It is no secret that Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson has been outstanding ever since he made his NFL debut in 2003. Even when he played on some terrible teams, he still managed to be one of the best receivers in the game. The Texans are on the verge of reaching the highest point in the league, but they will need Johnson to be productive once again if they want to succeed in 2013.
The 32-year-old hauled in 112 receptions for a career-high 1,598 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games last season. He also managed to catch 12 passes for 157 yards in two postseason contests.
“Andre’s returning from a great year that he had last season,” wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey said, according to HoustonTexans.com. “He excelled and was able to stay healthy, and he made the plays we all know he’s capable of making week in and week out.”
Houston is hoping Johnson will be able to stay healthy in 2013 so that he can set an example on and off the field for the other wide receivers. His desire to win and ultimately bring home a Super Bowl is what motivates the rest of the team to raise their level of play. When he makes unbelievable catches and breaks tackles in the open field, it shows first-hand what needs to be accomplished to be successful.
“This is probably the best he’s felt, he said, in several years and it’s showing,” Kirksey told HoustonTexans.com. “The fire’s still burning inside of him, and he feels he can still compete and be one of the top two, three receivers in the league. I feel the same way.
“He’s one of those gifted athletes that has size, speed, and playing strength. With the work ethic and the demeanor he brings to work every day, he wants to win a championship and that’s all within reach.”