Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
|WR - #15||49.17||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.
Here's something to really pay attention to: The Texans have been in camp for three days, and wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster are already hurt.
Specifically, both have hamstring injuries. Johnson injured his right hamstring while diving for a pass during Monday's practice. Foster hasn't practiced since leaving Sunday's session early.
Johnson said his hamstring is just "a little tight" and is not worried about it. Neither is head coach Bill O'Brien, who referred to the injuries as minor.
"Those guys have played a lot of football," O'Brien said. "We'll make sure we do a good job of managing them through the season."
However, both players have suffered well-publicized hamstring injuries in the past few years that have forced them to miss multiple games. Foster has had a hamstring injury in each season since 2011, and Johnson may have been more susceptible to such a soft-tissue injury after holding out of OTAs and minicamp. He's also 33 years old, so, you know, age.
We'll pass along an update when it warrants. Draft these two per usual for now.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/29 - 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
7/22 - UPDATE: Texans WR Andre Johnson expected to be at training camp on time
7/14 - Texans beat writer: WR Andre Johnson will not be traded
7/10 - Report: Texans WR Andre Johnson has requested a trade, 4 teams interested
7/9 - Texans WR Andre Johnson says he hopes to attend training camp
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|3.08||FFToolbox - Brian Murphy - If I had been enjoying a beverage during this draft, I would have done a spit-take upon seeing that Andre Johnson was available after 31 picks in a PPR draft. He's getting up there in age, and it's fine to still worry about his hamstrings. But after he was so dominant for much of last season, it's improper to expect another round of misfortune. This was a straight steal.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|2.07||World Ranked Player #26 - Andre barring health is a top 5 WR. He will approach 100 receptions and in a league you have to start 3 WRs and up to 5 figured it was a good selection to get a WR anchor.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|3.12||Bruno Boys - As with my earlier picks the idea here was to pick against the grain. After only one wide receiver went during the 12 prior picks, the value was there. It was a complete surprise to see someone like Andre Johnson still out there. He has been going before the 4th round in 2 starting WR formats so there is no way he should have fell to me there in a 3WR format. The addition of DeAndre Hopkins to the offense will likely free Johnson up for even more opportunities. The wear on Foster makes it likely the Texans will shift towards the pass in 2013. Getting a legitimate top 8 WR here is just another example of the benefits of waiting on WR this season.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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