Andre Johnson Fantasy News
Texans HC Bill O’Brien did acknowledge his recent talks with WR Andre Johnson have been encouraging, adding he has a “tremendous amount of respect” for the Texans’ longest-tenured player. “The conversations that Andre and I have had have been very positive about what we’re doing here as a team. Obviously, offensively, what we’re doing here,” O’Brien said. “We’ve had good communications. But as far as what Andre said, I’ll let him speak for himself.”
Johnson has been mulling his future in Houston, so it's good to hear that he's at least been in contact with his new coach.
Houston WR Andre Johnson says he's been wondering if this is the place for him. Says he doesn't plan to be at OTAs or minicamp currently.
This isn't quite on the same level as a trade demand, but it sounds as if Johnson isn't too happy with how the team has addressed the QB position this offseason. He's turning 33 in July, and seems to be running out of patience with the Texans. Stay tuned.
Going on 35 years old, Steve L Smith has no illusions of grandeur. The five-time Pro Bowler knows he’s not a No. 1 wide receiver anymore. Smith made that clear to reporters Friday after signing, relaying how he sees himself fitting into new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system, and pulling back the curtain on what their conversations may have sounded like. “I don’t see myself in Coach Kubiak’s system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson],” Smith said. “I see the complementary dude of [former Texans wide receiver] Kevin Walter. “I see how he contributed and how he was instrumental in getting Andre the ball but also getting his own opportunities.”
Smith will likely see the third- or fourth-most targets behind Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta and perhaps Marlon Brown (or even Ray Rice). Anquan Boldin finished #34 and #30 as the Ravens' WR2 in 2011 and 2012, respectively, so that's probably near the high-end of projected production for Smith as he joins a new team.
Beat writer Mary Kay Cabot was asked how WR Josh Gordon will fare in new OC Kyle Shanahan's offense. "If Gordon fares as well as seven-time Pro Bowler Andre Johnson in Shanahan's West Coast-oriented scheme, the reigning receiving yardage leader (1,646) will continue to tear it up. With Shanahan as Texans' coordinator in 2008-09, Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards in both years (1,575 in 2008) and (1,569 in 2009). He also led the league in receptions in 2008 (115). During those two seasons combined, Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards (3,144) and ranked second in receptions (216). So more trips to Honolulu should be in store for Gordon, who flourished in the vertical passing game last season."
Gordon actually outscored Calvin Johnson in PPG (16.2 vs. 15.8) and finished as the top fantasy receiver in 2013 despite missing the first two games due to suspension. He’d be a no-brainer top 5 wideout heading into 2014 if not for his history of off-field issues, a change at offensive coordinator and continuing issues at quarterback. If he can finally get some consistency at QB (and stay out of trouble), the sky is the limit for this kid. It’s pretty amazing what he did with Brian Hoyer, Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden throwing him the ball.
Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:31pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (wrist, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Johnson will play in a tough matchup with the Titans.
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 6:22pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (wrist) practiced fully Wednesday. Johnson will play in a tough matchup with the Titans.
Friday, December 20, 2013, 6:35pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (wrist, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Johnson is likely to play in a nice matchup with the Broncos, though he was ineffective in a great matchup against the Colts in Week 15.
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 6:43pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (wrist) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Johnson is likely to play in a nice matchup with the Broncos, though he was ineffective in a great matchup against the Colts in Week 15.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:32pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (wrist) did not practice Wednesday. Johnson is likely to play in a nice matchup with the Broncos, though he was ineffective in a great matchup against the Colts in Week 15.
HC Gary Kubiak said Texans will consider starting Matt Schaub remainder of season. Called him an "unbelievable pro."
This is probably bad news for Andre Johnson, whose production has exploded (especially TDs) since Case Keenum took over at QB.
Browns HC Rob Chudzinski: Jason Campbell cleared to practice.
This is great news for Josh Gordon owners, who can start him with confidence provided Campbell doesn't have a setback during the week. CB Aqib Talib is a tough matchup, but he's been banged up all season and Andre Johnson posted 8-121 on the Patriots last week.
Friday, October 18, 2013, 7:10pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (shin, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 7. AJ should play through the injury, but the Texans will be starting the inexperienced Case Keenum at QB, which makes Johnson a dicey start.
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 6:26pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (shin) took limited practice reps again Thursday. AJ should play through the injury, but the Texans will be starting Case Keenum at QB, which makes Johnson a dicey start.
QB Case Keenum will start for the Texans on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Texans coach Gary Kubiak announced his decision after ruling out Matt Schaub, who is recovering from an ankle and foot injury. "We're struggling and we're looking for a spark," Kubiak said, adding that Keenum deserves the chance.
It's bad news for the Texans' pass offense that Schaub won't be healthy enough to play. Keenum was undrafted, but had three very productive seasons at Houston, throwing for an average of 5,440 yards and 45.3 TDs in his final three (full) seasons in college. He's largely unknown on the NFL level, which makes Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins and Garrett Graham dicey starts against the Chiefs.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 6:42pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (shin) took limited practice reps Wednesday. AJ should play through the injury, but the Texans need to get their QB situation sorted.