The other Johnson looking to step up

With seven former Texans coming to town, Damaris Johnson's story hasn't received as much fanfare.

That's understandable, considering the former Eagle has only been in Houston for a couple months, and Philadelphia brings names like former Texans team captain DeMeco Ryans and outside linebacker Connor Barwin to NRG Stadium.

But if you listen to head coach Bill O'Brien, there's a good chance Johnson will see the ball thrown his way more this week.

"We need to get him more involved in the offense," O'Brien said on Wednesday.

And that's cool with Johnson.

"I guess I must be doing something right," Johnson said. "I'm just trying to practice hard and get better and better every week."

Johnson said on Thursday he still keeps in touch with some teammates from his time in Philly, and that playing against them will be fun. He's also enjoyed helping his new teammates on defense with some pointers against the Eagles up-tempo offense.

"I think I gave them some little tips on things that I remember from being there," Johnson said. "I

think anything would help."

O'Brien has liked what Johnson's added to the offense. The third-year pro is third on the team with 181 receiving yards after being claimed off waivers on August 31. The head coach reeled off a list of reasons the Texans were quick to snatch Johnson in late August.

"He's got good quickness," O'Brien said. "He's a tough guy. He's a hardworking guy. He's a guy that we noticed right away when he was in Philadelphia that he played some different spots."

Johnson has lined up in the slot, returned kickoffs and even carried the ball twice on end-around runs. His versatility has been an attractive attribute for the Texans.

Johnson and company host the Eagles at noon CT on Sunday afternoon.

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