Duke Johnson

Duke Johnson

30-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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$Released by the Bills in August of 2022.
Heads back to practice squad
RBFree Agent
November 14, 2022
Johnson reverted to Buffalo's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.
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Johnson was elevated to the active roster ahead of Sunday's Week 10 loss to Minnesota and logged five snaps on offense, finishing with two carries for four yards. While he trailed Devin Singletary (54), James Cook (13) and Nyheim Hines (six) among running back snaps, Johnson was very active on special teams, churning out 157 yards on seven kick returns. Buffalo has plenty of healthy ball carriers at its disposal, so Johnson's path back to the active roster is likely through his ability as a return man.
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Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
210 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
30.38 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Duke Johnson See More
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November 14, 2022
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Training Camp News and Notes: August 26
August 26, 2022
Dan Marcus recaps Friday's training camp news as Dameon Pierce looks to have taken the starting running back job in Houston.
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August 26, 2022
Sasha Yodashkin analyzes the Friday DraftKings preseason contest as Drew Lock could have a chance to lock up the starting QB job for the Seahawks.
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Down the stretch last season the Dolphins turned to Johnson as their lead running back and he delivered. In four games as the starter he carried 71 times for 330 yards and eclipsed 100 yards rushing in two of those contest. Oddly though, he only saw five targets in the passing game. Receptions out of the backfield have long been his calling card, with Johnson averaging 51 catches per season during his first six years in the league. In Buffalo, the 28-year-old figures to be lower in the pecking order but could carve out a role as a third-down back. UPDATE: Johnson was released by the Bills in August of 2022 and signed to the practice squad a day later.
It certainly wasn't the worst deal Bill O'Brien made, but trading a third-round pick in 2019 for a running back he didn't seem to want to use handily summed up his reign of error in Houston. Johnson established a reputation as a solid passing-down back in Cleveland, but in his first season with the Texans he showed flashes of being something more, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He had trouble staying healthy for the first time in his career in 2020, however, denying him a chance to really show what he could do in a lead role when David Johnson also broke down in the second half. Still only 27 years old, Duke was cut loose by the new regime in Houston this offseason, but despite his poor numbers amidst the chaos last year, he could latch on with a new club once he proves he's fully recovered from the neck injury that prematurely ended his 2020 campaign.
While Johnson set a career high for rushing yards in 2019, the breakout many anticipated once he was out of Cleveland never materialized. Heading into his sixth NFL season, however, he could be facing his best opportunity yet to prove he can handle being a lead back. At 5-10, 210, Johnson is a smaller back who runs with surprising power in addition to his top-shelf receiving skills and elusiveness in the open field. Johnson has averaged at least 4.9 yards per carry in three of the last four seasons, and his 2019 average of 2.8 yards after contact per carry put him in the company of players like Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs. But pass-catching remains his bread and butter, and Johnson's 44-410-3 line on 62 targets in his first season with Houston was actually the lowest output of his career. Carlos Hyde, last year's lead back, was not re-signed, instead replaced by David Johnson. And given the steep price coach Bill O'Brien paid to get him, the newer Johnson seems assured of a shot at the top spot in the backfield despite his mediocre recent numbers in Arizona. David has also missed 18 games in the last three seasons, while Duke has yet to miss a game in his career. If the new guy breaks down, Duke could finally get his chance to be the king.
After posting career highs as a receiver in 2017 and scoring seven total TDs (more than doubling his trips to the end zone from his first two seasons combined) Johnson was expected to see a significant role in the Browns backfield again last year, but instead, his touches declined across the board. Part of the problem was Nick Chubb's emergence after being drafted in the second round in 2018, but the rookie wasn't even a big factor in the passing game. The main issue was simply that the team's Baker Mayfield-led offense didn't settle for checkdowns as often as it had in the past under less aggressive QBs, and as a result, Johnson saw career lows in targets, catches and receiving yards. His per-target production remained steady, however, and he actually posted a career-high 5.0 YPC on his infrequent rushing attempts. On another team, he might have gotten a look in a lead role by now, as Johnson complements his receiving skills with both power and elusiveness as a runner. Johnson's request for a trade was granted in August, and initially, he was slated to work in a change-of-pace role behind Lamar Miller, an assignment that carries PPR utility. Additionally, with Miller having sustained a torn ACL late in August, Johnson figures to see added early-down touches for Houston, which results in a bump in fantasy value, but now that the team has added Carlos Hyde look for a time-share between the two to develop.
Johnson made a leap in 2017, setting career highs in targets, catches and receiving yards, while his seven touchdowns were more than double what he produced the prior two seasons combined. At 5-9, 210, Johnson is bigger than the typical third-down scatback, and his elusiveness and surprising power make him extremely difficult to bring down. He ranked fourth among running backs by generating nearly one missed tackle for every three touches, the second consecutive season in which he's been among the league leaders in that category. Despite Johnson's prowess with the ball in his hands, the limitations of his role in a bad Cleveland offense prevented him from rushing for more than 54 yards in any game last year, and that situation is not likely to change this season. The Browns signed Carlos Hyde as a free agent before nabbing Nick Chubb with the 35th overall pick in this year's draft, and those two should serve as the primary ballcarriers in an offense that at some point will be working in No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield at quarterback. Whichever back is in the lead role, Johnson's spot on passing downs is secure, but his path to a significant jump in touches is a narrow one.
Johnson's second NFL season was nearly identical to his first in terms of raw yardage, but there were some encouraging signs for his development. His yards per carry increased dramatically and his yards per reception also rose, despite dealing with erratic quarterback play that cost him a few catches. He showed his elite elusiveness and open-field ability by finishing second in the NFL in missed tackles forced per touch and fifth in yards after contact per touch. Johnson has good size at 5-9, 210, but he gets typecast as a passing-down back in Cleveland, despite turning six of his 73 carries last season into runs of 15 yards or more, the fifth-best rate in the league. Isaiah Crowell's strong campaign in 2016 has a lot to do with that, and it puts a firm limit on Johnson's ceiling if the current backfield arrangement holds. Fortunately for Johnson, passing downs should remain common for the Browns as they continue their rebuild and play from behind more often than not, so he could see enough touches in 2017 to approach 1,000 combined yards even at his current position on the depth chart.
The Browns didn’t use Johnson much during the first three weeks, easing the rookie into the NFL wars. But he got going in Week 4 at San Diego (116 total yards, TD catch) and was one of the league’s best pass-catching backs for the rest of the year. If you grade all the PPR backs over the final three months, Johnson checks out as the No. 18 option. Most of that was made through yardage, as he only scored two touchdowns. Johnson is a bit undersized and far from a complete player — that 3.8 YPC leaves you a little cold, and Cleveland only gave him about seven rushes per week. But his pass-catching skills will be portable to many different game situations, and we’re excited to see what new head coach Hue Johnson is able to cook up. While Johnson might not have a monstrous upside, the arrow is still pointing up here. And given the ordinary receivers currently on the Browns roster, Johnson has an excellent chance to lead the team in catches.
While first-round selections Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley dominated the running back talk heading into this year's draft, the next tier of backs wasn't too bad either, and third-round pick Johnson could end up being the best of the bunch. Drawing comparisons to Gio Bernard, Johnson runs with deceptive power for his 5-9 frame, but his true calling card is incredible elusiveness and explosiveness, as he's capable of turning even the smallest seam into a big gain. He's also a polished receiver with the potential to be a three-down back once he improves his blitz pickups. With Terrence West (last year's third-round pick) handling short-yardage situations, Johnson should duck some between-the-tackles punishment and hopefully avoid the injuries that checkered his college career. While second-year player Isaiah Crowell is also a threat to Johnson's playing time, it would be an upset if the rookie didn't emerge with a large role in the Cleveland backfield.
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Added to backfield mix
RBBuffalo Bills
November 12, 2022
Buffalo elevated Johnson from its practice squad to the active roster Saturday ahead of Sunday's game versus the Vikings, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Inks practice squad deal
RBFree Agent
August 31, 2022
The Bills signed Johnson to their practice squad Wednesday, Alec White of the team's official site reports.
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Let go by Bills
RBFree Agent
August 30, 2022
The Bills are releasing Johnson, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Gets work in preseason finale
RBBuffalo Bills
August 27, 2022
Johnson rushed six times for 20 yards and caught one of two targets for two yards during Buffalo's preseason loss to Carolina on Friday.
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Getting reps with receivers
RBBuffalo Bills
August 5, 2022
Johnson worked with the wide receivers in practice Thursday to improve his route running and footwork, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.
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