According to Mike Wells of ESPN, freshly signed Indianapolis Colts wideout Andre Johnson hasn’t taken long to realize just how special his new quarterback in Andrew Luck is. In fact, the future Hall of Fame wideout thinks his 25 year old passing phenom is already the best quarterback in the NFL:
"“He’s a hell of a player,” Johnson said. “I think he’s the best quarterback in this game.”“When you look at all the teams that have won Super Bowls over the past few years, they’ve all had great quarterback play, and we have a great quarterback here,” Johnson added. “I can’t say I’ve been fortunate enough to play with a great quarterback in my 12 years in this league, so I’m able to play with one now.”"
May 27, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receivers Andre Johnson (81) gets a drink during OTA at Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
To say that Johnson’s production has been hampered from lackluster quarterback play in his decorated 12-year career with the Houston Texans would be quite an understatement.
While former Texans starting quarterback Matt Schaub had a fairly good run there for a few seasons, Johnson has suffered from the likes of David Carr, Tony Banks, Dave Ragone, Sage Rosenfels, T.J. Yates, Matt Leinart, Case Keenum, Ryan Mallett, and Tom Savage since being drafted by the franchise in 2003.
He’ll now get the luxury of playing with one of the truly elite quarterbacks in the NFL in Luck, who’s coming off a league-leading 40 touchdown pass year and was among one of the leading passers in the NFL last season.
Johnson may not be the dominant superstar wideout he once was, but with the Colts he simply doesn’t have to be. He’ll benefit greatly from catching tight spirals from Luck and won’t have to work as hard at catching misthrown passes, by being more of a complementary piece than actual focal point within the offense.
Of course, Johnson praising Luck shouldn’t necessarily come as a big surprise. It was reported that earlier this offseason, when asked why he chose the Colts among other potential suitors, his answer was an easy one, “Andrew Luck.”
Fortunately for Johnson, he’ll now get the special opportunity to play with a quarterback that he considers not just elite, but the best in the NFL.
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