Wish granted: Duke Johnson traded to the Texans

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Duke Johnson has had his wish traded. He wanted to be traded away from the Cleveland Browns.

On Thursday, he was traded to the Houston Texans. The Browns received a conditional 2020 fourth-round draft pick.

Former Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson attempts to run past Kwon Alexander against the San Francisco 49ers
Duke Johnson attempts to run past Kwon Alexander against the San Francisco 49ers (Getty Images)

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the pick can turn into a third-round pick.

The 25-year-old Miami, Florida native was in a logjam with the Browns. Nick Chubb is expected to be the team’s starter with Kareem Hunt as the main backup. At this time, the team also has Dontrell Hilliard, D’Ernest Johnson, AJ Ouellette, Trayone Gray on its depth chart.

With the Texans, Johnson also joins a logjam with the Texans. Lamar Miller is the team’s starter, while Buddy Howell is the backup. Josh Ferguson, Taiwan Jones, Karan Higdon, Damarea Crockett, and Cullen Gillaspia are also on the roster at this time.

Johnson may be able to make the Texans, as the team trims down their roster for the start of the NFL season in Sept.

Johnson was the Browns third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons in Cleveland.

This past season, he appeared in 16 games, including two starts. He had 40 carries for 201 yards, while Johnson also had 47 receptions for 429 yards and three touchdowns.

He did not have more than 36 rushing yards in a game during the 2018 season. In this particular game, he had two carries for 36 yards in a 38-14 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 14.

His best receiving game of the season was when he had nine receptions for 78 yards in a 37-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 4.

In his playing career, he has appeared in 64 games, including 10 starts. He has 299 carries for 1,286 yards and five touchdowns. He also has 235 receptions for 2,170 yards and eight touchdowns.

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