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David Johnson impacts offense as pass-catcher

David Johnson did something that hadn't been done since the days of Arian Foster: tally 100 receiving yards in a game, as a running back.

The Texans lost, 27-20, to the Colts on Sunday, but Johnson was a major factor catching passes out of the backfield.

He caught a game-high 11 passes for 106 yards, including a 31-yarder in the third quarter, and a 26-yarder in the second. Johnson also carried eight times for 27 yards.

Interim head coach Romeo Crennel thought Johnson "did a good job of catching, and a good job of running after the catch" as the veteran running back helped the Texans offense move. Quarterback Deshaun Watson said Johnson got so many touches because of "the options that popped open" and that he distributed the short passes "and let the guys go to work".

Johnson was disappointed after the Texans lost in an "unbelievable" manner, but happy he was able to contribute to the offense after missing the game at Chicago last week.

"It felt good to be utilized that way," Johnson said. "Really, it's just helping out the offense, helping out the team, getting momentum, getting everybody's composure, getting everyone in the game was the best part. It was a tough loss, but it felt good to help out the offense and do everything I can."

It was a career-best for Johnson in terms of catches and receiving yards in a game, and he tied Domanick Williams (Week 2 of 2004) for the most catches by a running back in franchise history. Also, it was the most receiving yards by a back in franchise history, since Arian Foster had 119 in a Week 7 win at Tennessee in 2011.

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