4. The running back duo is working
There was a nice 1-2 punch with the Houston Texans running backs in Week 2 as the duo of Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson combined for over 100 yards rushing against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hyde finished the game with 20 carries for 90 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Johnson had six carries for 31 yards, but he averaged 5.2 yards per carry.
In the passing game, Johnson only had one target, which needs to be fixed, as Hyde had no targets. The Texans need to add the wrinkle of having passing plays to the wide receivers in some way, because only targeting Johnson for one pass in a game is inexcusable.
Johnson has 239 career receptions, and even in Week 1 he had four receptions for 33 yards. To only be targeted once the following week, one of two things need to happen, and that is either Johnson getting open more or the Texans designing more plays around Johnson’s receiving abilities. He’s too talented to not have a single reception in any game this season.
Now for more of the positive, and that is Hyde is going to be the main running back with 30 carries through the first two games for a total of 170 yards, with a 5.8 yards per carry average. Johnson has 15 carries for 88 yards, plus the aforementioned receptions.
This duo should continue their strong play, and as they keep becoming more comfortable with the Texans’ offense, the better the overall play should be.