Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Colts WR Andre Johnson (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Johnson has been a colossal disappointment in his first three weeks with the Colts, and Donte Moncrief is eating his lunch. Johnson is droppable at this point.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm
Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
Colts WR Andre Johnson (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 3. Johnson has had a lackluster start to the season. Donte Moncrief is looking like the WR2 in the offense.
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:16pm
Colts WR Andre Johnson (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Johnson will play this week, but we recommend benching him until he shows us something. Donte Moncrief is looking like the WR2 in the offense.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:12pm
The reasoning, according to the story, is not having Hilton would put more pressure on rookie Phillip Dorsett, who would become the team's third receiver. Dorsett fumbled two punts -- losing one -- and had two receptions for 45 yards against the Bills. Hilton's timetable is up in the air, it's going to depend on how he feels, but some in the organization think he could miss some time, the story said.
Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is moving Johnson all around the Colts offense, lining the seven-time Pro Bowler up both outside and in the slot, more frequently than he did in Houston.
“One of the things that’s allowed Andre to be such a good pro for so long is his ability to focus and pay attention to the details,” Hamilton says.
“He approached joining our team as if he was a rookie. He took copious notes and he was always focus and engaged in meetings. He’s constantly asking questions and he’s working overtime to build a relationship with Andrew Luck and the rest of our guys.”
Moving Johnson around the formation is a way to create mismatches. Johnson is already a mismatch against a lot of corners but seeing him in the slot more could provide a nice option for Luck. The Colts have plenty of talent at the position to allow Johnson to do this, but it sounds like the team is doing what it has to to make Johnson a key part of the passing attack.
Sunday, August 2, 2015, 8:14pm
Some highlights from Colts camp on Sunday:
- Receiver T.Y. Hilton, who could have a new contract with the Colts by Labor Day, highlighted an impressive performance by the offense when he blew by starting cornerback Greg Toler and easily ran underneath a pass thrown by quarterback Andrew Luck to the excitement of the crowd at Anderson University on Sunday.
- Rookie receiver Phillip Dorsett also made a good impression, catching passes in traffic.
- Veteran WR Andre Johnson had consistent hands throughout the session.
- Running back Frank Gore drew one of the loudest ovations when he reached back and snagged a pass thrown behind him from Luck with one hand.
Texans beat writers John McClain and Brian T. Smith discuss the candidates to replace Andre Johnson as the starter opposite DeAndre Hopkins. Smith said that "big picture" Jaelen Strong should be the guy, but Smith asked, "can he make enough of an impression during training camp?" The Texans are looking for consistency from the rookie.
Smith went on to say that Cecil Shorts "looked impressive" in camp, showing "really nice hands" and was the "one guy who truly stood out" at receiver.
Smith doesn't believe that Nate Washington will start, but went on to say that he could "really help this team" with his speed in three-WR sets.
Washington was the player that HC Bill O'Brien singled out, but it sounds like Smith believes that either Shorts or Strong will end up starting opposite of Hopkins. This may be something of a committee throughout the season and the quarterback situation in Houston makes it a dicey proposition to buy into the Texans' pass offense. Still, Strong is worthy of a late-round flier given his 15th round ADP even if he isn't starting Week 1.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 4:17pm
“He’s always had speed, but I think he really developed his hands, his ability to get in and out of breaks, change of direction. You’re getting a heck of a football player and even a better person in Indianapolis.”
He’s not the new wide receiver who many call the best player in Houston Texans franchise history. He’s not the dynamic weapon fresh off his first Pro Bowl appearance. He’s not the first-round draft pick with speed that rivals some of the NFL’s fastest players.
As a 21-year old rookie last season, Moncrief forced his way into the lineup and gave Colts coaches enough of a look to feel just fine in increasing expectations for No. 10.
“Moncrief has big play ability and we saw him do that,” Chuck Pagano said back at the League Meetings in March. “He’s going to have more opportunities going forward.
“He’s got such a high ceiling and room for improvement. The sky’s the limit for him.”
There's no question Moncrief has talent, but rookie Phillip Dorsett is getting a lot of press so far this offseason and he could battle Moncrief for the WR3 spot - assuming T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson are the top two. In a news article from earlier this month, we thought it was possible Johnson, Moncrief, Dorsett and TEs Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener rotate through the other three positions in one running back sets.
This offseason so far reminds me of the Texans offseasons when it was Andre Johnson and a buncha rando wide receivers competing to see who would be starters. No receiver targets in OTAs have been *oh-wow* type guys where you see a particularly positive future for him when they are in the offense longer.
When Colts QB Andrew Luck worked out of a three-receiver formation during Wednesday evening’s work at Lucas Oil Stadium, it primarily was T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson and Donte Moncrief. But rookie Phillip Dorsett is going to cut into somebody’s playing time this season. That might be Moncrief. And it might be either Coby Fleener or Dwayne Allen as Hamilton uses more three-wide alignments than two-tight end formations.
The Colts are loaded with talent, but they can't play everyone all the time. We would expect T.Y. Hilton to play a ton, but Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Dorsett and the two tight ends, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, could rotate through the other three positions in typical one-running back sets.
Colts WR Andre Johnson's late-career change of address has reinvigorated his passion for the game. His mom hears it in his voice. His uncle sees it in his body language. HC Chuck Pagano senses it on the practice field.
For Andre Johnson, football is fun again.
Johnson will likely start opposite T.Y. Hilton. It’s a big upgrade from a quality-of-quarterback standpoint, as he has never played with one as good as Andrew Luck. His targets are likely to take a hit, however. He averaged 9.7 T/G in 2014, while Hilton and Reggie Wayne led the Colts with 8.7 and 7.7 T/G, respectively. So this looks like a case of the targets dropping but the quality of those targets increasing. After finishing in the top 10 (in PPR) in five of his previous six seasons, Johnson finished #28 in 2014. He’s turning 34 this offseason, so it may be foolhardy to expect a huge bounceback season, but low-end WR2 numbers in PPR formats seem reasonable.
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