the Texans' team facility Wednesday, but he won't take part in the team's first practice of Week 15, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
EDGE Analysis
While the report notes that Johnson didn't test positive for COVID-19 after landing on the list last week and sitting out the Texans' loss to the Bears, he'll still be eased into the mix due to the time he missed. Johnson is expected to be reinstated from the list soon, and if he's back at practice Thursday, he'll likely be in line to reclaim his starting role from Duke Johnson this weekend against the Colts.

David Johnson
RB HOU (10)
Sun 12/13/20 5:00 PM

Interim coach Romeo Crennel relayed that Johnson landed on the COVID-19 list as a close contact and is expected to return to action in Week 15, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
In his absence in Sunday's 36-7 loss to the Bears, Duke Johnson, Buddy Howell and C.J. Prosise handled Houston's RB duties. None of the trio did enough to supplant David Johnson as the team's starter, and assuming he's activated in the coming days, he should head the team's backfield next weekend against the Colts.