Johnson punches 3rd AFC South ticket

Andre Johnson has signed with the Tennessee Titans. Aged 35 and coming off the back of a lacklustre season in Indianapolis, Johnson has signed what is believed a two-year deal in Nashville.

He signed in Indy after a 12-year run with Houston, where he played at a Hall of Fame level and is one of the best players in Texans history. Though he was supposed to provide veteran savvy to a dynamic wide receiver cor catching balls from Andrew Luck, he provided plenty of veteran but little savvy (oof, that’s terrible. I like it) as the offence played poorly all season. Finishing with 41 catches for 503 yards, Johnson was cut by Indy this offseason.

He joins a crowded but unexceptional group of wide-outs in Tennessee and early suggestions are that he will simply be playing for a roster spot. You would think that if he has some juice left in the tank he could oust guys like Harry Douglas for the WR4 slot. His work ethic and attitude could also be valuable for someone like Dorial Green-Beckham who the Titans need to make strides this season if they are to improve. Johnson’s lack of contribution to special teams could hinder his chances though.

At his peak, Johnson was a big-bodied target who could wrestle the ball from the air and beat out taller, quicker cornerbacks through sheer strength and anticipation. Little of that was seen in his lost season last year but he sits eighth in the NFL in career receptions and ninth in yardage with over 14,000 yards. These are mighty impressive stats and Johnson has been a beast to watch through his career. But he could be clinging to a roster spot through camp and find himself out of work if he doesn’t perform.

It’s a move with little risk and plenty of possible upside for a Titans team that must get better this season.

For fantasy fans, do not adjust your regularly scheduled programming, this shouldn’t be on your radar.

Gareth Duxbury enjoys football both American and Association. Follows Washington in the former, Sheffield Wednesday in the latter. His love of QB play only topped by his fandom of Inside Linebackers. He tweets from

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