Ingram led the Texans with 92 carries for 294 yards through seven games as the starter. While Lindsay projects to take over the early-down work, Johnson said Thursday he's been preparing to get more carries the rest of the season.
"Obviously, when we lose Mark to a different team, I've got to prepare to run the ball more," Johnson said Thursday, via the team's official transcript. "I was already used as a third-down and as a receiving back, but now it's just getting more carries."
Johnson has only carried 27 times this season for 104 yards -- Lindsay has seen 38 totes for 97 yards and a TD. However, he's seen the lion's share of the pass-catching targets out of the backfield. Through seven games, Johnson has 19 catches on 24 targets for 154 yards and a TD. Ingram and Lindsay combined for 10 catches on 13 targets for 61 yards and a score over that same span.
We expect Lindsay to be the biggest beneficiary of the Ingram trade, but Johnson should see more running opportunities in addition to remaining the third-down back. Scottie Phillips could also see a few snaps as the Texans test out their younger players as the season progresses. Do-it-all veteran Rex Burkhead, who has played sparingly, could also see reps if healthy.
The Texans entered the season with four veteran running backs, all on one-year contracts -- Ingram, Lindsay, Johnson, Burkhead. At least one of them seemed bound to get traded out of town. That leaves the main two more opportunities to impress before hitting the open market again -- unless they too are traded before the Nov. 2 deadline.
"It's just part of the business," Johnson said of the Ingram trade. "That's how I felt. Especially with the trade deadline coming up, and a lot of injuries going on to the running backs as a whole in the league. That's how I felt, it's part of the business."
Houston hosts the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.