Andre Johnson Is One of NFL.com’s ‘Most Fascinating’ Players
According to Adam Schein of NFL.com, the Indianapolis Colts Andre Johnson is one of the league’s most fascinating players heading into this season:
"9) Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis ColtsIt’s weird to see him out of a Texans uniform. It’ll be fascinating to see what he has left in the tank.The borderline Hall of Famer should enjoy a renaissance season with Andrew Luck throwing him the football. And this could sew up his Canton credentials."
The 12-year veteran signed with the Colts this offseason in the hopes of winning an elusive Super Bowl championship. Johnson joins the likes of DeMarco Murray, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Adrian Peterson, Jadeveon Clowney, Jimmy Graham, Todd Gurley, and Jimmy Smith on NFL.com’s “Most Fascinating Players” list.
Jun 9, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass to wide receiver Andre Johnson (81) during minicamp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
As a longtime member of the Houston Texans, Johnson will now get the luxury of playing with a truly elite quarterback for the first time in his career in Andrew Luck. While Johnson’s best years are likely behind him as he’s set to turn 34 years old in July, he should still expect to have a highly productive season with the Colts as Luck’s presumed possession wideout and a complementary piece to deep threat T.Y. Hilton.
Despite shaky starting quarterback play last season, Johnson is still coming off a highly productive season with the Texans in which he caught 85 receptions for 936 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Colts are clearly hoping that the future Hall of Famer can provide the same level of production as the recently departed, yet beloved Colts veteran Reggie Wayne did in his 34-year old campaign, when the latter caught 106 receptions for 1,355 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in 2012 as Luck’s “go-to guy”.
At a listed 6’3″, 230 pounds, Johnson figures to provide the Colts with a big bodied possession wideout that the franchise simply hasn’t had in its modern history:
"“He’s a big, possession type guy,” said head coach Chuck Pagano earlier this offseason. “He makes contested catches in traffic. He’s got a big catch radius. A big body. Those guys are hard to defend.”"
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