"I know I'll be ready," Cushing told the team's official website this week. "I know when it's go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I'll be there."
Cushing is nearing the end of another long offseason rehab on the heels of the broken fibula and torn LCL he suffered last October. The Pro Bowl player spent all of last offseason mending from a torn ACL.
"It's been a tough two years, but I'm ready to put it behind me and have a great year," Cushing said. "I feel good, and I'm just excited about the opportunity and the things ahead of us for this team."
While Johnson has expressed concern over the team's uneven offensive roster, there's plenty to like about Houston's front seven. J.J. Watt is a top 10 player, rookie Jadeveon Clowney is a freak of nature and Cushing -- when healthy -- is one of the game's most disruptive and versatile inside 'backers.
Coordinator Romeo Crennel has plenty to work with on this side of the ball.