WR Andre Johnson - Houston Texans
|6-2, 221||Born: 7-11-1981||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Johnson seems to be on the same page as Ryan Mallett, and he got free for what should have been a long touchdown to start the game. Johnson's ability hasn't fallen off much, and the installation of Mallett may cause his fantasy numbers to show that down the stretch.
General News (Fri Nov 21): did not practice on Friday (he was excused) but is still expected to play this week.
Week 12: vs Cincinnati Bengals
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ryan Mallett looked solid in his debut as the Texans' starting quarterback, slinging 20/30 for 211 yards passing, two TDs and one interception with zero sacks taken at Cleveland. DeAndre Hopkins (eight targets for 4/80/0 receiving) went deep more than once, catching a 41-yard pass on one of his receptions, while Andre Johnson also piled up yards (nine for 7/68/0). Garrett Graham (two for 2/34/1) and J.J. Watt (one for 1/2/1) handled the TD catches for Mallett. The Texans' offense was dynamic with Mallett under center - he looks like he's in there to stay going forwards. The Bengals' pass D did a great job on Drew Brees and company last week, holding N'Arlins to 33/41 for 255 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions in the Saints' own house - two weeks ago, Brian Hoyer managed 15/23 for 198 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions at Cincinnati. Though the Bengals don't generate much of a pass rush this year (only 13 sacks), they've limited the number of passing TDs given up to 11 through 10 games, and have 10 interceptions during that time frame (tied for 10th in the NFL). The team ranks 20th averaging 249.5 net passing yards allowed per game - this is a bend-but-don't-break style unit. Mallett has some tough customers coming to NRG Stadium, and the Texans have an attractive rushing matchup to boot - he may hand the ball off frequently in this game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 9 vs PHI (7 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Johnson wasn't targeted until midway through the second quarter and he's playing like that lack of utilization is starting to get to him. Johnson has never been boisterous on the field, but has an air of frustration to him now never seen before. In the third quarter Johnson ran a route to the end zone and was interfered. Johnson made a haphazard attempt to catch the ball and look at the ref for a flag. When a flag was not forthcoming, Johnson had the look of someone whose bad day just got worse. Johnson may be revitalized by a quarterback switch, but realistic Mallett would be the latest non-franchise quarterback on a list that features David Carr, Doug Ragone, Matt Schaub, Sage Rosenfels, TJ Yates, Case Keenum and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
2014 Week 11 vs CLE (9 / 7 / 68 / 0 rec)
During the bye week it was reported that Johnson was very happy that Mallett replaced Fitzpatrick, and Sunday it became apparent why. Mallett targeted Johnson a team high 10 times. Johnson did suffer a couple drops, although he made several clutch catches when it counted such as an amazing conversion on a 4th and 4 in the fourth quarter. Mallett is obviously a huge fan of Johnson, although he did not lock onto Andre exclusively which is actually a good thing for the receiver's fantasy value. Mallett's preference of throwing to Johnson mixed with his ability to spread the ball around to multiple receivers makes Johnson a viable WR2 because of the upgrade of the offense at large.
Latest NewsTexans | Andre Johnson probable (Fri Nov 21, 05:28 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (non-injury) did not practice Friday, Nov. 21, but he is probable for Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. link to story
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