Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson turns 32-years-old later this week and his critics say he’s on the decline. This despite the fact that Johnson finished last season with 1,598 receiving yards, second only to Megatron’s record-setting year in Detroit.
Johnson has been one of the most productive players in the league during his 10-year career. He’s been consistently mentioned among the best receivers in the league, even when the Texans were dreadful during the beginning of his career.
But Len Pasquarelli from the National Football Post reported that opponents have pointed out that Johnson has “lost perhaps a half-step, and isn’t as explosive.” That’s a stunning statement in the wake of Johnson’s 6 100-yard plus receiving games lat season.
The former Miami Hurricane stands six-feet-three-inches tall and weighs in at 230 pounds. He also possesses elite pass-catching ability and is known for running disciplined routes. Johnson’s game isn’t built around speed or “half-steps,” so this report should do little to sway fantasy owners away from him.
Johnson has recoded more than 1,000 receiving yards in more than half his seasons in the NFL, including last year. Even though Johnson recorded only four touchdowns last year, his nearly 1,600 yard performance yielded massive results for players in PPR leagues.
The lowest yardage total Johnson has amassed in a season where he played every game was his rookie year, and he still managed 976 yards on 66 catches. Johnson even broke the 1,000-yard mark in 2010 — when he only played 13 games.
Overall, speed is important in the NFL, but Johnson has produced a spectacular career because of his phenomenal hands, size and strength. He’s still a top-10 wideout and should be considered a No. 1 wide receiver option in every fantasy format.