It’s all right there on film from two years ago. That’s when Darrelle Revis held the Houston Texans wide receiver to just one catch for 7 measly yards in the New York Jets’ 30-27 victory.
Easy enough, right? Well, with Revis out for the season with a torn knee ligament, it will be Cromartie’s job Monday night to cover Johnson when the Jets (2-2) and Texans (4-0) tangle at MetLife Stadium. And, he’s hoping for similar results.
“I’m just studying,” said the Jets cornerback, who has closely reviewed how Revis defended Johnson the last time the teams played. “He’s one of the best receivers in the game. He’s a big, physical receiver that can get in and out of his breaks. He knows how to use his body very well.”
Johnson has shown that over and over throughout his impressive career. He has five seasons of 1,000 yards receiving or more, and is 76 yards shy of 10,000 for his career. If Johnson does it Monday night, he will become the sixth-fastest player in NFL history to accomplish the feat, doing it in his 127th game.
“He reminds me of two great, great players that I was around: Jerry Rice and Rod Smith,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “The biggest comparison there is work habits, but I think the thing that I’m most impressed with Andre for is when I came here, I think Andre might have been in year three. Just to watch, this day and time, for a player to stay the course with an expansion franchise like he did through some very tough times, tells you what he’s all about as a person.”
The stats also show that Johnson has been one of the game’s elite receivers – except against the Jets. In the 2009 season opener, he was also matched against Revis and managed four catches for 35 yards.
“Of course, you know what type of player Darrelle Revis is, so you know that it’s going to be a great challenge,” Johnson said. “I don’t change my preparation just because he’s not playing. I’m going to prepare like I always prepare for anybody. That doesn’t change anything, just because he’s not playing.”