With Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in the fold in the Cleveland Browns backfield, Duke Johnson become expendable and after months of trade rumors, the Browns finally found a trade partner for the 25-year-old running back. The team announced Thursday they have traded Johnson to the Houston Texans.
Duke Johnson Trade
Impact on Houston
In four seasons Johnson has run for 1,286 yards and five touchdowns. His amount of carries has been limited in his four seasons, but he’s averaging a solid 4.3 yards per carry in his career.
However, Johnson is also a very good receiver out of the backfield. In his four seasons, he has 2,170 receiving yards and has reached the endzone eight times, and has caught 77.6 percent of passes thrown his way.
Deshaun Watson can run the ball as well, which will cover some of the running production lost. With Johnson having the possibility of getting more carries, he could emerge as a legit threat on the ground.
Last season Lamar Miller led Houston in receiving yards as a running back with 163 yards. So with Johnson having a chance to show he’s a threat on the ground, he will bring a new dynamic to the offense as a receiver out of the backfield.
Impact on Cleveland
In this deal, the Browns are getting a conditional fourth-round pick, that could become a third-round pick. The Browns are doing a great job of stockpiling picks.
Cleveland owns all of its seven picks for the 2020 Draft. On top of that, they own Arizona’s sixth-round pick, and Buffalo’s seventh-round pick. When this draft pick is known, it could put them at ten picks in the 2020 draft.
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