The Facts: Bill O'Brien's stunning decision to trade DeAndre Hopkins also brought in David Johnson, and so far, the coach and general manager is pleased with his return. O'Brien told reporters Thursday Johnson has been "impressive, smart and in really good shape."
Diehards Line:That's a good start for a running back who is pursuing a redemption tale, but Johnson is going to need more than intelligence to prove the Texans didn't lose the trade by a wide margin. He'll have another Johnson -- Duke Johnson -- in his backfield to help him carry the load as the two attempt to form a backfield capable of taking some responsibility off the shoulders of quarterback Deshaun Watson. Johnson said Thursday he's encouraged by the challenge because of whom he's running alongside. "We're going to be a lethal threat, not just with running, but with catching the football," Johnson said of he and Duke Johnson's potential as a tandem. O'Brien believes their skill sets can coexist on the field at the same time, and his staff has spent plenty of offseason time devising different packages to do just that, per Texans TV host Drew Dougherty. ... Stay tuned. We'll be watching for more.