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. His arrival puts a big dent in Donte Moncrief's prospects.
Johnson is turning 34 this summer but can still play a big role in a good passing offense. He should have several suitors as free agency wears on. He'll leave behind DeAndre Hopkins, who finished as the #14 WR in both standard and PPR formats even though the Texans’ quarterbacks finished 17th in both touchdowns thrown and yards per attempt. Assuming the team gets similar play from the position in 2015, Hopkins should continue to produce solid to high-end WR2 numbers. His targets should increase with the team’s decision to release Johnson.
Johnson finished #28 in PPR formats in 2014 after finishing in the top 10 in five of the previous six seasons. His departure would be a downgrade for the entire offense, though DeAndre Hopkins would likely see an increase from the 127 targets that came his way last season.
Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins had 76 catches for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns and his numbers would have been even better if he hadn’t slumped to the finish line with two catches for five yards in Week 17. Hopkins had a decent excuse for the poor finish to the year, though.
He was listed on the injury report with a wrist injury and revealed during an interview with Sports Radio 610 in Houston that he had surgery to repair a torn ligament after the season. Hopkins said that he had a pin and rod inserted into the wrist that was set to be removed on Saturday and that he expects to get back to regular activities in a couple of weeks.
Hopkins finished as the #14 WR in both standard and PPR formats even though the Texans’ quarterbacks finished 17th in both touchdowns thrown and yards per attempt. Assuming the team gets similar play from the position in 2015, Hopkins should continue to produce solid to high-end WR2 numbers even though he continues to play second-fiddle to Andre Johnson in the passing game.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Johnson will be fine for a must win game against Jacksonville.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 16. The team is calling him day-to-day and consider him a game-time decision. Houston plays early on Sunday. If he’s out, which seems likely at this point, Andre Johnson would be heavily targeted and a top 25 play.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion, probable) missed practice Friday after taking full reps Thursday and is probable for Week 16. Johnson has been cleared to play and will make his return this week in a nice matchup with Baltimore, though the Houston QB situation is in flux. Case Keenum will reportedly get the start. If that’s the case, there is some reason for optimism as Johnson averaged 6.9 catches for 100 yards and 0.6 TD in the eight games in which Keenum played last season. If DeAndre Hopkins is out, Johnson would be a target hog, but he’d also be the primary focus of the Baltimore pass defense.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Johnson has been cleared to play and will make his return this week in a nice matchup with Baltimore, though the Houston QB situation is dire. Case Keenum will reportedly get the start. If that’s the case, there is some reason for optimism as Johnson averaged 6.9 catches for 100 yards and 0.6 TD in the eight games in which Keenum played last season.
The Texans can go with Case Keenum, who was signed this week off of the St. Louis Rams practice squad and went 0-8 as a starter for the Texans last season, or they can start mobile former Buffalo Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.
"We're not going to publicly name who's starting," O'Brien said during a conference call with Baltimore reporters Wednesday. "We'll let everybody see that when the game starts."
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It appears that Johnson will make his return this week in a nice matchup with Baltimore, though the Houston QB situation is dire. Thad Lewis or Case Keenum will get the start. If it’s Keenum, there is some reason for optimism as Johnson averaged 6.9 catches for 100 yards and 0.6 TD in the eight games in which Keenum played last season.
“I think he feels better today,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. “Looks like we would have Andre Johnson back for Sunday.”
On December 7, Johnson suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit in Jacksonville. After failing to clear the league’s concussion protocol, Johnson was inactive in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Colts. Week 16's matchup actually isn't a bad one as the Ravens are 28th in allowing fantasy points to WRs. But the Texans QB situation is very much up in the air right now and will likely limit Johnson's value this week.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15. We should have final word by Saturday. Right now, Johnson looks very iffy to face Indianapolis, but he’s a veteran who could play without practicing at all during the week.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Houston hasn’t ruled him out, but he’s going to have to advance through the league’s concussion protocol quickly if he’s going to play against Indianapolis.
Davis practiced Wednesday, albeit with a non-contact red jersey, because he's still going through the NFL's concussion protocol. He missed last weekend's game against the Cleveland Browns because he still hadn't been cleared from the concussion suffered against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 30. The plan, according to coach Chuck Pagano, is for Davis to practice again Thursday.
This is important because it will impact the Houston receivers. Davis covered Andre Johnson for most of the previous matchup, but that was before Hopkins established himself as the Texans' top receiver. Johnson is recovering from his own concussion and is iffy for Sunday. if he's out, Davis will very likely spend a lot of time covering Hopkins.
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