Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
|WR - #15||40.51||HOU||Active||12 years||33||6'3||230||@johnson80|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-27-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
Even at 33 years old, nobody is questioning Andre Johnson's talents. The former third overall pick out of "Da U" is an all-time great and future Hall of Famer. That being said, it may be best to stay away from Johnson this year. There are way too many red flags to draft him. Johnson is currently absent from mandatory camp because he is frustrated with the direction of the organization. He has voiced his opinion often since the draft about how Houston may no longer be the place for him. This is sure not to sit well with new head coach and known disciplinarian Bill O'Brien. This is not what a new regime wants out of its veteran leaders. Also, No. 2 WR DeAndre Hopkins is expected to emerge in the Texans passing game and play a major role. This could possibly cost Johnson some targets. Worst of all is the Texans' quarterback situation, which is also the reason Johnson is so frustrated. The Texans have a slew of backup QBs with the only options being Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage. When the Texans went defense with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, Johnson may have reached his breaking point. Can you blame him? He's been in Houston his whole career and has been the best player on a lot of bad teams. Johnson knows his playing days are numbered and he wants to win now. There is one positive to this whole debacle though. If Johnson gets traded to another team, his fantasy value could skyrocket depending on where he lands. Johnson should be drafted as a low end WR1 as long as his holdout ends sooner rather than later.
CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora has said WR Andre Johnson "showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason. He was showing up all over the field, making one incredible catch in the back of the end zone, staying in bounds and holding on to the ball in a red zone drill."
The "time away from the team" mention relates to when Johnson held out of OTAs in hopes of a trade and then missed a lot of practice time this month because of a hamstring injury.
This is good news as Johnson is a major part of the Texans' offense and may be force-fed the ball even more if RB Arian Foster can't stay healthy. You can expect Johnson to put up WR2 numbers, if not outright WR1 numbers, by the end of the season.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/21 - Texans WR Andre Johnson 'showing no signs of rust'
8/13 - Texans WR Andre Johnson returns to practice
8/3 - RB Arian Foster back out of Texans practice; WR Andre Johnson still sidelined
7/30 - Texans RB Arian Foster returns to practice, WR Andre Johnson does not
7/29 - Texans WR Andre Johnson, RB Arian Foster nursing hamstring injuries
7/27 - Texans WR Andre Johnson looking forward to moving around formation
7/25 - Texans WR Andre Johnson reported to camp today
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|4.08||BFDFantasyFootball.com - AJ at 4.8? Really?|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|3.09||#5 World Ranked - I wanted to go with a high volume WR here after starting with 2 RB's. He's requested a trade but I think he stays in Houston and puts up one more solid season. He won't finish in the top 5 but he's a decent shot to finish as a low end WR1|
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