RB Duke Johnson Jr - Houston Texans
|5-9, 207||Born: 9-23-1993||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2015|
2019 Week 1 vs NO (9 / 57 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
It was also a productive day for Duke Johnson who put up 13 total touches for the offense and 90 total yards. His longest play was a 32-yard rush that saw him break a tackle in open field to go get more yards. His pass catching ability remains his best assist and he was second on the offense in targets only behind Deandre Hopkins.
2019 Week 2 vs JAX (6 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a slow day for Duke Johnson, and he was only targeted one time in the passing game. His best run came on a 3rd and long call where Johnson had a 19-yard run that saw him use a spin move and break a tackle. Outside of that run, Johnson was a non-factor for the offense.
2019 Week 3 vs LAC (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
The Texans are still trying to find ways to get Duke Johnson involved in the offense but with so many skill players around him, his touches will be limited. Johnson had two carries for only two yards and two receptions for 22 yards. His best catch of the day came when Watson saw the blitz and hit Johnson in the flats allowing him to make defenders miss for a 15 yard gain.
2019 Week 4 vs CAR (6 / 56 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
The Texans are trying to find ways to get Duke Johnson the football and right now he is their best back on the field. He had a season-long rush of 40-yards where he beat one defender and was off to the races to get the offense into the red zone. Johnson also had two receptions with his longest being 12-yards. The one thing that Johnson has going for him is his ability to make defenders miss when he has the football in his hands.
2019 Week 5 vs ATL (9 / 59 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
The Texans are still finding ways to work in Duke Johnson not the offense. Johnson had a 24-yard rush and was able to get 59 total yards on the ground. Johnson only had one catch the entire game for 8 yards but his presence on the field opens up so much for the passing game with defenses having to account for him. The touches for Johnson have not been there but part of the issue is due to others in the offense getting touches at a higher rate.
2019 Week 6 vs KC (5 / 34 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)
The Texans continued to find a way to get Johnson involved in the offense and were able to get him his first touchdown of the season. Watson hit Johnson on an 11-yard touchdown reception versus a linebacker. The Texans tried to exploit Johnson against the Chiefs linebacker all game, and he almost had another touchdown reception but was stopped short on a 9-yard reception. Johnson has been positive in the running game and had 34-yards rushing with his longest being 15-yards.
2019 Week 7 vs IND (7 / 34 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
With the Colts defense causing all types of issues for the Texans offense, O'Brien opted to use and give Duke Johnson more touches in the offense. He was able to rush for 34 yards and catch two passes fro 22 yards. Johnson's usage and touches went up this week but part of that was due to the Colts scheming to shut down the run and Carlos Hyde at all costs.
2019 Week 8 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 33 / 1 rec)
The touches keep coming for Duke Johnson, and he started the scoring off for the Texans when he caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Watson beating a linebacker out of the backfield inside the red zone. Johnson had a similar play earlier in the year that Watson missed him on but was able to hit him at this time. Johnson also rushed the ball for 46 yards with his longest run being 12 yards, and he also had 33 yards in the passing game. Johnson is being used much more as the season goes on, and part of it is that O'Brien is becoming comfortable with Johnson's skill set.
2019 Week 9 vs JAX (7 / 13 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)
It was the first time in a while that a running back led the Texans offense in receiving, and that is what Duke Johnson did on Sunday. Johnson made some strong catches downfield, and his longest reception was for 21 yards. Johnson was also able to get into the endzone on a one-yard run, where he trucked a cornerback to get the touchdown. Johnson continues to lead the Texans in touches per game outside of Hyde. The production remains steady with Johnson in the offense.
2018 Week 1 vs PIT (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 6 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Johnson finished third on the team in targets, with six, but was only able to turn one of those looks into a reception. He was one of the biggest casualties of Tyrod Taylor's inaccuracy with the football. He had one target thrown too far outside to his right and another later which short-hopped him. Johnson remains entrenched as the team's passing-down back and should bounce back if more accurate throws start coming his way.
2018 Week 2 vs NO (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Johnson went underused for the second consecutive game, as the Browns elected to give just five touches to their electric play-maker. That being said, Johnson got the 'start' as he was on the field for the first offensive play. He was involved early, lining up out wide before coming around for a sweep play. He wound up gaining just two yards on the play. Johnson did have a shot at a bigger game as he drew an end zone target from Tyrod Taylor in the third quarter. It was a good pass but Johnson had no chance at making the catch as a Saints defender pulled him down, drawing a defensive pass interference penalty which put the Browns as the Saints' one-yard line. Johnson was lined up in the slot on that play. The Browns have been moving him around when he's on the field but the ball just isn't coming his way often. He will be hard to trust in fantasy until he starts to see more usage.
2018 Week 3 vs NYJ (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Despite the Browns stating earlier in the week that they had to get Johnson more touches, he wound up with just two carries and two receptions in Week 3. He was on the field early in the game, but he didn't wind up seeing his first touch until the second offensive series in the second quarter. He ripped off an eight-yard gain on that run. In the fourth quarter, Johnson made a big 15-yard reception on 3rd-and-5. He wound up fumbling on the play while fighting for extra yards, but fortunately for him, Rashard Higgins recovered. Johnson is one of Cleveland's most explosive playmakers but he remains an afterthought in the team's offense. Hopefully the insertion of Baker Mayfield into the starting lineup will get him going.
2018 Week 4 vs OAK (2 / 11 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw just six touches in Week 4, although his 56 yards from scrimmage goes down as a season high. That tells fantasy owners all they need to know as Johnson isn't getting as much work as he did in past seasons. He did manage to convert two two-point conversions in the game, both rushing. He got off to a fast start, reeling in a 19-yard pass in the first quarter on a perfectly placed throw that Baker Mayfield floated into his hands down the left sideline. Johnson did commit a rough drop on a ball that hit him in the chest during the fourth quarter. He saw a deep target from Baker Mayfield in overtime, although the pass was underthrown and batted down by the defender. Johnson's spotty usage makes him a hard to trust going forward.
2018 Week 5 vs BAL (5 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw another week of sparse usage. He finished with just six touches in the game with three of his carries coming consecutively on the game-winning drive in overtime. His first touch didn't come until the beginning of the second quarter on a 3rd-and-long play. His only catch came on a dump off in the second quarter. He didn't contribute much in the way of overall stats but Johnson's three carries on the game-winning drive were huge for his team. The Browns were at Baltimore's 43 yard line with overtime winding down and Johnson ripped off gains of 15, five, and four yards to get his team down to the Baltimore 19 for a manageable field goal attempt. Johnson is a much better player in real life than it appears he will be for fantasy this season in Todd Haley's offense.
2018 Week 6 vs LAC (2 / 36 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 73 / 0 rec)
Johnson turned in his best game of the season, partially due to a pass-happy game script that was forced when the Browns got down several scores in the second half. Johnson finished as the team's leading rusher on just two carries and topped 100 all-purpose yards for the first time all season. In the first quarter, he ripped off a 32-yard catch-and-run. He was wide open in the flat after the Chargers called a safety blitz and was able to turn the short pass into a big gain. He picked up 25 yards on two receptions with the Browns in their hurry-up offense at the end of the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, Johnson picked up a 16-yard pass and also saw a goal line attempt. Baker Mayfield attempted a short shovel pass at the goal line but Johnson dropped the pass. Johnson looked explosive in the game and was hard to bring down at times. His usage was encouraging in this contest but it could have been a result of poor game script for the Browns.
2018 Week 7 vs TB (1 / -4 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Johnson was listed as the team's RB1 heading into the game but he was barely used by the offense, as has been the case for much of the season. That being said, he could have had a bigger game but he had two 14-yard catches nullified by penalties in the game. Johnson only carried the ball one time in the game, losing four yards on the tote as he was swallowed up behind the line of scrimmage. He did show his excellent hands on a leaping seven-yard snatch catch in the second quarter. Head coach Hue Jackson did hint after the game that he might start taking over more control in the offense. That could be a good sign for Johnson as he was featured prominently in 2017 when Jackson was calling his own plays.
2018 Week 8 vs PIT (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw just four touches in this game as he continues to be overlooked in the offensive game plan. He got off to a fast start, catching passes on the first two plays of the game but he got up slowly following the second catch and limped off the field. He returned a few plays later but that could have played into him seeing just two carries the rest of the way. The Browns fired Hue Jackson and Todd Haley on Monday in a move that has to be considered a win for Johnson. Former Cardinals QB and RBs coach Freddie Kitchens will take over as offensive coordinator. He was in Arizona when David Johnson put together his outstanding 2016 season, so there's hope he will know how to use an elite pass-catching running back such as Duke Johnson. Hopefully Kitchens will start by giving Johnson double-digit touches every week.
2018 Week 9 vs KC (1 / 8 / 0 rush, 9 / 9 / 78 / 2 rec)
Johnson finally broke out in Week 9, mostly thanks to new offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens actually using him in the game plan. It was clear that Johnson was a major part of the offense against Kansas City as he set season highs in all receiving categories. Kitchens often schemed Johnson open, getting him matched up against Kansas City linebackers. Johnson has proven over his career that it is a huge mismatch in his favor when a linebacker tries to cover him. He ripped off a 23-yard reception in the second quarter where he burned a Chiefs linebacker and caught a perfectly lobbed pass before turning up the left sideline. After not scoring a touchdown all season, Johnson scored twice in the game. The first touchdown was a 19-yarder where he caught the ball near the line of scrimmage and instantly broke a tackle. He then weaved his way across the goal line. Johnson came back with a five-yard score on a short slant in the third quarter. He showed great effort in fighting his way over the goal line on the play. Johnson was fantasy waiver wire fodder under the previous coaching regime but he is instantly back on the map as a low-end RB2/flex play in PPR leagues now that he has an OC willing to use his explosive play-making skills.
2018 Week 10 vs ATL (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 31 / 1 rec)
The Duke Johnson resurgence continued in Week 10 as he scored his third touchdown in two weeks. It is clear that new offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens wants to get Johnson involved in the offense and get him the ball in space. Many of Johnson's receptions against Atlanta came on short, quick passes near the line of scrimmage. He got wide open down the middle of the field for his 11-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. He had received a red zone carry from the Atlanta 15-yard line before that play. He did appear to fumble in the third quarter but the play was reviewed and it was ruled his knee was down before the ball came out. With an uptick in usage and an offensive coordinator committed to using him, Johnson's arrow is pointing up for the remainder of the season.
2018 Week 12 vs CIN (2 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Johnson had a quiet game, mostly because the Browns had a big 28-7 lead at halftime and only threw the ball four times in the second half. This is the sort of game script that neutralizes a pass-catching specialist such as Johnson. His first touch came on a pitch left which saw him gain three yards. Later on the same drive he caught a 23-yard pass off of play action. On the third drive of the first quarter, Johnson saw a red zone target right in front of the Cincinnati goal line. The ball was thrown too high and a bit too hard for Johnson to corral it. It is unlikely he would have made it into the end zone even if the pass was catchable as there were defenders closing in on him as soon as the ball got there. At the end of the second quarter, Johnson took a delayed handoff for a 13-yard gain. Despite the slow game, Johnson's rest of the season outlook looks bright as the new coaching staff has been using him more than the previous one was.
2018 Week 13 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Johnson surprisingly only saw two touches despite the Browns trailing for the entire game. One would expect negative game script would be a recipe for success for Johnson but he simply wasn't a big part of the game plan. His first target came down the right sideline. Baker Mayfield misfired on the throw, but Johnson had stepped out of bounds before the pass came, which would have nullified the catch had he been able to make it. In the third quarter, Johnson appeared to have a 22-yard reception but that play came back thanks to an offensive holding penalty. He finished his day with a short, five-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Johnson had been showing signs of life when the new coaching staff took over in Cleveland but this is two straight weeks where he was an afterthought in the offense.
2018 Week 14 vs CAR (2 / -6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw just two carries and surprisingly wasn't targeted in the passing game. Meanwhile, upstart rookie Nick Chubb saw a team-leading six targets. It is safe to say that Chubb's skill in the passing game has marginalized Johnson to the point where he isn't even being used much as a pass-catcher. Johnson was in the backfield on Jarvis Landry's three-yard touchdown run in the first quarter but operated as a decoy. His first run went for no gain and he lost six yards on his only other carry.
2018 Week 15 vs DEN (4 / 28 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw his most extensive workload in a few games, totaling eight touches in the game. The Browns coaching staff seemed more inclined towards using Johnson than they had been in previous weeks. Johnson's first chance resulted in an incomplete pass. It wasn't a great throw from Baker Mayfield as it was off-target, but Johnson did get hands on it. At the beginning of the second quarter, Johnson ripped off a 15-yard run up the middle. Most of his receptions came on short passes near the line of scrimmage, with his longest catch going for 10 yards. Johnson saw one red zone carry, which resulted in an eight-yard run, bringing the Browns down to Denver's eight-yard line. While this game was much better than his past few weeks, Johnson's weekly usage is likely to remain inconsistent.
2018 Week 16 vs CIN (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)
Johnson has seen more work of late, pulling in 11 receptions over the past two games. His first touch was a 21-yard reception on a short toss from Baker Mayfield. He broke several tackles on the play. He also added a four-yard reception on that same drive. In the fourth quarter, Johnson was the recipient of one of Mayfield's best throws, a 16-yard back-shoulder completion down the right sideline. Johnson's usage in the Cleveland offense has been hard to predict on a weekly basis but it appears they are trying to get him more involved in the game plan over the past two games.
2018 Week 17 vs BAL (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Johnson was busy at the beginning of the game, seeing a good deal of work in the first half. On the second drive of the game, he had a four-yard carry and then an incomplete target which was way over his head. He followed that up with a 12-yard gain which was ruled a no-play on a 12-men on the field penalty by the Ravens. In the fourth quarter, Johnson got a red zone carry at the Baltimore 13-yard line. He took the ball seven yards down to the six-yard line. Johnson was one of the team's offensive stars in 2017 but an improved offense in 2018 turned him into more of a role player.
2017 Week 1 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
The Browns talked about using Johnson in the slot and as a receiver more this season and they did just that on Sunday. Johnson didn't receive a carry, although he did see five targets in the passing game. He got free against the Pittsburgh defense twice, but was overthrown by DeShone Kizer on both instances. He could have had a big game had Kizer been able to find him on at least one of those. He did limp off the field at one point in the third quarter, but returned soon after.
2017 Week 2 vs BAL (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 59 / 0 rec)
Johnson received four carries after not seeing any during Week 1. He looked good on his first touch of the game, a screen pass, in which he slipped several tackles en route to a 19-yard pickup. He did have a ball go off his hands and right into a Baltimore defender's for an interception in the first quarter. Johnson made an impressive one-handed catch in the third quarter in which he was falling backward and had to switch direction for a 34-yard gain. In the fourth quarter, Johnson almost scored a touchdown. He took a delayed handoff at Baltimore's 19 yard line and the ball appeared to cross the goal line but he was ruled out at the three-yard line.
2017 Week 3 vs IND (2 / 23 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)
Johnson was the Browns' best offensive player in Week 3 against the Colts. He continually ripped off big gains for his team, breaking tackles and eluding defenders for extra yardage. He had a great 19-yard touchdown run in the second quarter in which he broke two tackles before diving for the left pylon for the score. Later in the second quarter Johnson broke a few more tackles en route to an eight-yard reception. He limped off the field after the play but returned after halftime. It appeared he may have had his ankle or foot bent awkwardly during the tackle. Johnson significantly out-snapped Isaiah Crowell in the second half and was one of the main reasons the Browns were able to move the ball better after halftime. In the fourth quarter Johnson checked out of the game again after a 16-yard catch. Johnson certainly made his case to see more touches going forward, although the coaching staff has appeared hesitant to make that happen thus far.
2017 Week 4 vs CIN (4 / 13 / 1 rush, 10 / 9 / 47 / 0 rec)
Johnson was the Browns' best offensive player yet again and was one of the few bright spots for the team. Johnson did plenty of damage against the Bengals, although a lot of it came during garbage time. He caught three passes on the team's final drive of the first half with the Bengals sitting in prevent defense. Johnson's one-yard touchdown run came on the final drive of the game when things were already out of hand. He got two shots at the score, getting stuffed for no gain on the first carry before reaching the end zone two plays later. With the Browns playing from behind with regularity, Johnson has clearly become the better fantasy option over Isaiah Crowell.
2017 Week 5 vs NYJ (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 63 / 1 rec)
Johnson scored in his third straight game, this time on an impressive 41-yard catch-and run on the team's final offensive play of the game. He caught the ball near the line of scrimmage and was able to weave his way through New York's defense before breaking a few tackles near the end zone. Even with the score, Johnson could have had a bigger game on Sunday. He had a 20-yard reception nullified by an offensive holding penalty. He also badly burned the linebacker covering him in the second quarter but quarterback DeShone Kizer overthrew him. Johnson could have had a touchdown on the play had Kizer thrown the ball on target. Johnson continues to be the team's best offensive player when he gets the ball. The Browns coaches have been hesitant to give him a full workload, however, perhaps in attempts to keep him healthy.
2017 Week 6 vs HOU (5 / 40 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / -1 / 0 rec)
For the first time in several weeks, Johnson failed to make much of an impact on offense for the Browns. He saw just six touches, with three of his carries coming on consecutive plays in the second quarter when starter Isaiah Crowell needed a breather. He did appear to have a step on Texans rookie linebacker Dylan Cole in the second quarter but Kevin Hogan floated the pass and Cole was able to intercept the underthrown ball. Johnson also drew a pass interference penalty on a short crossing route in the second quarter. He notched two solid runs in the second half, ripping off gains of 15 and 14 yards. With the Browns unlikely to be very competitive in many of the remaining games, Johnson remains the better running back play in Cleveland's backfield as he should see plenty of time on the field with his team in catch-up mode.
2017 Week 7 vs TEN (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)
Johnson almost single-handedly willed the Browns into overtime against the Titans in Week 7. The third-year back was once again Cleveland's top offensive threat. He showed nice burst when he got the ball and continued to break tackles at a high rate. He did have a rare drop on a short route to the left during the second quarter and later had a 10-yard catch nullified by an offensive pass interference call. Late in the fourth quarter, Johnson had a huge 14-yard catch on fourth-and-seven to help put the Browns in position to kick the game-tying field goal to send the game into overtime.
2017 Week 8 vs MIN (6 / 33 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 10 / 0 rec)
Johnson struggled to find much room to operate against a tough Vikings defense. While he saw 10 touches, Johnson was only able to muster 43 all-purpose yards. Many times the swarming Vikings defense was ready to bring him down as soon as he got the ball. His first touch of the game appeared to be a catch but it was later ruled a lateral, resulting in a seven-yard rush. Perhaps Johnson's biggest contribution was drawing a 15-yard facemask penalty following a short catch in the third quarter. Johnson left the game during the fourth quarter after suffering a head injury. He did not return to action but he later cleared the league's concussion protocol.
2017 Week 10 vs DET (10 / 54 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 34 / 0 rec)
Johnson set season highs in carries (10) and total touches (16) against the Lions on Sunday. When he got the ball, he was his typical slippery self as he managed to elude tackles throughout the afternoon. Johnson continues to serve as one of the better pass-catching running backs in the league. It was only one week but if the coaching staff starts to commit to getting him the ball like they did against Detroit, he could emerge as a major offensive factor down the stretch.
2017 Week 11 vs JAX (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 56 / 1 rec)
Johnson was one of the few bright spots for a Browns offense that simply couldn't get much going against an exceptional Jacksonville defense. While he was hardly used in the running game, Johnson made his mark in the Cleveland passing attack. His 27-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was Cleveland's only score of the game. On the play, he motioned out of the backfield over to the slot. He caught a perfectly-thrown pass near the end zone and was able to squeeze between two defenders for the score. Later, in the fourth quarter, Johnson tacked on a 21-yard reception. The play would have gone for little to no gain but Johnson was able to juke the first defender for an evaded tackle before racing down the sideline for a big gain.
2017 Week 12 vs CIN (6 / 35 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
In the week leading up to this game, Johnson's running back coach told the media that he wanted to get the ball into Johnson's hands more often. That didn't come to fruition as Johnson's usage was about on par with what it has been throughout the season. The third-year back finished the game with 10 touches. He reversed field on his first carry, switching from right to left to pick up 12 yards. Johnson lagged behind fellow running back Isaiah Crowell in red zone opportunities, seeing just one to Crowell's five. In his lone red zone touch, Johnson caught a six-yard pass at the Cincinnati 15-yard line.
2017 Week 13 vs LAC (7 / 2 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Johnson turned in his slowest game of the season, totaling just 12 yards on nine touches. He simply couldn't find much space to operate, with the Chargers often bringing him down at or around the line of scrimmage. He was stuffed for negative yardage at least twice, including once on 4th-and-1. Johnson did see a fourth quarter red zone carry but it was nullified by an offensive holding call against Corey Coleman. Better days are ahead for Johnson but it is concerning that he may become more marginalized on offense with Josh Gordon back.
2017 Week 14 vs GB (6 / 8 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec)
For the second straight week, Johnson struggled to get anything going on the ground. He was routinely brought down at or around the line of scrimmage on his runs. Fortunately, he was able to do plenty of damage in the passing game. He scored a touchdown on a seven-yard shovel pass from DeShone Kizer in the second quarter. It was a well-designed play as Kizer faked the handoff to Isaiah Crowell before flipping the ball to Johnson, who had little trouble reaching the end zone. Later in the second quarter, Johnson got matched up with a linebacker on a pass route in a mismatch. He made the short catch and easily gained 18 yards. In the third quarter, he came close to picking up a second touchdown. He took a red zone carry at the Green Bay six, picking up four yards. An ankle tackle from behind appeared to have prevented him from reaching the end zone on that play.
2017 Week 15 vs BAL (7 / 23 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)
Johnson scored the Browns' lone touchdown on the afternoon. It came on a nice 12-yard run where he bounced the play outside to the left and sprinted to the end zone untouched. He did lose a fumble at the end of a nine-yard reception in the second quarter. He took a big, clean hit from linebacker C.J. Mosley that popped the ball loose. Credit goes to Mosley for causing the turnover. Johnson turned in an impressive catch in the fourth quarter on a low-thrown ball by DeShone Kizer. Johnson was able to grab the pass just before it hit the turf and turned it into a 15-yard reception. Baltimore challenged the ruling but the catch was upheld after replay.
2017 Week 16 vs CHI (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 81 / 0 rec)
Johnson was the Browns' top offensive player against the Bears as he led his team in receiving. Almost all of his work in the passing game came on short dump offs on a day where the snowy, windy Chicago weather made passing downfield difficult. Most of his work in the first half went for short gains but Johnson did rip off a 29-yard gain in the third quarter. He caught a short pass and evaded the defender who was waiting to make the tackle around the line of scrimmage. Johnson only saw four carries in the running game and had a 10-yard rush nullified by a holding penalty in the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 17 vs PIT (6 / 20 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)
Johnson was electric with the ball, as usual, and was the team's best offensive player against the Steelers. He routinely broke tackles and gained extra yards after the catch. Johnson picked up a two-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter. He was barely touched on an easy burst into the end zone. Johnson did most of his damage in the passing game, turning several short screens and dump offs into big gains. His biggest gain was a 30-yard reception, although he lost a fumble at the end of that play. Give credit to Pittsburgh defender William Gay who punched the ball out of Johnson's grasp on the play for the takeaway. It was Johnson's second lost fumble in the past three games, although the Browns continued calling his number after the giveaway.
2016 Week 1 vs PHI (3 / 22 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw just three carries, picking up 22 yards. Two of those carries came on draws on third-and-long. At least for this game, the Browns didn't utilize Johnson much in the running game. He did his typical solid work in the passing game, picking up a couple big first downs for the Browns. He also saw a red zone target in which he drew a pass interference penalty which led to the Isaiah Crowell one-yard touchdown run.
2016 Week 2 vs BAL (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Johnson was used sparingly for a second straight game as he saw just seven touches, with two of his four catches coming on the Browns' final drive of the game while the Ravens were giving Cleveland the underneath routes. Johnson's first catch came with him split out wide. It wasn't an easy one as Johnson was closely covered by Jimmy Smith, but Johnson was able to outmuscle Smith for the ball.
2016 Week 3 vs MIA (10 / 69 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 12 / 0 rec)
After two straight weeks of light usage, it was evident that the Browns coaches wanted to get Johnson involved early. Johnson finished the game with 15 touches, eclipsing his previous two games combined. As usual, Johnson showed a blend of elusiveness and power, juking a defender on a second quarter carry before spinning to pick up extra yards. He saw a rare red zone carry in the third quarter from Miami's 17, but only picked up two yards. Perhaps his best play came in the fourth quarter where he showed great fight to pick up a first down on third-and-one on a reception.
2016 Week 4 vs WAS (8 / 45 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)
Johnson had an interesting game. The second-year back ran well and was active in the passing game, even though two of his catches came on the team's final drive with Washington in prevent defense. Johnson's first touch of the game came with him taking a wild cat snap on a play that went nowhere. He saw a red zone target in the second quarter after lining up split out wide, but he was unable to corral the target after getting hit hard by a defender. He was removed from the game in the third quarter to be checked for a concussion, but he passed all tests and was able to return to the action. With around nine minutes left in the game, Johnson fumbled and the ball was awarded to Washington. It was a strange play as Johnson stood up holding the ball in the air after the play, but the officials insisted it was Washington's football. Johnson and some other Browns players were still angry about the call after the game.
2016 Week 5 vs NE (4 / 1 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Johnson had a game to forget, getting nothing done on the ground and barely making an impact through the air. The Patriots were clearly loading up to stop the Browns' ground game and it left very little room for Johnson to operate. His only two catches came at the end of the second quarter, with his 15-yard gain coming with just 12 seconds left in the half and the Patriots in prevent mode. Johnson had a pass go off his gloves and into a defender's hands for an interception in the third quarter. The pass was slightly behind him, but the ball appeared catchable.
2016 Week 6 vs TEN (4 / 18 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
Johnson bounced back from a slow game in Week 5, scoring his first touchdown of the season on a one-yard goal line plunge at the end of the game. He also drew a long pass interference penalty in the first quarter on a play that saw him lined up out wide. He had a step on Jason McCourty and the cornerback bodied him as the pass was in the air. The pass was well-throw and Johnson likely would have hauled it in for at least a 31-yard pickup had he not been interfered with.
2016 Week 7 vs CIN (6 / 15 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Johnson couldn't get much going against the Bengals. His longest rush went for five yards. He did see one red zone carry on a third-and-two from Cincinnati's six yard line, but was unable to pick up the first down, gaining just one yard. He did make an excellent one-handed grab in the first quarter which he took for 13 yards and a first down, juking a few defenders on the way.
2016 Week 8 vs NYJ (4 / 29 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 87 / 0 rec)
Johnson turned in a fine performance, breaking several tackles and looking especially elusive in the open field. He looked like he was going down for a loss on his first catch of the afternoon, but he stiff-armed the defender and broke free to turn a loss into a two-yard gain. Johnson really shined toward the end of the first half. He had a 32-yard reception followed by a solid run on a draw play to set the Browns up for a field goal. In the fourth quarter he put a fantastic juke on a defender to pick up a first down on 3rd-and-10. It appeared having Josh McCown back was beneficial to Johnson as he was more involved in the passing game than he had been as of late, tying season highs in targets and receptions.
2016 Week 9 vs DAL (5 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
In a rare turn of events, Johnson was more productive on the ground than in the air against Dallas. He only caught two passes in the game, but he did run well. His best run came on a play designed to go to the left, but Johnson took advantage of an over-pursuing Dallas defense and cut back to the right for an eight-yard pickup. Johnson only saw one touch in the second half as the whole offense bogged down.
2016 Week 10 vs BAL (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Johnson didn't see a touch until the third quarter with most of his work coming on the Browns' fourth drive in the second half. He did most of his damage in the passing game on simple screens out of the backfield. His best play came on a screen to the left where he broke three tackles on his way to a 15-yard pickup.
2016 Week 11 vs PIT (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
Johnson didn't see his first touch until the second quarter when he took a carry and slashed through the right side of the line for a 12-yard gain. He did most of his damage through the air on the first drive of the third quarter. He hauled in two consecutive passes with the second one going for a 20-yard pickup. Johnson did have a fumble in the fourth quarter, but it was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty.
2016 Week 12 vs NYG (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
In a rare chance for Johnson, he attempted a pass in this game on a flea flicker. He targeted Terrelle Pryor deep down the right sideline, but overthrew Pryor by at least ten yards. Johnson saw several touches in the red zone, including a catch and two rare carries inside New York's 20-yard line. He was unable to score on any of the touches, but the usage was encouraging.
2016 Week 14 vs CIN (4 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Johnson, in what has become a trend this season, was lightly used. The second-year back did make the most of his touches, however. He actually saw the first carry of the game, picking up two yards. Later on the same drive he had an eight-yard run nullified by a holding penalty. Johnson was then quiet until he ripped off a 21-yard reception in the third quarter. On the reception, Johnson had a great cut back which allowed him to get around Karlos Dansby and pick up additional yardage. In the fourth quarter, Johnson had a 22-yard run. He broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and then got some great downfield blocking. Johnson finished his day with a drop on the team's final drive of the game.
2016 Week 15 vs BUF (5 / 31 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Johnson outplayed his backfield mate Isaiah Crowell in this game. He finished as the Browns' leading receiver in the game and was one of the team's top options when it came to moving the ball. Johnson's first catch of the game came on the team's second drive. He lined up on the right as a wide receiver and took a short pass for a first down. He later saw a red zone carry on the same drive, getting the handoff on 2nd-and-3 from the Buffalo ten-yard line. He was held out of the end zone on the play, but he picked up the first down, bringing the ball down to the five-yard line. He had a chance at a long reception in the second quarter as he had a step on his defender. Robert Griffin III recognized this and lobbed a pass toward Johnson, but it was broken up at the last second. Johnson thought he was interfered with on the pass, but no penalty flags were thrown. The play would have gone for a long gain if Johnson had been able to make the catch. Johnson's final stat line was padded by two catches in hurry-up mode at the end of the first half and two catches on the team's final drive where the Bills were conceding underneath passes.
2016 Week 16 vs SD (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw the Browns' first red zone touch, picking up three yards from San Diego's 18. In the second quarter he picked up 17 yards after an electric catch-and-run. He made a jump cut almost instantly after making the catch, avoiding two Chargers defenders to tack on some extra yardage. In the third quarter, Johnson had a 22-yard rush which brought the Browns down to San Diego's eight yard line. In the fourth quarter, Johnson appeared to injure his ankle following a run. He was on the ground for a minute or so before later being seen having his left ankle tended to on the sideline. He was able to return to action on the ensuing drive.
2016 Week 17 vs PIT (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson came into this game dealing with an ankle injury that he suffered in Week 16 against the Chargers. As a result, he saw just one carry for four yards and was not heard from again.
2015 Week 1 vs NYJ (7 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
uke Johnson's first carry showed some of the quickness and elusiveness that made him a third round draft choice this spring. He had a nice jump-cut and picked up six yards. Similar to Crowell, Johnson struggled to find much room to run against a stout Jets run defense for most of the game. He had a chance at a nice gain in the second quarter as there was a lane to run in, but a missed block downfield by John Greco turned it into a just a four-yard gain. It appears that Johnson and Crowell will share the field at times as the Browns split Johnson out wide on a few plays and also put him in motion out of the backfield. One of such plays came from New York's five-yard line, showing that Johnson will be part of some red zone packages as a receiver. Johnson didn't end up producing anything from those plays, but the usage was encouraging.
2015 Week 2 vs TEN (12 / 43 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Johnson showed nice vision on his first carry, letting his fullback's lead block develop before bouncing the run outside to pick up four yards. On the play he showed how elusive a runner he can be by making a quick cut back inside, breaking a tackle by Perrish Cox. He had a nice carry in the second quarter where he burst through a big hole for a 20-yard pickup. For a running back who is not very big, Johnson breaks a lot of tackles, often escaping the grasp of the first defender who makes contact with him. Johnson is supposed to be the passing down back, but the Browns have not been utilizing their running backs much in the passing game over the first two games. If this trend continues, downgrade Johnson's fantasy stock slightly. Johnson and Crowell are splitting work relatively evenly, with Johnson handling 12 carries to Crowell's 15 in this game.
2015 Week 3 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 32 / 0 rec)
Johnson had less success running the ball than Crowell. He was, however, finally utilized in the pass game, making a catch on the team's first drive of the game on a screen. His blocking downfield didn't materialize, but it is encouraging for his prospects that he is getting involved through the air. Johnson tried to bounce his second-to-last carry of the game outside, but the right side of the line didn't hold their blocks and he was dropped for a six-yard loss. His longest carry of the game went for six yards and came on a draw with less than ten seconds left in the first half. He didn't see a carry in the second half, but was heavily involved in the passing game. He made five of his six catches in the second half, with McCown continually looking to him as a safety valve.
2015 Week 4 vs SD (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 85 / 1 rec)
Johnson took a big step forward for the Browns in this game. He played like the game changer that the team is sorely lacking on offense. He received the second carry of the game and broke a tackle, turning what should have been a loss into a three-yard gain. Johnson has looked good running behind Cleveland's offensive line, partially because he is more elusive than Crowell. On several occasions on Sunday he was able to make the first defender miss, picking up extra yards in the process. Continuing a trend from last week, Johnson was heavily involved in the team's passing game. He split out wide on a few occasions and did a lot of damage leaking out of the backfield, turning short receptions into solid gains by picking up yards after the catch. Johnson scored the team's first touchdown of the game on a 34-yard reception from Josh McCown. He was split out wide on the left side of the field and was matched up one-on-one with a linebacker. He blew past his defender and made the catch over his shoulder for his first career touchdown. He did leave the field briefly in the third quarter when his foot got caught under Josh McCown after a sack. He didn't miss much time as he had his ankle rewrapped and was back on the field shortly. Johnson got a goal line carry in the fourth quarter on first-and-goal from the one yard line. He was stopped on the line of scrimmage, but the red zone usage is encouraging as Isaiah Crowell had dominated the team's red zone carries through the first three games of the year.
2015 Week 5 vs BAL (9 / 22 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
Johnson got the start in the game, leaking out of the backfield and catching a pass for a one-yard loss on his first touch. His second catch went for a 27-yard gain where he was matched up against C.J. Mosley. He caught a pass just beyond the line of scrimmage and sprinted down the right sideline. One thing that is so encouraging about Johnson's fantasy prospects is the fact the Browns are scheming to get him into favorable matchups against linebackers in the passing game. His impact hasn't really been seen in the running game, but he showed nice vision and elusiveness when his number was called. Johnson did leave the game briefly in the third quarter after a catch with what looked like a leg injury. The injury must have been minor as he was not on the sideline for long. Johnson would have had around 15 more receiving yards, but he just barely stepped out of bounds on a catch-and-run in the third quarter. On the team's red zone trip at the end of the third quarter, Johnson was much more involved than Crowell. He saw a red zone target in the flat, but wasn't quite ready for the pass. The team clearly trusts Johnson as he was on the field for most of the overtime period. He saw four carries to Crowell's two in the overtime frame.
2015 Week 6 vs DEN (9 / 38 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Johnson started the game hot, making three catches in the first half, but he slowed down in the second half as he was held without a catch. It was apparent that the Broncos were paying extra attention to him coming out of the backfield as a linebacker was often shadowing him before he even got to the line of scrimmage on his routes. Johnson ran hard and constantly fought for extra yardage, stiff-arming tacklers and displaying grittiness. It is possible Johnson could have had a fourth catch in the second quarter as safety T.J. Ward appeared to hold his arm down on a pass that went over his head. Johnson came up injured at the end of a fourth quarter run. It originally looked like an arm injury, but it turned out he was checked for a concussion. He was cleared to return shortly thereafter, but he didn't play another snap in the game. Robert Turbin's presence shouldn't affect Johnson as he's the clear passing down back and that shouldn't change
2015 Week 7 vs LA (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec)
Johnson, like all Browns runners, struggled on the ground, but he had another productive day through the air for the Browns. He showed his usually slipperiness after the catch, darting and jump-cutting away from and between defenders. His first catch came after McCown faked a handoff to him coming out of the backfield. He took the pass up the right side of the field, shaking a tackle in the process, and ended up gaining 21 yards. Johnson did see a pass come his way in the flat while the Browns were in the red zone, but he was met by a defender quickly and he lost two yards. Johnson's best run came on a draw play on third-and-18, but the defense was not keyed on the run on the play. He made several catches for the Browns in the fourth quarter and his involvement in the passing game will continue to give him a high weekly floor as a flex option in PPR leagues.
2015 Week 8 vs ARI (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 68 / 0 rec)
Johnson was criminally underused in this game, seeing only three touches. He still finished as the team's leading receiver on just two catches. His day started off on a promising note as he took a short pass and was simply electric afterwards, stiff-arming the first would-be tackler and breaking another tackle on his way to a 52-yard gain. Johnson had motioned out of the backfield into the slot, getting a matchup against a linebacker. He continues to show that linebackers cannot stay with him in coverage. It is unclear why he wasn't used more in this game. Johnson's second catch of the game also came on a short screen where he broke two tackles on the way to a 16-yard pickup. Johnson's pass catching skills keep him in the fantasy conversation as a serviceable RB2/3. Hopefully the Browns will start to utilize him more, especially after uninspiring performances from Crowell and Turbin.
2015 Week 9 vs CIN (3 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 38 / 1 rec)
Johnson played his regular role as the team's passing back and again was one of the offense's most dynamic players. He was used all over the formation in the game, lining up out wide and going in motion out of the backfield pre-snap as well. He saw just three carries in the game. One of those carries was the team's first red zone carry of the game, but it lost five yards. The offensive line was unable to hold their blocks on the play and two Bengals were waiting for him right after he received the handoff. Johnson was a key cog during the team's 93-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter. He made a 26-yard reception where he lined up out wide and was left wide open on a dig route. Later on the same drive, he saw a red zone carry from Cincinnati's 12, but it went for no gain. He then made his second touchdown catch of the season, pulling in a 12-yard pass on the right side of the end zone. It was a great catch as the throw was off-target and he had to reach behind himself to pull it in.
2015 Week 10 vs PIT (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Johnson continued to show what a great receiver he is. He is sure-handed and elusive after the catch, but he just doesn't see a large enough workload to be a consistent fantasy factor. Johnson's first touch came in the passing game on a screen. Johnson had lined up out wide on the play, but was unable to do much, picking up just one yard. On the next play he had the team's best rush of the day, a nine yard pickup that went to the left. His line opened up a huge hole for him on the play.
2015 Week 12 vs BAL (7 / 27 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 23 / 0 rec)
Johnson had the first two carries of the game, which went for a combined seven yards. He continues to be more productive than Isaiah Crowell in the ground game, but it appears the team is intent on sharing the rushing load between them. He did have a nice seven-yard run that would have gone for a first down that came back due to a holding penalty downfield. On the play he eluded a few tackles and showed some speed while bouncing the run outside. He lined up out wide on several snaps in the game as the team was trying to get him matched up with a linebacker. He was used in a similar way the first time these two teams faced off. When lined up wide, he beat C.J. Mosley on a slant route and also later caught a screen in a similar fashion. He had several red zone opportunities in the game, but was ultimately unable to score. He had a couple red zone carries which went for first downs and also saw a target around Baltimore's one-yard line that could have gone for a touchdown, but the defender hit him right before the ball got there. It appeared to be a pass interference penalty, but no flags came out.
2015 Week 13 vs CIN (5 / 2 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Johnson struggled to find much room to operate in this game as it appeared the Bengals were keyed on stopping him when he was on the field. His first carry went for a loss of two yards. Many of his plays came with him operating as a safety value on screens and short catches to recover yardage. He had a handoff that was close to being a big pickup at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but was ankle tackled by a Cincinnati defender right before he could break free.
2015 Week 14 vs SF (13 / 78 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Johnson was surprisingly not utilized much in the passing game, catching just one pass for six yards. His involvement in the passing game boiled down to that one catch in the red zone on a screen play and a pass interference call on short screen that he would have caught. Johnson did rush for a career-high 73 yards in the game. He showed his speed and elusiveness on his second carry as he turned what looked like a lost play into a seven-yard gain by reversing course and outrunning several defenders. Johnson's biggest pickup of the game came on a run where he had an excellent backside cutback towards his left and raced forward for a 19-yard gain. He showed great vision in finding the opening in the line on the run. He saw the team's first red zone carry from the 15-yard line, picking up four yards. Overall, Johnson was overshadowed by Isaiah Crowell's two touchdowns, but he also ran well.
2015 Week 15 vs SEA (4 / 46 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Johnson was effective in his limited touches, ouches. He started the game and saw the first few running back touches of the contest. He showed his elusiveness on a 22-yard catch in the second quarter, leaping over a tackler and spinning away from another before being brought down. Johnson had one of the team's best plays of the game in the fourth quarter. He took an inside handoff and shot into the second level before finally being pushed out of bounds at Seattle's 15-yard line. The rush went for 39 yards. Johnson can be a productive player for this offense, but they continue to limit his touches, which limits his upside.
2015 Week 16 vs KC (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Johnson took a backseat to Crowell in this game as he saw just 11 touches to Crowell's 16. He was unable to get much going through the air, picking up just 15 yards on three catches. The Kansas City defenders were ready for him and swarmed him as soon as he touched the ball on his catches. His best play of the game came on the team's lone touchdown drive. On third-and-six he rushed for eight yards to keep the chains moving, fighting for extra yards. He came close to breaking a long run in the fourth quarter but an ankle tackle held him to a nine-yard gain.
2015 Week 17 vs PIT (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Johnson ran hard and fought for extra yardage all game, breaking several tackles along the way. The rookie showed a lot of heart. Like usual, his biggest contributions came through the air as he did little on the ground. Johnson's first catch came in the second quarter on a swing pass. The sure-handed receiving back did have a rare drop on a red zone target at the end of the first half. He put on a tackle-breaking clinic in the middle of the game. He broke at least two tackles on a 20-yard catch at the end of the second quarter, stiff-arming his way to midfield and followed that up in the third quarter by breaking a two more tackles for a first down pickup on a third-and-two.