WR Andre Johnson - Indianapolis Colts
|6-2, 221||Born: 7-11-1981||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3|
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2015 Week 17 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)
The Colts' worst veteran signing of 2015 didn't finish the year with any career lows, but that's only because of a 2011 season in which he missed nine games. Johnson's 41 catches and 503 total yards in 16 games was the second-worst season of his career, however, even worse than a nine-games season back in 2007. Johnson had 46 total yards on Sunday, his third-highest total of the year, if that gives any context to his season. Sure, Andrew Luck missing most of the year didn't help, but Johnson was bad with Luck on the field as well, and is a serious candidate to be cut this offseason to save on his $7.5 million cap hit next season.
2015 Week 16 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
For some reason, the Colts continue to play their veteran receiver, but he's been unable to produce in any of the roles he's been in this season. Though he gained just 39 yards on Sunday, it was his second-most productive day of the last eight weeks. With his struggles, it's unlikely that the team brings him back next season, with his exorbitant $13.5 million cap hit over the next two seasons.
2015 Week 15 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Johnson was actually second on the team in receiving on Sunday, but finishing with just 32 yards is a good sign of how anemic the Colts' passing offense has been during the last few weeks. Johnson's first two catches went for first downs in the first half, but he was limited after that, dropping a catchable ball down the field and catching a short four-yard pass in the third quarter. Johnson's inability to make an impact has hampered the Colts all season, and he wasn't able to conjure up his revenge factor this time around.
2015 Week 14 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
The veteran receiver continued his consistently poor season on Sunday with his fifth consecutive game with less than 50 receiving yards (a feat he's accomplished just twice this year). Johnson's role as the two-or-three-short-yardage-receptions-per-game receiver has been pretty constant this year, and he should not be on standard fantasy rosters at this point.
2015 Week 13 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 44 / 0 rec)
Leading all Colts receivers in yards on Sunday, Andre Johnson turned back the clock for two plays, a powerful 11-yard gain on a screen pass and an impressive double move on the outside for a 28-yard gain. The latter should have been a touchdown, as he was wide open up the left sideline, but a poor throw from Hasselbeck forced Johnson to stop and wait for the ball. Outside of those two plays, however, Johnson was invisible, as is his M.O. this season.
2015 Week 12 vs TB (3 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Another game, another low-volume set of work for Andre Johnson. It's been three consecutive games with three targets and one catch or less for Johnson. His 22-yard catch up the middle was a big play for the Colts, but Johnson added another drop to his 2015 tally on Sunday, and ran the same amount of routes as fourth receiver Griff Whalen.
2015 Week 11 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
While Andre Johnson's one catch was an impressive one--a short pass in which he eluded one defender and picked up 10 yards after the catch for a first down--he's still simply not getting enough separation consistently to be a part of the game plan. He's been slowly losing his three-WR set snaps to Griff Whalen, and "the Griffer" had a few key third down targets on Sunday again. Of Johnson's 30 snaps, 11 were in run-blocking, a role that has become more important with the Rob Chudzinski's transition to offensive coordinator.
2015 Week 9 vs DEN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The early-season Andre Johnson was back against the Broncos, invisible for most of the game and dropping catchable balls when down the middle of the field he was on the screen. It's Johnson's third no-show game of the season, and there is no reason to assume his role will pick up. Griff Whalen has shown much more life in the middle of the field, and finished with 21 passing snaps to Johnson's 20. Don't be surprised if Whalen continues to eat into Johnson's snap count.
2015 Week 8 vs CAR (8 / 4 / 81 / 1 rec)
With the Panthers locking down the outsides, Andrew Luck turned to the middle of the field during the Colts' late rally on Monday, with Johnson catching passes of 30, 20 and 18 yards, the latter being touchdown. Luck showed trust in Johnson for the first time all season with a couple of back-shoulder throws, and that chemistry could point to more production for the veteran as the season goes on. Johnson did drop one ball on the day, but made up for it with ensuing catches on the touchdown drive. He's still not the old Andre Johnson, but if Luck and he get on the same page, there could be decent opportunity there for the 34-year-old.
2015 Week 7 vs NO (4 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Another day, another unimpressive performance for the former All-Pro wide receiver. Andre Johnson continues to struggle with vertical separation, and the Colts' haven't made him a priority in the quick passing game. A late 35-yard reception on a deep crosser against zone coverage was the only thing that kept Johnson from his fifth game this season of under 30 receiving yards.
2015 Week 6 vs NE (6 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Unfortunately for Johnson owners, he continues to show that he's the WR3 in the Colts offense at best, catching just three of his six targets on Sunday. Johnson did catch a nice pass down the sideline to start the game for 16 yards, but he struggled at the catch point during the rest of the contest, missing two opportunities to catch high targets as the Colts attempted to make their comeback. If he continues to underwhelm, Phillip Dorsett might begin to eat into his snaps.
2015 Week 5 vs HOU (7 / 6 / 77 / 2 rec)
Finally, the Colts got Andre Johnson involved on Thursday, as the former Houston Texan took it to his former team to the tune of two touchdowns. Most of Johnson's targets came on high-success opportunities, including a play-action touchdown pass and a quick pick play on the other touchdown. Johnson also had an impressive catch-and-run after a missed tackle on a quick curl on the outside. But his best reception was a deep fade route for 24 yards, as he and Matt Hasselbeck displayed the kind of QB-WR chemistry that hasn't been present yet this year for the veteran. Johnson is becoming more comfortable with his role in the offense. That being said, he's still going to be touchdown dependent for fantasy reasons as the Colts spread the ball and Donte Moncrief remains a part of the offense.
2015 Week 4 vs JAX (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
While the Colts' shift to a more timing-based, short-passing offense for backup Matt Hasselbeck seemed like it would aid the veteran wide receiver, Johnson was held without a catch for the second-consecutive week. Separating from man coverage continues to be an issue, and the Colts haven't figured out how to involve him with his current limitations. With a potential revenge game coming up against Houston on Thursday, Johnson has one more shot to exhibit promising signs, but fantasy owners' patience shouldn't last much longer.
2015 Week 3 vs TEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Maybe the Texans were right about Andre Johnson. Through three games, Johnson has 18 targets, but just 51 total receiving yards on those targets. His lone target on Sunday was a quick slant over the middle, where there was space, but Johnson stumbled and watched the ball bounce off his hands. Johnson's drops and inconsistencies in contested catch situations has been the biggest concern so far this season. He still looks like he has some left in the tank as a rhythm/short-area receiver, but it won't result in production until he and Andrew Luck get on the same page.
2015 Week 2 vs NYJ (7 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Easily the most disappointing newcomer in Indianapolis, Andre Johnson had another horrible day on Monday, struggling to get separation from defensive backs and being too inconsistent against contested catches to make up for it. Johnson has an abysmal 41.2 percent catch rate through two weeks, and has yet to gain more than 12 yards on a single reception. He'll have better days against less talented secondaries, but he isn't having nearly the impact the Colts hoped he might.
2015 Week 1 vs BUF (10 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
The former Texan didn't have as explosive of a debut as hoped, looking much more sluggish than anticipated. While the Bills had discussed using Stephon Gilmore to shadow No. 1 receivers, they did no such thing on Sunday, and Johnson struggled to get open when matched up against the emerging cornerback. Johnson also had two drops and was off on his timing with Luck, although part of that was due to wet conditions that affected the whole team. On a positive note, the future Hall-of-Famer had a beautiful catch going to the ground on a slant under duress, the kind of contested catch the Colts will want to see more of in the future. Johnson saw 10 targets on Sunday, most of which came with T.Y. Hilton nursing an injury. If Hilton misses extended time, Johnson should be Luck's go-to receiver.
Latest NewsColts | Andre Johnson likely to be cut (Wed Feb 10, 11:18 AM) - Indianapolis Colts WR Andre Johnson is likely to be released in the offseason. Our View: Johnson has a $7.5 million cap number in 2016, and that's a number the Colts won't pay. The team will have to eat $2.5 million in dead money if he's cut.
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