Despite the fact that Urban Meyer is preparing for his first regular-season game as a head coach, the Jacksonville Jaguars plan to add to their practice squad this week.
Former Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson will sign with the Jaguars practice squad on Monday, according to Adam Schefter. The 27-year-old paid the team a visit earlier this afternoon, and the two sides were able to reach an agreement.
Johnson last played for Houston in 2020, but the Texans terminated him following a dismal season. Despite making 11 appearances and five starts, the former third-round pick only received 105 touches for 484 yards from scrimmage and two total touchdowns. Johnson was left hunting for a new team when Houston revamped their backfield with an entirely new set of players.
Johnson started his career with the Cleveland Browns in 2015, and he quickly established himself as a competent third-down back with plenty of passing game potential. He had 50 or more catches for at least 500 yards in each of his first three seasons with the organization.
Johnson hasn’t been as prolific since then, but the Jaguars may be hoping he can give some much-needed depth.
Former Texans’ running back Duke Johnson is signing today with the Jaguars practice squad, per his agent @DrewJRosenhaus.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 6, 2021
Johnson could end up on the Jaguars’ practice squad, but he’ll be needed on the active roster soon enough. Jacksonville’s backfield is weakened before of the season opener as rookie running back Travis Etienne suffered an injury that ended his season. James Robinson, a 2020 surprise, is expected to shoulder the most of the main ball-carrying duties, with veteran Carlos Hyde and Dare Ogunbowale serving as backups.
Johnson might be called up in the coming weeks if anything happens to any of the above, or if Meyer needs a solid pass-catching presence out of the backfield.
Source: MSN Sports