Colts Post-Draft Positional Review: Wide Receivers
By Evan Reller
Oct 9, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson (80) catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter against Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler (28) at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
2014 Stats: 85 receptions, 936 yards, 3 touchdowns
PFF Grade: +1.3
DYAR: 86th DVOA: 81st
Looking on the surface, Johnson wasn’t that impressive last season. While Ryan Fitzpatrick took the bulk of the snaps last year for the Texans, the team also has three other QBs under center at times. Despite never having above average quarterback play in his career, Johnson has still managed to be one of the best receivers in the league and has a good case for making the Hall of Fame.
Luck will easily be the best QB that Johnson has ever had and he in turn will be a large target for Luck downfield. At 6-3 and 219 pounds, Johnson will be the biggest receiver (and most talented) that he has had.
The Colts are hoping that Johnson will essentially be what Reggie Wayne was three years ago. While Luck won’t be targeting Johnson nearly as much (Wayne had 195 targets in 2012), he will be a valuable possession receiver, especially on third down.