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Andre Johnson | WR
Posted: 3/25/2015 12:07am et
Indianapolis Colts WR Andre Johnson has a backer in head coach Chuck Pagano, and Pagano is not concerned with Johnson's age. 'Watched him on tape, everybody watched him on tape when we knew there was maybe a chance he'd come available. Saw a dominant guy, we know what he went through last season, the circumstances he went through, but he's a force to be reckoned with. You need to do everything you can to make sure he doesn't wreck the game,' Pagano said.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who will turn 34 in July, had a full-season career-low 936 receiving yards last season as DeAndre Hopkins took over the No. 1 WR role in Houston, but expect a statistical resurgence from Johnson catching passes from Andrew Luck -- that's if the WR also catches some good fortune in the health department.

Posted: 3/11/2015 8:55pm et
Free-agent WR Andre Johnson (Texans) is reportedly signing with the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday, March 11.
Huddle Up: Another poorly-kept secret. Johnson gets an upgrade at quarterback, plus he gets to face the team that kicked him to the curb--twice. He may be on the downslope of his career, but with Andrew Luck at quarterback Johnson likely has at least one more fantasy-relevant campaign left.

Posted: 3/9/2015 6:14pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson was officially released Monday, March 9.
Huddle Up: Let the battle begin over the talented veteran wideout. His fantasy value hinges on his landing spot, as he's no longer elite but still brings plenty to the table and in the right situation could be a valuable fantasy contributor.

Posted: 3/9/2015 12:14pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson is expected to be released Monday, March 9, as the team failed to find a match for a trade.
Huddle Up: Looks like the Texans couldn't find any trade takers for Johnson, so they'll cut him loose and let him seek his own deal. While he may no longer be the elite receiver he's been, Johnson can still bring plenty to the fantasy table given the right situation.

Posted: 3/4/2015 12:53pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has asked the team to release him this offseason.
Huddle Up: The early favorite is Indianapolis, but part of the rationale is the University of Miami ties between Johnson and Reggie Wayne--and if the Colts get Johnson they may not have a need for Wayne. The Texans will have trouble trading Johnson and his salary, but there will be no shortage of suitors if he hits free agency.

Posted: 3/3/2015 6:43pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson wants out of Houston, but the Texans may not get much in return for him if he is traded. The Texans already don't want to pay Johnson the $11.5 million he's due next season, which means he would likely be cut unless a team is willing to give up more than he is seemingly worth.
Huddle Up: It's tough to see another team trading for Johnson given that hefty price tag. And if the alternative is for him to be cut and hit free agency, where any team can make a run at him, you'd have to think the other 31 teams--or at least those interested in Johnson's services--will take their chances in a bidding war.

Posted: 3/3/2015 11:49am et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson was asked to accept a reduced role, but he declined and asked to be traded or cut, according to people familiar with the situation.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely that a team will pay a trade price and take on Johnson's $10.5 million base salary, but the 12-year NFL vet still has gas left in the tank and he'll be a hot commodity if he's waived.

Posted: 12/22/2014 10:24am et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson posted six catches for 65 yards in the Week 16 game against the Baltimore Ravens, giving him 1,002 receptions for his career. He is the 10th player in NFL history to accomplish the feat.
Huddle Up: Johnson was targeted a game-high 13 times by QB Case Keenum's 42 throws. That was also a season high target amount. Look for more of the same as the Texans wrap the season up by hosting the Jaguars in Week 17.

Posted: 12/18/2014 2:04pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) has cleared the league's concussion protocol and will play in the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Good news for Johnson's fantasy owners as the WR will return after a one-game absence, but he'll be coming back to a No. 4 QB, likely Case Keenum, at the helm.

Posted: 12/16/2014 10:43am et
The Houston Texans are expected to ask WR Andre Johnson to take a pay cut for future seasons, with an outright release a possibility if he refuses. Johnson will make $10.5 million in 2015 and $11 million in 2016.
Huddle Up: That's a pretty steep salary for a guy who has essentially become a WR2 on a run-first club with quarterback issues. Depending on how steep the cut is, Johnson could hit the open market and become a quality compliment for a team with a better QB situation. Someplace where he scores touchdowns would be nice.

Posted: 12/15/2014 8:28pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion), who sat out in Week 15, is looking good and is expected to play in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: The Texans' new QB will certainly benefit from having the veteran WR back. Just check to make sure Johnson progresses as expected throughout the week and remains on track to play.

Posted: 12/12/2014 5:59pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson is still going through the concussion protocol, and he's listed as questionable for Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts. He was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 12, and head coach Bill O'Brien said a decision on whether Johnson will play this week will likely be made just before game time Sunday, Dec. 14.
Huddle Up: Get a Plan B in place and check in Sunday morning if you have Johnson, but it's not looking too promising at the moment.

Posted: 12/11/2014 10:54pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 11.
Huddle Up: Johnson's Sunday status will be determined by how he fares in the concussion protocol tests Friday. Stay tuned ...

Posted: 12/10/2014 6:20pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 10, and he remains day-to-day as he goes through the league's concussion protocol this week. Head coach Bill O'Brien would not say where Johnson stands in the concussion protocol.
Huddle Up: Nothing new or unexpected here as the WR's fate won't be decided until later in the week.

Posted: 12/8/2014 8:29pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson is day-to-day after suffering a concussion in Week 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. Johnson will need to pass the NFL's concussion protocol if he is to play this week.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs know the drill, and be assured the Texans will be even more anxious have Johnson cleared as they have a crucial AFC South showdown with the Colts looming Sunday.

Posted: 10/29/2014 9:20pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Huddle Up: Johnson is getting a day of rest but he'll be in the starting lineup this week against the Eagles. Johnson hasn't lived up to expectations in 2014 but he's a WR2 versus a struggling Eagles secondary.

Posted: 10/25/2014 10:30pm et
Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said he believes he can improve the performance of the team's offense by making sure WR Andre Johnson receives more touches.
Huddle Up: Johnson's production has fallen off this year, so fantasy owners would love to see him be the target monster he was in previous seasons. That's not going to happen under Bill O'Brien but it would be wise for the Texans to feature Johnson more over the second half of the season. He's a WR2 this week against the Texans.

Posted: 10/21/2014 2:32pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson had five catches for 77 yards in a Week 7 loss Monday, Oct. 20, to move past Hall of Famer Steve Largent and into 14th place on the all-time receiving yards list.
Huddle Up: Johnson is still a low-end WR 2 or flex starter in PPR leagues, but he's had only one scoring reception in his last 14 games dating back to last season and his owners in standard-scoring leagues can hardly be blamed if they've sought out other starting options.

Posted: 10/10/2014 12:13am et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson reached 13,000 career receiving yards in the second quarter of the team's Week 6 game Thursday, Oct. 9, and finished with a season-high 7 catches for 99 yards and a TD. He is the 15th receiver in NFL history to reach the mark, and Jerry Rice is the only player to reach the total faster than Johnson.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who didn't practice this week due to an ankle issue, was targted a game-high 12 times and found the end zone for the first time since Week 10 last season. The only negative was his lost fumble in Indy territory in the fourth quarter, helping the Colts to a 33-28 road win.

Posted: 10/9/2014 8:00pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) is active Thursday, Oct. 9, against the Indianapolis Colts despite not practicing all week.
Huddle Up: Johnson will play on a short week and will be looking for his first TD grab of the season against an Indy secondary that surrenders the fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing WRs.

Posted: 10/7/2014 7:08pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 7. Head coach Bill O'Brien still expects him to play Thursday, Oct. 9, against the Indianapolis Colts.
Huddle Up: Expect Johnson to play, but keep your fantasy hopes realistic given the emergence of second-year WR DeAndre Hopkins and a matchup against a tough Indy pass defense which has allowed the sixth fewest fantasy points to opposing WRs.

Posted: 10/7/2014 12:50am et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) missed practice Monday, Oct. 6.
Huddle Up: It's a practice the day after a game on a short week so no real concern for now.

Posted: 10/4/2014 8:16pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) is expected to play in Week 5, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Johnson didn't practice on Friday but the veteran is expected to suit up on Sunday against the Cowboys. Johnson hasn't scored yet this season but still comes in as a WR2 this week if he's in the lineup.

Posted: 9/24/2014 8:40pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Johnson is dealing with an ankle injury but he's expected to be in the lineup Sunday against Buffalo. He can be counted on as a WR2 this week.

Posted: 8/21/2014 10:25am et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason. Johnson had an impressive practice during joint workouts with the Denver Broncos Wednesday, Aug. 20. 'He's a big part of what we're doing here,' head coach Bill O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: Johnson remains the primary playmaker in the Houston passing game; problem is, Ryan Fitzpatrick is still the Texans' best option at quarterback and that could hinder Johnson's fantasy prospects.

Posted: 8/13/2014 10:30am et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: After getting shut out in the exhibition opener, the Texans are finally getting some of their offensive weapons back. No reason to overwork AJ in the preseason, but at least he'll get some work in with Houston's QB-of-the-moment Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Posted: 8/12/2014 8:21pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) did not practice again Tuesday, Aug. 12. Head coach Bill O'Brien hoped Johnson would return to practice at some point this week.
Huddle Up: The combination of Johnson's acting-up hammy and the questions swirling around the Texans' new offense and QB, have dropped Johnson's draft stock to the fourth or fifth round (ADP of 45.66) in 10- and 12-team leagues. O'Brien and the Texans are holding out hope that the wideout will be able to play Saturday in the team's home preseason opener against the Falcons.

Posted: 8/7/2014 4:10pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) has been ruled out of the team's first preseason game by head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: The good news for Johnson's fantasy owners is that the wideout reported to camp on time. The bad news, though, is that the WR's hammy started acting up soon after, and that could mean trouble given his injury track record. Something to definitely keep an eye on.

Posted: 7/29/2014 5:59pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson left practice Tuesday, July 29, with a strained hamstring.
Huddle Up: This was reported as an early-camp strain and nothing more at this point, but it immediately conjures up painful memories of the WR's hammy-hampered 2011 campaign (7 games) in which he recorded career lows across the board with 33 catches, 492 yards and 2 TDs.

Posted: 7/26/2014 12:46pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson said 'That's the plan' when asked if he wants to finish his career with the team. He feels confident with the direction of the team after meeting with the front office. Johnson ended his holdout this week.
Huddle Up: Sounds like AJ is far from holding out. But he'll be breaking in a new quarterback and a new system and has DeAndre Hopkins nipping at his heels, so he's also moving the wrong direction from his days as an elite fantasy receiver.

Posted: 7/25/2014 9:48am et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has reported to camp Friday, July 25. The two sides are still in contact about an extension.
Huddle Up: There was some talk about AJ holding out, but he'll work on negotiating a new deal while honoring his old one.

Posted: 7/22/2014 6:56pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson visited the team facility Monday, July 21. Johnson has visited the facility a few times this offseason. According to a league source, it does not mean Johnson will report to camp on time.
Huddle Up: Hey, it's better than not being seen or heard from at all, but the next key date is Friday when the Texans are scheduled to report to camp. The team's first workout is the following day.

Posted: 7/11/2014 12:11am et
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie shares an agent with Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson. The connection could make Oakland a possible landing spot for the disgruntled receiver, according to Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: The Raiders could certainly use a top-level wideout after lacking one for years, and it would bring about a reunion with former-Texans' QB Matt Schaub. Still, even if the Raiders are one of the interested teams, an unnamed source is reporting that there also are three others. All this speculation, however, is just that as everything is contingent on the situation between the Texans and the disgruntled wideout reaching the trade stage in the first place.

Posted: 7/9/2014 9:35pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson said he is still unsure if he will be with the team in Week 1.
Huddle Up: We knew AJ wasn't thrilled about the Houston rebuilding project, but if he's going to take his ball and go home his fantasy value takes an even bigger hit than simply being saddled with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his quarterback.

Posted: 6/17/2014 7:23pm et
As expected, Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson was not at the team's mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 17.
Huddle Up: Johnson hasn't been at any of the Texans' offseason workouts as he ponders his future with the franchise. Meanwhile, it's put the veteran WR behind in learning the team's new offense, but head coach Bill O'Brien doesn't seem too concerned. "I believe based on the different systems that he's been in that he'd be able to pick up on our system," O'Brien told the Associated Press. "He's a bright guy, a very bright guy and a guy that's done a lot in this league. So I think he'd be able to figure it out."

Posted: 5/27/2014 9:04pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson was not present at the team's organized team activities Tuesday, May 27. The team had said talks with Johnson about his future were positive.
Huddle Up: True to his word, the unhappy Johnson is staying away from off-season workouts, but things won't start getting serious until we start talking about missed training camp time.

Posted: 5/22/2014 10:41pm et
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith have been in contact with WR Andre Johnson to try to ease his concerns and get him to show up to offseason activities.
Huddle Up: Clearly the best solution for the Texans is to convince the All-Pro to stay as trading him would result in a sizable cap hit and would leave the team's WR corps without a proven commodity.

Posted: 5/19/2014 12:51am et
The Baltimore Ravens are not likely to pick up WR Andre Johnson from the Houston Texans. Rumors began circulating because Gary Kubiak, Johnson's old coach in Houston, is now with the Ravens.
Huddle Up: Johnson could very well be dealt somewhere, but Baltimore does seem to be a longshot and already has its own, current former Texans' wideout in Jacoby Jones.

Posted: 5/17/2014 12:33pm et
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said he has tons of respect for WR Andre Johnson, and the talks the two have had recently have been very positive. Johnson hasn't attended the team's voluntary offseason workouts and didn't show up for the voluntary minicamp last week, either. He doesn't plan on attending the team's organized team activities or the mandatory minicamp next month as he wonders if Houston is the place for him now.
Huddle Up: With the Texans apparently in rebuilding mode, and devoid of experience at quarterback, you can't blame AJ for his concern. He'll flex his veteran muscles by not showing up for offseason activities, but there's no reason to think his absence extends into training camp or when the games start to count.

Posted: 5/15/2014 8:18pm et
The New England Patriots would likely kick the tires on a potential trade for Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson, in the opinion of Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, because the Patriots discuss everyone.
Huddle Up: The question is who wouldn't be interested in Johnson, who's topped 100 catches in 4 of the last 6 seasons and 1,200 receiving yards in 5 of the past 6 campaigns? The Pats, though, are especially WR-needy having done little to address their outside-the-numbers question other than signing Brandon LaFell (Panthers).

Posted: 5/13/2014 6:19pm et
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has been wondering if the Texans are the place for him moving forward. Johnson has no plans to attend organized team activities or minicamp at this point.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who will turn 33 in July, insists his unhappiness isn't about his contract, but rather that he's closer to the end rather than the beginning with a rebuilding offense led -- for now -- by journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. We'll see if the Texans want to patch things up or are open to dealing the 7-time Pro Bowler, who had his 5th 100-catch season this past season with 109 grabs for 1,407 yards and 5 TDs.