New Texan WR is "quick", "fast" and ready

Lost in the hubub over the trade for Ryan Mallett, and J.J. Watt's big contract extension, was the acquisition of receiver Damaris Johnson.

The Texans claimed the 5-8, 175-pounder off waivers on Sunday, and he quickly went to work as a slot receiver and special teamer.

"When I got the call it was so relieving," Johnson said. "Just to come into a situation like this. I'm just ready to start a new chapter in my career."

Johnson was with Philadelphia the first two seasons of his career, but was waived over the weekend. The Eagles' jettisoned the former Tulsa receiver, but he jumped right into the offense with the Texans.

"He's a very instinctive player," head coach Bill O'Brien said on Wednesday. "He picks things up quickly. He's quick, he's fast, serious guy, practices hard."

Johnson worked with the team each day this week and is enthused about his role in the new offense.

"It feels great just to be out there and actually being a guy in the offense where I'm out there and they're actually trying to throw me the ball and things like that," Johnson said. "I just feel like a part and I'm just ready to play my role on this team."

Johnson and the Texans face Washington on Su.nday at NRG Stadium. Kickoff is at noon, CT.

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