Kevin Johnson “feeling great” after foot, wrist surgeries

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The Texans got a solid rookie season from cornerback Kevin Johnson after drafting him in the first round of the 2015 draft and his performance was made more impressive by the fact that he wasn’t healthy for much of his time on the field.

Johnson played about half of the season with a fracture in his left foot and then broke his left wrist before the team’s Wild Card loss to the Chiefs. He had surgeries to repair both injuries after the season ended with that loss and said over the weekend that his recovery is progressing well enough that he hopes to be a participant when the team starts their offseason program.

“No doubt, I’m feeling great,” Johnson said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I’m working with the Texans staff and I’m getting back healthy. I’m getting back faster than I thought I was. So, I’m excited about getting ready for next season.”

The Texans are going to spend time this offseason trying to upgrade at quarterback, but there’s a good chance that their best chances of success in 2016 are going to be built around the defense first. Strong cornerback play is essential to that goal, so getting Johnson back on the field for a full offseason of work would be a step in the right direction.