3 Reasons why David Johnson will bounce back with Texans in 2020

David Johnson Arizona Cardinals (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 13: Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball against outside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell #59 of the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

3. Focus needs to be on him

The Houston Texans used to get their offense going by passing the football to DeAndre Hopkins in big moments, but since those days are in the rearview mirror, the offense needs to be focused on David Johnson and the rushing attack, as that can lead to him being the dual-threat player he was a couple seasons ago.

If Johnson can become a legitimate threat with his talent to run the football, that will open up his receiving chances too, and then the Texans offense can really reset and possibly take off. That said, it still comes down to how he runs with the football, and Johnson is on a path where he’s due to showcase his skills in a big way.

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Last season was a bust for Johnson as the Arizona Cardinals chose Kenyan Drake over him, and that’s OK, but now as a member of the Texans, Johnson has a real opportunity to be the best running back for the franchise since Arian Foster, as those are some large shoes to fill.

The Texans have had only two players rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season since Foster was an All-Pro, and though Lamar Miller and Carlos Hyde were very solid running backs and did their job well, none of them put fear in teams like Foster did.

Johnson can be the next Foster if he’s able to get back near to the form of 2016 where he was amazing in running, and catching, the football.

Making Johnson the focal point of the offense in 2020 is something Bill O’Brien and Tim Kelly must do to make the team a success.