David Johnson
RB HOU (8)
Tue 4/21/20 7:48 AM

Johnson expressed confidence in his durability and anticipation for a new beginning with the Texans, Sarah Barshop of EPSN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The narrative about Johnson's decline since 2016 is out there after the 28-year-old running back has dealt with injuries and a suspect supporting cast in recent seasons.The one full season he played, 2018, was for the league's lowest-ranked offense, 32nd in rushing and passing. "Just going back to my rookie year of doing everything that I can to make sure that my body is healthy and starting a clean slate for sure with a new team," said Johnson. He enters the offseason as the top back, ahead of incumbent back Duke Johnson, and talks like he has a chip on his shoulder. Having a dynamic quarterback like Deshaun Watson could also boost Johnson's value.

David Johnson
RB HOU (8)
Wed 4/15/20 5:30 PM

Johnson has reportedly passed his physical with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson dealt with an ankle injury last season and effectively had his 2017 campaign derailed by a dislocated wrist, but this was an expected outcome and one that solidifies the transaction that brought him to Houston in a blockbuster that sent star wideout DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals. The 28-year-old's production has been lackluster since he turned in monster fantasy numbers in 2016, but a change in scenery and a perch atop his new team's depth chart could help Johnson -- who logged just 94 carries while catching 36 passes in 13 games last year - engineer a bounce-back effort in 2020, while working in tandem with pass-catching ace Duke Johnson.

David Johnson
RB HOU (8)
Mon 3/16/20 1:35 PM

The Cardinals traded Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round selection for DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

In what may become the blockbuster move of the 2020 offseason, the Texans opt to settle their backfield situation but in exchange give up one of the league's most reliable wide receivers. Johnson will join forces with Duke Johnson at running back with Houston moving on from unrestricted free agents Lamar Miller (knee) and Carlos Hyde.

David Johnson
RB HOU (8)
Mon 3/16/20 1:15 PM

The Cardinals traded Johnson to the Texans on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Specifics are to follow on what the Cardinals received in return. Less than two years removed from inking Johnson to a massive extension, the Cardinals have moved on after back-to-back lackluster seasons. The transaction was forecast by the team placing the transition tag on Kenyan Drake, who exploded on the scene in 2019 after his trade to the desert midseason. Johnson will join Duke Johnson in the Houston backfield with Lamar Miller (knee) and Carlos Hyde set to become unrestricted free agents.

David Johnson
RB HOU (8)
Fri 2/14/20 10:35 AM

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said Johnson won't be released this offseason, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "Cutting him is not an option," Keim said. "You can't just have one back."

EDGE Analysis

Keim merely states the obvious, considering Johnson's three-year, $39 million extension includes a fully guaranteed $10.2 million base salary for 2020, per overthecap.com. A trade isn't out of the question, but the Cardinals presumably would need to give up something else -- or renegotiate Johnson's contract to eat some of the salary -- to facilitate a trade for for a 28-year-old running back, who hasn't looked especially good since 2016. Johnson did produce 10.3 yards per catch and 7.9 per target in 2019, so he still has value for passing downs if nothing else. Fellow running back Kenyan Drake can become an unrestricted free agent in March, while Chase Edmonds has two years remaining on his rookie contract.

David Johnson
RB HOU (8)
Mon 12/30/19 11:50 PM

Johnson compiled 94 carries for 345 yards and two touchdowns and hauled in 36 of 47 passes for 370 yards and four more TDs in 13 games this season.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson signed a lucrative three-year extension on the eve of the 2018 campaign, but he's disappointed in 29 appearances in the interim. His pass-catching acumen still is clear, as evidenced by a catch rate of 69.9 percent (86 receptions on 123 targets) and 9.5 yards per catch. His performance on the ground has been a different story. Boasting 3.7 yards per rush during that stretch, Johnson effectively was benched in 2019 in favor of midseason trade acquisition Kenyan Drake, who tore it up after arriving in Arizona. Drake will be an unrestricted free agent in March, so the Cardinals' brass may have a difficult decision to make. In any event, the dead cap hit on Johnson's contract is onerous ($16.2 million), meaning he's a great bet to be donning cardinal, black and white yet again next season. Whether or not he'll be a starter again remains to be seen.

David Johnson
RB HOU (8)
Mon 12/23/19 5:27 PM

Johnson took two carries for three yards and posted one reception (on one target) for four yards during Sunday's 27-13 win at Seattle.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson started each of the Cardinals' first seven games of the season, only to injure his ankle Week 7 and miss two contests as a result. Upon his return, he got the nod again, but the lead back role remained in the hands of midseason trade acquisition Kenyan Drake. Johnson's usage has been minimal in the meantime, and while he joined Drake in the starting lineup this past Sunday, he did little with his four touches. With one game remaining on the schedule, Johnson may be running out of time to stake any sort of claim to this backfield beyond 2019, even with Drake slated to be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

David Johnson
RB HOU (8)
Mon 12/16/19 5:58 PM

Johnson had three carries for six yards and returned one kickoff for 24 yards during Sunday's 38-24 win against the Browns.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson's trio of rushes occurred on the Cardinals' first possession, late in the second quarter and on the second-to-last play of the game as the offense was attempting to salt away the clock. Meanwhile, Kenyan Drake again dominated touches out of the backfield, turning 23 into 146 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns on the ground. Their usage was reflected in their respective snap counts: Drake handled 46 of 61 on offense while Johnson got 13. Such has been the trend since Johnson returned Week 10 from a two-game absence and likely will extend through the season finale, barring an injury or downturn in play from Drake.

David Johnson
RB HOU (8)
Sun 12/8/19 8:31 PM

Johnson ran for 19 yards on three carries and caught both of his targets for 34 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 23-17 loss to Pittsburgh.

EDGE Analysis

The 2016 All-Pro back has been relegated to a part-time role since the arrival of Kenyan Drake, collecting a surprisingly slim workload of 5.7 offensive touches per game since Week 10. Prior to Drake's Cardinals debut Oct. 31, Johnson had averaged 17.7 combined rush attempts and receptions per game. With most leagues in the midst of the fantasy playoffs, Johnson is hard to trust, even going up against a Cleveland defense in Week 15 that allows nearly 4.8 yards per carry to opposing running backs.

David Johnson
RB HOU (8)
Sun 12/1/19 9:00 PM

Johnson carried the ball four times for 15 yards and caught both his targets for nine yards in Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Rams,

EDGE Analysis

Kenyan Drake saw 15 touches to Johnson's six on the afternoon while Chase Edmonds got zero, so the pecking order in the Cards' backfield doesn't seem to have changed coming out of the team's bye. Johnson' inability to break a big play with his limited workload doesn't make a good argument for more action, but the whole offense struggled in this one. He'll likely handle No. 2 duties again next week against a stingy Steelers defense.