Tag:Andre Johnson
Posted on: September 26, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: September 26, 2010 12:51 pm
 

AFC inactives, Week 3

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who are active: Texans WR Andre Johnson, who had been questionable with an ankle injury; Patriots LB Brandon Spikes, who was a late add Saturday to New England’s injury report but was listed as probable; WR Joshua Cribbs, who hurt his ankle at practice Wednesday; and Baltimore CB Cary Williams, who has finished serving his two-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Tyson Jackson, Chiefs, DE: This is the second week in a row Jackson has been out, dealing with a knee injury suffered in the first game of the season. This isn’t terrible news for Kansas City. Although he was the No. 3 overall pick last season, Jackson has done next to nothing on the field thus far.

Adam Jones, Bengals, CB: He’s been better than expected this season, but his shoulder is banged up. Expect second-year CB Morgan Trent to get much more playing time as the third CB.

Antwan Odom, Bengals, DE: He was supposed to play today as he appeals his four-game suspension for violating the performance enhancing drug policy. But he’s not on the 45-man gameday roster with a wrist injury.

Jerome Harrison, Browns, RB:
This probably won't phase coach Eric Mangini much, because, for some reason, he doesn't like seeing Harrison, who's got a thigh injury, on the field. But now that Peyton Hillis and James Davis will get the carries, it's hard not to see Cleveland struggle in the running game.

Jake Delhomme, Browns, QB:
This was expected. But it's still important nonetheless. Especially since that means Seneca Wallace will get another start.

Brian Robiskie, Browns, WR: With three important pieces of Cleveland's offense out of today's game, it could get ugly today vs. Baltimore.

Terrence Cody, Ravens, NT:
Even though he practiced all week and wasn't on the injury list, Baltimore still decided to deactivate the rookie.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 9:39 am
Edited on: October 1, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Five Questions (or more) with Kevin Walter

K. Walter has made a big impact on the Houston receiving corps (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Kevin Walter might be one of the more underrated receivers in the NFL. Perhaps it’s because he was an afterthought in the 2003 Draft when the Giants took him in the seventh round and promptly released him. Perhaps it’s because, though he was solid in special teams with the Bengals, he never caught more than 19 passes a season during his three years in Cincinnati.

But after he left for Houston, Walter has showcased his potential. In the past three full seasons, he’s combined for 178 catches, and he showed how important he is last Sunday in the Texans overtime come-from-behind victory vs. the Redskins when QB Matt Schaub turned to him when Andre Johnson went out temporarily with an injury. He finished with 11 catches for 144 yards and a TD and was a big reason the Texans beat Washington.

We talked to him this week about his career and about how much his older brother beating him up affected his football career.

Previous Five Questions (or more) With …:

Sept. 17: John Thornton

Sept. 11: Leon Washington

1. CBSSports.com: Going into the season, there had been so much talk about Houston’s 1-15 record against the Colts. How big a game was that for you guys, and how do you not let one game overshadow the rest of the season when you’re actually preparing for the season?

Kevin Walter: No matter who it was against, it was going to be a big game, because it was the opening game and it was at our place. It was a huge game against Indy because they had owned the division the past few years. During our offseason, we talked about why can’t it be us, instead of the Colts or Tennessee or Jacksonville? Why can’t it be us? We knew it started with us executing and getting the job done.

CBS: Now that you’ve actually won, did that dispel some of the doubts that maybe you had? Or the doubts that other people had about whether you could pull that off?

Walter: People are going to doubt us all year. We haven’t been to the playoffs the whole time we’ve been here.  People will still doubt us. People will think these first two wins were flukes. That’s OK. We don’t care what people think. We care what people in this organization think. We’re doing a heck of a job.

2. CBS: So, what about Washington? You guys fell behind 27-10, and in the past, that seems like a game where you don’t come back and you just lose. I think people would have doubted you again if you had lost that game. But you guys did come back and you actually won the game.

Walter:
In previous years, we would have found a way to lose the game. This year, we’re finding ways to win that game. This is a new year. We stress that. We’re out there for 60 minutes, and we never give up. We were down 17 points, and we were fighting back all game. No one probably believed we were going to win that game, but we weren’t bummed out. We knew the offense was getting the ball in the second half.

CBS: How much does Gary Kubiak play in it? Every year he’s on the hot seat, because every year, you guys don’t make the playoffs. How much would it mean to you guys to get him to the playoffs?

Walter:
You want to play for Coach. We told Coach we were there to play for this organization, but he’s the type of coach you want to go out and bust your tail for. He takes care of us. He’s been in the Super Bowl. He’s been in the league for a long time. We’re out there playing for him.

Walter 3. CBS:
Speaking of never giving up, the same could be applied to you. I was working for the Cincinnati Post when you were with the Bengals, and you didn’t play a significant role on offense. But now you’re a 60-catch-a-year guy. Why did it take five years into your career for that ability to show up?

Walter: When I got the in league, I was a seventh-round pick by the Giants. I was cut, and I got to Cincinnati and I was on the practice squad for five weeks and then I played 11 games my rookie year. We had some great receivers in Cincinnati. Peter Warrick was there at the time, and Chad (Ochocinco) was there, and (T.J.) Houshmandzadeh was there. We had some guys. My niche was doing whatever role they wanted me to do. I played all four phases on special teams. But it was also about working on your craft. I was OK with that. I knew my role, but it was about getting better for each of the roles you had.

CBS:
But you must have thought that on another team, you could have a different role. Did you think you would ever showcase the potential you must have known that you had?

Walter:
When you’re in the league, you want to play. If you’re a receiver, you want to start. You go make plays and do the things you know you can do. But since I was a late-round pick, that shows you that you have to get your foot in the door. You have to know your role. I knew I wasn’t going to catch 60 balls my first three years. But when you’re the fourth receiver and then you get the opportunity to start, you better take advantage of it.

CBS: Andre Johnson overshadows every other WR in the league, not just on his team. But last week, after he went out with an injury, the coaches turned to you. How great was that for you to show that you could carry the load when the top receiver isn’t in there?

Walter:
I’m ready for as many opportunities as they want to give to me. Whether it’s one catch a game or 11 catches, like it was last week. They know I’m ready to help out. When ‘Dre went down, we all needed to pick it up. He leaves a big void out there if he’s not there. We need him out there. But everyone made plays. We all made mistakes, but you know what? Everyone that made mistakes also made plays. That’s all that counts.

4. CBS: I read somewhere that when Ochocinco did his stunt after one of his touchdown catches a few years ago – the one where he putted the ball with the end zone pylon – that was your idea. That true?

Walter:
Yeah, I told Chad about that. We were sitting in the receiver's room, and I had mentioned that. We’d always sit in that room and talk about what he could do for celebrations. That was one of the ideas. And he did that the next week, I think.

CBS: What was your reaction?

Walter: I laughed. It was a lot of fun to see that. People might think he’s a showboat, but he backs everything up and he works so hard in practice.

5. CBS:
OK, I know you have an older brother. How much did that influence your athletic career because I assume you were constantly getting picked on and because, compared to him, you were a runt? Did that impact your career?

Walter: It challenged me a lot. He’s six years older than me, and him and his buddies always picked on me when I was younger. We played football in the snow in Chicago. He was bigger than I was, and he took it to me pretty good.

CBS: Do you beat him in things now?

Walter:
Oh yeah. He was a golf pro for many years in Chicago and Jacksonville, I play golf all the time in the offseason. He was a real good golfer, but I beat him in golf all the time now. And he hates that. Hey, if he wants to challenge me to a fight … well, he doesn’t want to do that anymore.

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 6:54 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 6:59 pm
 

Andre Johnson picks up 600th career catch

Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier in the Texans-Redskins game, Andre Johnson crossed the 8,000 yard threshold for his career . Then he injured his ankle and left the game, only to return a short while later .

Just in time, it turns out, to pick up his 600th career catch on a 29-yard pass across the middle from Matt Schaub.

Five plays later, Johnson picked up No. 601, which he'll probably consider more important, because it was a game-tying 34-yard touchdown pass from Schaub on a 4th and 10 that Houston desperately needed.

Johnson becomes the 50th person in NFL history to cross the 600-catch barrier with his 11-catch (so far) game, as he's hopped Anquan Boldin on the all-time list and, provided he continues to produce at the rate he has thus far, will probably pass a few more people as well.
Category: NFL
Posted on: September 19, 2010 6:27 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 6:55 pm
 

Andre Johnson leaves HOU-WAS game

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Houston star WR Andre Johnson limped off the field with an apparent foot injury in the third quarter of the Texans game vs. Washington, and he has not returned to the game.

Johnson was battling with Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall along the sideline, and a pass from Matt Schaub thrown toward Johnson fell incomplete. That’s apparently when Johnson hurt himself, and he gingerly walked off the field.

After a TD catch by Kevin Walter, CBS cameras showed Houston trainers examining Johnson's right foot, and a few minutes later, trainers were retaping his ankle as he put back on his shoe.

But then early in the fourth quarter, Johnson walked to the locker room. So, it’s not looking good for the Texans. 

UPDATE:
Johnson returned to the game midway through the fourth quarter. He ran two plays but wasn't targeted by Schaub before the Texans punted.

UPDATE II:
I guess Johnson is healthy. He outleapt Washington's Reed Doughty for the game-tying 34-yard TD with 2:03 to go in the game.

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 5:01 pm
 

Andre Johnson passes 8,000 career receiving yards

Posted by Will Brinson

Andre Johnson headed into Sunday's game at Washington needing 19 more yards to eclipse the 8,000 yard mark for his career. Though he was held catchless on the Texans' first series, he quickly picked up an 18-yard reception from Matt Schaub on their second drive and then passed the mark on a second down shortly thereafter with a 14-yard reception that helped setup Houston for a Jacoby Jones TD.

Johnson becomes the 76th player to haul in 8k worth of yardage in his career, and given the prolific nature with which he's picked up catches and yardage since entering the league, it's no stretch to say that we'll be talking about 9,000 soon as well. (Or 10,000 for that matter.)

He's arguably the most elite receiving talent in the NFL right now (Larry Fitzgerald is the only other freakishly athletic receiver with the same set of skills) and even though Johnson's contract situation was a bit tenuous this offseason, there's a very good reason why Houston was so willing to give him as much money as necessary in order to get him on the field and ready to help them make a playoff push this season.

That reason: he's a Hall of Fame-worthy receiver (if he keeps up his current career pace) and one of the most amazing talents in the NFL.
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Posted on: August 6, 2010 4:32 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 4:56 pm
 

New details on Andre Johnson's contract

Andre Johnson signed a new deal with the Texans on Thursday -- which Lauren Shehadi and I discussed on our "Around the NFL" video segment Friday -- that makes him a very rich man.

There's an odd nature to Johnson's contract, because it was so poorly negotiated in its original inception, in that his guaranteed money is a bit off-kilter. NFL.com's Jason LaCanfora reported Friday afternoon that there's even more reason to be curious -- turns out that Johnson's contract is heavily incentive-laden, according to "a league source who has seen the contract."

Nothing changes from the $38.5 million overall and $13 million guaranteed (for the extension), but it appears as if the $73.5 million figure for the entire length of the contract isn't entirely locked down.

In fact, the contract will be partially based on Johnson's ability to reach particular goals. The Texans established thresholds whereby Johnson must rank in the top-5 or 10 of four categories: receiving yards, receptions, touchdowns and average yards per catch.

He must do so in just one of the categories in each season of the length of the contract.
There are three tiers to the contract. If Johnson hits none of the new thresholds, he would earn $62.7 million over seven years ($8.9 million per year). If he hits the top-10 tier he would earn $68.5 million over seven years ($9.7 million average), and if he hits the top-5 tier the then the max is $73.5 million ($10.5 million per year). Johnson's a reasonably good bet to unlock those -- he led the league in receiving yards in 2009 (and 2008) and finished top five in receptions and yards per catch in 2009.

Still, there are a few problems that could (hypothetically) arise. There's the issue of a scenario where the Texans cruise to the playoffs with several weeks to go and try to rest their starters (highly unlikely in the same division as the Colts) and the ever-devastating Matt Schaub injury (certainly not out of the question). Although with the latter, Johnson could certainly still hit top-5 in at least one of those categories.

Also included in the contract are workout provisions that amount to what LaCanfora reports is "a maximum of $1 million per year" which Johnson can only unlock by participating in 90 percent of the Texans' offseason workout program. By including that clause, it's less likely that Johnson will hold out/demand a new deal with five years remaining on his contract. Again.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 3:38 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 3:42 pm
 

Andre Johnson gets 2-year extension

Posted by Will Brinson

We mentioned earlier today that Andre Johnson and the Texans were close to an agreement that would make Johnson the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.

Well, that deal has happened , and now Johnson is getting straight paid -- to the tune of about $10.5 million per year.

According to John McLain of the Houston Chronicle , Johnson and the Texans have agreed to a two-year extension that's worth $38.5 million, including $13 million guaranteed.

So, yes, that means that Johnson now has SEVEN years remaining on his contract, for a total of $73.5 million.

"This will make him a Texan for life," Texans general manager Rick Smith said.

Indeed it will. Naturally, Johnson was fairly thrilled about the news as well.

"Today, I’m very happy that we were able to get everything settled, and I can move forward with football,” Johnson said.

Given Johnson's production over the past two seasons (101 catches, 1,569 yards, nine TDs in 2009 and 115/1,575/8 in 2008), it's pretty hard to argue that the Texans can actually overspend on the wideout.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 9:35 am
Edited on: August 5, 2010 9:37 am
 

Andre Johnson, Texans 'close' on new deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Andre Johnson, one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, is pretty well paid (he'll make $5.8 million this year). But despite having FIVE (!) years left on a $60 million, eight-year deal, Johnson voiced a complaint about wanting a new deal when he skipped the team's first voluntary workouts in May.

However, Texans GM Rick Smith said at the time that he'd be willing to discuss a new deal with Johnson's camp. And now it appears, provided negotiations underway between Johnson's camp and the Texans don't fall through, that Johnson will become the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, according to John McLain of the Houston Chronicle .

The Texans are reportedly "close" to a deal, and owner Bob McNair, according to McLain's source, expects to have a deal locked in within the next two weeks, although it could be done sooner.

At that point, Johnson will be the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. That's great for him, but it's fairly annoying for the rest of the world. As our own Mike Freeman pointed out back in May , Johnson inked his eight-year/$60 million deal with the aide of his agent Andre Melton ... who also happens to be his uncle.

Obviously $60 million is a chunk of cheddar, but it's not -- at least over the course of an eight-year deal -- equivalent to what Johnson is worth given his talent respective to the rest of people at his position. (After all, he was the clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver in our rankings earlier this year.)

And while it's "fair" and whatnot that Johnson, the most talented at his position, would be the best-paid of all wideouts, it's irritating that someone who had his uncle negotiate a deal would decide, less than halfway through said deal, that he wanted to get real paid. And then get what he wants.

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