After the Andre Johnson saga began back on May 13th, speculation on Andre Johnson’s return to the Texans escalated to a new height when the future Hall of Famer showed up at NRG Stadium earlier this week to get in some cram sessions on Bill O’Brien’s new offense. That speculation ends today.
Andre Johnson reported to NRG Stadium this morning.The Texans best player back w/ the team after missing all of the off season activitIes— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 25, 2014
Sources say Johnson told the Texans on Thursday he would report and he did.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) July 25, 2014
‘Dre is back, y’all.
So what does this mean for the Texans offense? Everything. DeAndre Hopkins and DeVier Posey are fine young receivers, but no NFL safety in his right mind would ever be scared of Ryan Fitzpatrick unless Andre Johnson is catching his passes. The Great One’s presence on the field immediately alleviates pressure on the aforementioned Hopkins and Posey while likely keeping boxes just a hair lighter for the running back quartet of Arian Foster, Andre Brown, Dennis Johnson, and Alfred Blue. When also factoring in the additions of Xavier Su’a-Filo to keep Fitzpatrick upright and the combination of C.J. Fiedorowicz and Jay Prosch to blow open holes for Foster, Houston’s shiny new offense has the chance to be surprisingly potent in 2014. Right tackle and quarterback will continue to be the team’s biggest question marks until proven otherwise, but nobody can deny that there is a lot of exciting talent on the (formerly) worst team in the NFL. That talent pool only gets better with Andre Johnson back in uniform.
Keep it here on BRB during training camp for coverage of every position battle, storyline, and injury (no whammies, no whammies, no whammies) throughout the remainder of July. Welcome to football season, folks.