WR Andre Johnson, Free agent
HT: 6-2, WT: 221, Born: 7-11-1981, College: Miami, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 3
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: C Spiller (36), L Fitzgerald (37), Andre Johnson (38), P Garcon (39), V Cruz (40)
Position: K Allen (34-WR12), L Fitzgerald (37-WR13), Andre Johnson (38 - WR14), P Garcon (39-WR15), V Cruz (40-WR16)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: K Allen (33), V Jackson (34), Andre Johnson (35), P Garcon (36), C Spiller (37)
Position: K Allen (33-WR11), V Jackson (34-WR12), Andre Johnson (35 - WR13), P Garcon (36-WR14), L Fitzgerald (38-WR15)
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At age 33, Andre Johnson is not getting any younger, but on the same token he is coming off two consecutive seasons with 100+ receptions and is still a viable fantasy option at wide receiver. His quarterback situation makes it difficult to assume the same results are inevitable, but this is the same player who found Pro Bowl success with David Carr and Sage Rosenfels under center. If he can stay healthy and be the go-to option for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, he'll have a good chance to finish in the Top 20. There was talk about Johnson having mixed feelings about staying with the team during their new rebuilding phase, however that appears to no longer be a concern. Houston was adamant not to trade him and Johnson changed his stance. He is now committed to working with and meshing with Fitzpatrick, who was a student of Harvard and is veteran of the game and quarterback position. Johnson should still be an asset to the team and major contributor similar to years past. His numbers overall may drop off some, due to the new offense and the growing pains associated with that. Second year receiver DeAndre Hopkins also figures to have an increased role that could put a squeeze on Johnson's sheer number or targets.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Johnson caught one pass for four yards early in the first quarter, before he kept working on a play that Schaub extended early in the second quarter for an 18 yard gain and a first down. After Hopkins received his first reception on a screen pass in the second quarter, Schaub went straight back to Andre Johnson who ran a deep in route for a first down and 27 yards. Johnson found space for another big gain and a first down as the Texans pushed the ball down the field with less than 20 seconds left in the first half. He followed that up with a diving reception at the sideline that would have given the Texans a chance at a field goal, but the play was ruled incomplete as his elbow came down before his second foot. After n intentional grounding play put the Texans' offense in third and very long, Johnson came free over the middle of the field and converted with a huge reception. Three plays later, Johnson converted a much shorter third down when he beat press coverage to come free on a short slant route. Johnson caught another first down pass on a curl route where he beat two defenders with the ball in his hands for a 10 yard gain. After ceding the spotlight to Hopkins for a series, Johnson opened the Titans' second drive of the fourth quarter with a quick out for six yards. Johnson was prevented a screen pass on the very next play, when it was tipped at the line, before he caught a crossing route underneath just short of the first down marker. Johnson didn't feature on the Texans' next drive, but caught a nine yard curl early in the next one. Within the final two minutes, Johnson took the yards he was given underneath on a quick out route for six yards. Derek Cox pressed him on the next play, allowing Johnson to run a sharp curl route for a first down.
Week 2 - Johnson's first reception came in the first quarter as he ran an out route underneath after play action. Johnson stayed down after the play even though he didn't take a big hit. He was innitially listed as questionable to return. Johnson didn't stay out long and quickly caught another pass underneath early in the second quarter. On the next drive, Johnson converted a third and 13 by running an out route for 16 yards. Schaub went back to Johnson two plays later, as he caught a crossing route underneath before taking a hard hit from a Titans defender. Schaub was zoning in on Johnson exclusively, as he forced the ball to him down the sideline when he was well covered. Early in the third quarter, Johnson stayed alive after being covered on a crossing route to create space for his quarterback on a play that resulted in a first down. On first and 20 with six minutes left in the third quarter, Johnson caught a quick out for four yards. Schaub went back to Johnson a few plays later on third and five, but the pass was broken up by Michael Griffin. Johnson caught a five yard crossing route on third and 10 early in the fourth quarter. Johnson couldn't make an exceptionally difficult one handed reception late in the fourth quarter. After three straight completions to Hopkins late in the fourth quarter, Schaub came back to Johnson. Johnson extended to catch a 20 yard pass at the goalline, before Bernard Pollard arrived with a crunching hit that put him out for the game.
Week 3 - Johnson caught his first target, as he ran a curl route against Jimmy Smith in man coverage for a first down. Johnson's next target came in the redzone when Schaub overthrew him. Johnson catch a quick in route against off coverage to start the Texans' final drive of the first half. The Texans went straight back to Johnson as he caught a curl route against Lardarius Webb. After that play, Johnson took himself to the sideline and was working his lower leg. Johnson took one play out, when Schaub threw an interception, before returning to the game. Johnson caught an 11 yard comeback route on first and 10 to start the Texans first drive of the third quarter. Johnson stayed in the game, but he was hobbling to get to his spot before plays and seemingly wasn't a threat down the field.
Week 4 - Johnson caught Schaub's first completion, as he turned a short curl route into a first yard run. Johnson beat Richard Sherman over the middle of the field for a first down a few plays later. Johnson caught another pass over the middle of the field for a first down when he settled down against zone coverage. On third and eight, Johnson fought Richard Sherman to get a head of the defensive back for a curl route that gave his team a first down. Working against Brandon Browner, Johnson caught a quick out for a 10 yard gain to put the Texans in field goal range before the half. After Sherman intercepted Schaub late in the fourth quarter, Johnson was able to post up the defensive back for an easy first down reception down the sideline. Johnson caught a curl route straight after for an eight yard gain as Sherman was hurt on the sideline. In overtime, Johnson came free on a pick route that allowed him to get a first down inside with uncontested yards after the catch. On a key third down in overtime, Schaub underthrew a backshoulder throw to Johnson. Johnson did really well to adjust to it, but couldn't hold on as Brandon Browner punched it out of his grasp. Johnson caught a short curl route for five yards on second and 10. On the following play, Johnson drew a pass interference penalty from Brandon Browner down the sideline.
Week 5 - Johnson posted up Tarrell Brown for his first reception. It was a gain of seven yards on second and 12. On third and four in the second quarter, Johnson drew a pass interference flag when he was pulled by Brown on an in route. Schaub's next target to Johnson was intercepted. Schaub was very late on the pass, but Johnson could have worked back to the ball to prevent the interception. On the following drive, Johnson extended well over the middle of the field for a big gain on second and six. Johnson caught a 13 yard pass with the time running out in the second quarter. Johnson ran a sideline route against single coverage when Schaub put the ball up for him to go and get. Johnson made a great play on the ball, but it was slightly too far away from him so he couldn't bring it down one-handed.
Week 6 - Johnson's first reception came on the Texans' second drive of the game. He ran a shallow crossing route before beating Trumaine Johnson with the ball in his hands for a first down. Johnson's next reception came midway through the second quarter, as he caught a deep crossing route with a defender on his back. A catch on a curl route came on the first play of the third quarter. On a quick in route, Johnson turned a short catch into a first down run. A few plays after that, Johnson kept working in his route to get back to the football for a short gain on first and 10. After T.J. Yates entered the game because of Matt Schaub's injury, Johnson caught a deep in route for a first down in the fourth quarter. Two plays later, he caught a slant pass for a first down.
Week 7 - On the first drive of the game, Andre Johnson caught a screen pass before working his way downfield for a first down. A few plays later, Johnson caught a slant route for another first down. In the second quarter, Johnson beat Brandon Flowers on a quick slant before sprinting down the seam for a huge gain. In the third quarter, after Case Keenum extended the play, Johnson kept working down the seam and caught another pass for a big gain.
Week 9 - Johnson's first target went for a touchdown. He created huge separation against Vontae Davis down the right sideline so he could easily run underneath Keenum's pass. Johnson faked a comeback route before turning back downfield. Johnson followed that up with an in route for a first down to start the next drive. On the next drive, Johnson caught Keenum's first pass again...for another touchdown. Keenum put the ball up there as Johnson ran down the field. It floated far enough that the deep safety, Antoine Bethea, lost track of it and Johnson was able to run in behind before making a good hands catch. Facing a third and seven from their own goalline, Johnson ran a horizontal double move for a first down. Late in the second quarter, when the Texans were again backed up against their own goal line, Johnson kept working in his route to come free after Keenum escaped into the flat. After the two minute drill, Johnson beat another defensive back clean down the left sideline for another big play. Johnson couldn't catch his next target, as Keenum led him over the sideline, but he stole the ball away from a defensive back on a goal line fade for his third touchdown. Johnson settled down in zone coverage for a big reception late in the fourth quarter. With the clock winding down, Johnson caught a deep in route to set up a potential game-tying field goal.
Week 10 - Johnson's first catch went for a touchdown. Keenum held the ball allowing him to work across the end zone, before throwing a pass that was slightly too wide. Johnson made a phenomenal reception however as he just got his toes in bounds while falling out of bounds. On the Texans' first drive of the second quarter, Johnson caught a comeback route for a first down against Patrick Peterson. Johnson caught a quick screen pass in the third quarter for a short gain. Johnson's second touchdown catch was lucky, but also a very skillful catch. He was lucky to get the opportunity as Patrick Peterson initially won in coverage, but showed great awareness and body control to come down with the football before falling out of bounds. Johnson followed it up with a slant route for seven yards on the next drive.
Week 11 - Johnson's first reception was a screen pass that saw him tackled behind the line of scrimmage as soon as he caught the ball. Early in the second quarter, Johnson caught a pass between two defenders deep down the seam. Johnson caught a shallow crossing route on first and 10 for five yards. In the second quarter, Johnson evaded one tackler to get three yards on a bubble screen. Johnson caught a curl route on 2nd-and-10 for seven yards. Johnson caught a screen pass for eight yards on 3rd-and-10 late in the third quarter. After Matt Schaub came in late in the third quarter, Johnson saw two immediate targets. The first missed him wide on a curl route, but he caught the second on a deep in route for a first down. Johnson then caught a curl route underneath on the following 1st-and-10. Johnson drew a pass interference penalty to set up a field goal attempt in the fourth quarter. On the following drive, he converted a 2nd-and-1 with a curl route. Johnson made a phenominal reception late in the fourth quarter on 2nd-and-3 as he snatched the ball out of the air over a defender.
Week 12 - Johnson's first catch came in the third quarter. On third and four, he caught a curl pass before pushing his way down the sideline. Johnson was targeted twice over the middle of the field, once in the first quarter and once in the fourth, when he couldn't make touch catches because of overthrown passes from Keenum. Johnson finally found the deep in route from Keenum on the Texans' final drive of the game.
Week 13 - Johnson caught a wide open crossing route for his first reception of the game early in the first quarter. He caught a pass in the flat before breaking a tackle for a first down on the very next play. On the next drive, Johnson made an outstanding reception in traffic for a first down. Johnson beat Aqib Talib for nine yards on a curl route. Johnson caught a deep in route in the third quarter before breaking a tackle. Keenum went straight back to Johnson for another first down when he found him by the sideline. Johnson made another excellent catch at the sideline late in the fourth quarter for a first down. On the next play, Johnson ran a comeback route for a first down.
Week 14 - Johnson's first catch was a screen play, as he adjusted well after a poorly placed pass to get a first down. On third and seven in the second quarter, Johnson came free underneath the coverage on an in route for a first down. In the third quarter, Johnson adjusted well to a poorly thrown pass on a slant route for a first down. Johnson caught a deep curl route against zone coverage before carrying the ball down the field for a big gain. On third and 10 later in the third quarter, Johnson caught a four yard in route on third and 10. Johnson caught a quick in route late in the third quarter when Matt Schaub came in. Johnson caught a shallow crossing route on second and 10 near the Jaguars goal line. To start the fourth quarter, Johnson caught an in route for seven yards. Johnson caught a deep pass when he settled down in a zone after beating a cornerback down the sideline. On third and 20, Johnson caught a 12 yard pass underneath. By shielding the pass wiht his body, Johnson converted a second and seven on a curl route. With another curl route, Johnson caught a first down pass by the sideline. On third and 20, Johnson caught a deep in route between two defenders for a first down.
Week 15 - When the Colts and Texans last met, Johnson repeatedly burned the defense deep for big plays and touchdowns. A lot has changed since then and Johnson has reverted to being more of a possession receiver with Case Keenum. Keenum's first interception came when he was looking for Johnson on a shallow crossing route. The Colts defensive back beat Johnson to the ball. Johnson looked out of sorts. He dropped his next two passes after playing a role in that interception. Johnson made a few catches on underneath routes, but he spent much of the second half on the sideline as the Texans gave opportunities to their younger receivers and he never made a big play down the field.
Week 16 - Atypically, Matt Schaub was spreading the ball around early on. That meant that Johnson didn't see his first target until late in the first quarter. As has so often been the case this season, Johnson made an impressive reception down the field. However, he couldn't catch a bad throw from Schaub in the end zone when he beat the defensive back. Johnson should have had a touchdown, but Schaub led him over the sideline. He did catch two passes early on during the following drive, so it appeared that Schaub was going to focus on him but he would finish the game with just four receptions total. Johnson couldn't really hold much against Schaub for missing his touchdown early in the game, because the veteran receiver dropped a pass in the end zone during the third quarter.
Week 17 - This was likely the last game when Andre Johnson would catch passes from Matt Schaub. Schaub immediately threw him two passes to start the game. One was caught in the flat for a short gain, the other was much more impressive as Johnson caught the ball downfield with a defender on his back. On the second drive of the game, Johnson made a very impressive reception while running out of bounds for a first down. The Texans offense spent a lot of time on the sideline during the second and third quarters, so Johnson didn't see another target until late in the third. He should have caught a pass deep down the sideline but couldn't bring in an accurate pass from his quarterback. When the Texans needed a score late on, Schaub looked to Johnson. He couldn't come up with a jump ball in the end zone as the defensive back played the situation perfectly. After that, he caught two underneath passes that he couldn't run into the end zone.