Texans trade for running back David Johnson from the Cardinals

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David Johnson was one of the top running backs in the entire NFL just a few short years ago with the Arizona Cardinals. Now, he will get the chance to show it again with the Houston Texans.

According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Texans have officially acquired Johnson from the Cardinals and will take on some salary in doing so.

Johnson is an intriguing addition for the Texans. Houston needs to find a dual-threat running back and depending on the price, Johnson could be that guy. They have also been linked to Melvin Gordon in free agency.

Last season with the Cardinals, Johnson ended up playing 13 games. He carried the football 94 times for 345 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers average out to 3.7 yards per carry.

In addition to his rushing numbers, Johnson caught 36 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns. That ability is what makes him so interesting for the Texans.

Deshaun Watson is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He has an amazing arm, but he needs a running game that defenses have to respect. Johnson could still bring that kind of dynamic to Houston.

Not only will Johnson be a lethal threat on the ground, he could be a wide receiver out of the backfield for Watson. Johnson has made defenses pay on screens and on short dump-offs throughout his entire career.

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