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Andre Johnson – Farewell to ANOTHER Texans legend

Hot on the heels of the news that the leading rusher in Houston Texans history Arian Foster had decided to retire from the NFL, a new week brings the news that the Texans greatest wide receiver has also decided to hang up his cleats. Andre Johnson, who spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the team, had been playing for the Tennessee Titans in 2016, but no doubt inspired by Foster’s decision last week (and maybe in part to his lack of production) he has decided that enough is enough. It brings to an end an incredibly productive career, and takes from the NFL another player from the incredible 2001 Miami Hurricanes roster, a team that is worthy of an essay of its own.
Since entering the league as the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, Johnson has the second most receptions (1062) and no player has more receiving yards than the 14,185 that he garnered. He also finishes his career with 70 receiving scores. 1012 of the catches, 13,597 of the yards and 64 of the touchdowns came in a Texans uniform. His numbers are all the more astonishing when one considers the less than stellar quarterback play he had to endure. He saw 758 targets from Matt Schaub, with an adjusted yards per attempt mark of 8.2 yards, 471 looks from David Carr (5.9), 126 from Sage Rosenfels (6.3) and 102 from Case Keenum (7.7). Despite this list of future Canton residents holding him back, Johnson still managed five seasons with a per game average of more than 90 yards (including four in a row from 2007-10), and seven seasons averaging at least six catches per outing. For most of his career, he was the Texans offense, seeing at least 30% of total team targets in five seasons. In 2012, he finished with 1598 receiving yards, the second best tally for a player who had past his 31st birthday.
While efficiency in “real life” football doesn’t always transfer over to the fantasy side of things, Johnson was a glorious exception. Only Larry Fitzgerald, with 2005.8, has more fantasy points from wide receiver than Johnson since 2003. Johnson finishes with 1834.9. With a per game average of 9.51 fantasy points, he ranks as WR19 since entering the league. Just imagine how good he could have been with an actual quarterback throwing him the ball…

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Neil has been writing about the NFL, and fantasy football specifically, since 2013. He is the fantasy football writer for and has written for UK Endzone, Fantasy Pros, Gridiron Experts and RotoViz. He has appeared on the Gridiron Show and the Woot and Wye podcast, and is co-host of the Waxing Lyrical with Mainz and Dutts podcast. You can follow him on Twitter (@ndutton13), and Instagram.

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