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28 Dennis Johnson RB
Height/Weight: 5-7/193 | Birthdate: 2/24/1990 | Birthplace: North Little Rock, AR, USA | Team: Houston | College: Arkansas | NFL Experience: 2 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/1632292.png | Owned/Started%: 28/7 | Average Draft Position: 176.00

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Texans cut Tim Cornett, Dennis Johnson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) The Texans cut running backs Tim Cornett and Dennis Johnson on Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle. Johnson rushed for 183 yards in eight games for Houston last season.

Hip injury sidelines Dennis Johnson for finale


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Texans running back Dennis Johnson is inactive for Week 17 against the Titans, as expected. Johnson was considered questionable coming into the game with a hip injury, after being unable to practice throughout the week. 

Four Texans threatened with inactive tag for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The Texans have placed 17 on their Friday injury report as they prepare to play Sunday at Tennessee. But only four have been tagged as anything but probable. They are wide receiver DeVier Posey (ankle), who has been ruled out, and running back Dennis Johnson (hip), quarterback Case Keenum (thumb) and linebcker Joe Mays (knee).

Texans dealing with injuries to top players


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2013) A toe injury will keep Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph from playing in the season finale at Tennessee. Running back Deji Karim (clavicle) will also be out while fellow back Dennis Johnson (hip) might miss the game as well.

Dennis Johnson has 30 total yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Texans running back Dennis Johnson had 12 carries for 29 yards in Sunday's 37-13 loss to the Broncos. He also caught two passes for one yard. 

Johnson had 10 carries at halftime, but yielded most of the carries to Deji Karim in the second half. Johnson may have been injured in the third quarter, but reporters didn't make any note of it during the game or immediately after. 

The Texans face the Titans in Week 17. With Karim limping off the field in the fourth quarter, it's unclear who will start for the Texans in their season finale. 


Dennis Johnson risky, but has upside


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/18/2013) Texans running back Dennis Johnson is expected to get most of the Week 16 carries against the Broncos, with Ben Tate heading to IR. Johnson broke out in Week 12 against the Jaguars, replacing an ineffective Tate and gaining 74 yards on 13 carries. 

This will be the first week Johnson gets a shot at being the starter. While he was disappointing after his big game, it was mainly due to his usage, not some lessening of skill. Week 16 should allow Johnson to carry the ball 15-20 times, against a Denver defense that has allowed 15 rushing touchdowns this season. Over the last four games, the Broncos have allowed two backs to run for 90 or more yards, while giving up six touchdowns to the position. The Broncos have also allowed an average of 37.3 receiving yards per game to opposing backs. 

Barring some crazy Edwin Baker-style surprise, Johnson should be the starter for the Texans this Sunday. And the matchup is good enough to give him consideration in some formats. But chasing after Johnson and plugging him in just because he's a starter could backfire, especially if the Texans are forced to pass a lot in a catch-up in-game strategy. 

Johnson is a nice add, if for no other reason than to block your opponent from grabbing him, but his matchup is risky enough to keep him on the bench in favor of better options. 


Dennis Johnson among fringe contributors


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) The Texans got small contributions from running back Dennis Johnson, running back Deji Karim and wide receiver Keshawn Martin in a blowout loss Week 15 at Indianapolis.

Johnson -- the most notable of the three -- spelled starter Ben Tate throughout the contest, finishing with four carries for 12 yards and one catch for 3. Karim came in later, when the outcome was already decided, finishing with four carries 21 yards.

Martin, who scored a touchdown on four catches last week, had one catch for 13 yards. He's up to 17 catches for the season.


Dennis Johnson barely sees the field in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2013) Texans backup running back Dennis Johnson was a nonfactor for the second week in a row Thursday, in a 27-20 loss to the Jaguars in Week 14. Johnson rushed the ball just three times for 10 yards, while adding a reception for 4 yards.

Johnson has totaled just 23 yards in two games since his breakout performance against the Jaguars in Week 12. The Texans' next game is set for Week 15 against the Colts.


Dennis Johnson an enigmatic backup


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/3/2013) Texans running back Dennis Johnson broke out in Week 12 against the Jaguars, carrying the ball 13 times, and gaining 74 yards, in relief of an ineffective Ben Tate. He followed that up with three carries for 13 yards last weekend against the Patriots.

Week 14 brings a rematch against the Jaguars, on Thursday night. And while it may seem like a slick move to consider Johnson for a matchup start, Ben Tate essentially re-asserted his role as lead back against the Pats in Week 13, scoring three touchdowns and running for 102 yards. As good as Johnson was against the Jags, Tate will likely be given the chance to succeed and erase the memories of Week 12.

If you want to base a gut call on Johnson's Week 12 game and start him in a deeper league, there's an argument to be made. But Johnson is a risky gamble who was used sparingly after a breakout game. He can be benched in most formats.

Dennis Johnson, Keshawn Martin make it onto stat sheet


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Texans running back Dennis Johnson and wide receiver Keshawn Martin had minor contributions during a 34-31 loss Week 13 vs. New England.

Johnson, who posted a career-high 74 rushing yards Week 12, finished with three carries for 13 yards Sunday. He added one catch for 11 yards.

Martin, who had a costly bobble that led to an interception Week 12, finished with one catch for 27 yards. He was targeted just once.

The Texans have a quick turnaround Week 14, playing at Jacksonville Thursday.


Dennis Johnson rushes for career-high 74 yards


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Texans backup running back Dennis Johnson rushed for a career-high and team-high 74 rushing yards on 13 carries during a 13-6 loss Week 12 vs. Jacksonville. Johnson outplayed starting running back Ben Tate, who managed just 1 rushing yard on seven carries.

Johnson had a productive first half, rushing for 50 yards on five carries, which included a 29-yard gain on his third carry. Johnson added two catches for 13 yards in the loss.

Johnson had 45 rushing yards on 14 carries in three games coming into Sunday's loss. The Texans are back in action Week 13 vs. New England.


Dennis Johnson ruins twice


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/17/2013) Texans running back Dennis Johnson gained two yards on two carries in Sunday's 28-23 loss to the Raiders. Johnson was not targeted in the passing game. 

The Texans face the Jaguars at home in Week 12. 


Dennis Johnson an excellent Ben Tate handcuff


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/15/2013) Owners of Ben Tate who are worried about the Texans running back aggravating his rib injury should probably be adding Dennis Johnson

The 23-year-old had seven yards on four carries in Week 10 against the Cardinals, and has a decent matchup against the Raiders in Week 11, but Johnson's value is probably capped at "handcuff" level. 

He's worth a bench spot, and should be kept out of starting lineups in all but the deepest leagues. 


Dennis Johnson sees backup work behind Ben Tate


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Texans running back Dennis Johnson was the team's primary backup rusher behind Ben Tate Week 10.

Johnson carried the ball four times for just 7 yards. He finished third on the team in rushing, behind Tate and Case Keenum. Johnson will take on the Raiders Week 11.


Dennis Johnson gets eight carries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2013) With Arian Foster leaving early with a back injury, Texans No. 3 running back Dennis Johnson played a key role Week 9 vs. the Colts. He acquitted himself well, running eight times for 36 yards, or 4.5 yards per carry.

Johnson was re-signed last week after the Texans cut him in the preseason. If Foster or Ben Tate (ribs) is unavailable Week 10 at Arizona, Johnson could see substantial carries again.


Texans coach 'very worried' about RB situation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday injured running backs Arian Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (ribs) did not practice Monday as the team is coming off a Week 8 bye. Kubiak added he's "very worried about the running back situation," which is why he said Dennis Johnson, Deji Karim and Ray Graham were all signed to the active roster.

Johnson, Karim and Graham all practiced Monday, while Foster and Tate sat out. Tate said he thinks he will be able to play Week 9 against the Colts, according to ESPN.


New Browns wideout Charles Johnson has torn ACL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2013) Wide receiver Charles Johnson did not even get to step on the field for the Browns before it was discovered he had a torn ACL. He will undergo surgery, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

The Browns had signed Johnson off the Green Bay practice squad on Saturday. Ironically, the team plays against the Packers on the road in Week 7.


Browns make practice squad moves Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) The Browns made a few practice squad moves Tuesday. They signed wide receiver Arceto Clark, re-signed running back Dennis Johnson and released wide receiver Jasper Collins.

Browns add Dennis Johnson to practice squad


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) The Browns signed running back Dennis Johnson to their practice squad after waiving him Saturday.

Browns cut recently signed Dennis Johnson


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) The Browns released running back Dennis Johnson Saturday, less than a week after claiming him off waivers. A corresponding move has yet to be announced. 

Browns release depth chart behind Trent Richardson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) The Browns released a new running back depth chart Tuesday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The team lists Bobby Rainey as the backup running back to starter Trent Richardson and Dennis Johnson as the third-string running back.

Browns release Brandon Jackson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Updating a previous item, the Browns cut running back Brandon Jackson while claiming a pair of running backs off waivers, Dennis Johnson and Bobby Rainey, according to the Akron Beacon Journal .


Browns add a pair of running backs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The Browns claimed running back Bobby Rainey off waivers from the Ravens, and running back Dennis Johnson off waivers from the Texans. They'll add depth in Cleveland's backfield behind Trent Richardson, Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbonnaya.

Texans make final roster moves before start of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) The Texans finalized their 53-man roster Saturday by placing receiver Alan Bonner (hamstring), tackle Brennan Williams (knee), and linebacker Trevardo Williams (knee) on injured reserve. Houston also released defensive lineman Daniel Muir, defensive tackle David Hunter and receiver Michael Smith with an injury settlement.

In addition, the Texans waived the following 18 players from the roster: defensive end Keith Browner, tight end Jake Byrne, cornerback Roc Carmichael, fullback Tyler Clutts, linebacker Cameron Collins, receiver Andy Cruse, offensive lineman Tyler Horn, defensive end Delano Johnson, running back Dennis Johnson, safety Orhian Johnson, defensive tackle Chris Jones, running back Deji Karim, offensive lineman Alex Kupper, cornerback Elbert Mack, tackle Nate Menkin, linebacker Mike Mohamed, receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu and safety Jawanza Starling.

Texans have battle for No. 3 RB job


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/13/2013)
Texans running back Cierre Wood appears to have moved ahead of Dennis Johnson in the battle for the No. 3 job behind Arian Foster and Ben Tate, reports Comcast Sports Net.
Johnson played a lot Friday in the preseason opener against the Vikings and "wasn't too impressive." The report said he came into the game the likely favorite to win the third-string job, but Wood made up a ton of ground and might have passed him.

"We could have gave (Johnson) a little more space to do something," coach Gary Kubiak said. "The biggest thing in this league is never have negative plays. You’re always coaching your backs, you get the ball downhill. He had a couple plays where he got a little negative and a return at the end of the game where he's messing around a little bit back there. But he had a good outing. He did some good stuff picking up blitzes. He just didn't have the numbers that maybe the other kids had."