It was a slow start to the 2012 season for Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, which lead many to believe the one time elite had hit the regression point. Of course, Johnson finished with 112 receptions and a career high in reception yards, 1598 and a career high in yards per game, 99.9.
You’d think, despite the slow start, that with those numbers you’d quiet the doubters – especially your peers.
That doesn’t seem to be the case though as some opponents are suggesting Johnson has lost a bit of game.
But the Texans may need to start looking down the road as well to a future replacement for Johnson, who turns 32 this week. The 10-year veteran still rates among the NFL’s premier wideouts – he started all 16 games in 2012, the first time that has occurred since 2009, and posted 112 catches – and there has been no real discernible drop-off. But some opponents suggest that Johnson has lost perhaps a half-step, and isn’t as explosive. Johnson had only four touchdown catches last season, his fewest since 2002 in a season in which he played at least nine games.