HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Wide receiver Andre Johnson, recently ranked 14th in the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2013, shows no signs of slowing down after a decade in the league. Johnson finished the 2012 season with a 112 receptions, 4 touchdowns, and a career-high 1,598 yards. Johnson’s contribution to the Texans wide receiver corps extends far beyond himself.
“I’m good friends with (DeVier Posey) so I know what Andre did for him and outwardly, to the media, even the local media, it might seem as if Andre is and introvert but he is a great team guy. He’s a great locker room guy and he’s a great guy for young receivers to learn under. It’s not always his physical attributes and they are amazing: height, weight, speed. But now he’s learned the game, he’s become a route runner. He catches the ball in traffic. He can run any route on the field so I think that you don’t have to always do it my way, but it’s based on your personality,” former NFL wide receiver Cris Carter told SportsRadio 610’s MaD Radio on Wednesday.
The Texans drafted DeAndre Hopkins in the first-round of the 2013 NFL draft, hoping that he could complement Johnson and possibly become the team’s number two wide receiver.
“I know kids who have been in that locker room, especially those young receivers, and I know DeAndre. He’s already happy with the relationship he has with Dre,” said Carter.
Johnson is entering his 11th season in the NFL and will be re-united with former Miami teammate Ed Reed, whom he also helped to recruit on behalf of the Texans.
“Dre is what you call a quiet leader and you need a number of these guys. Everyone can’t be yapping like me all the time.” he joked. “You need a number of these guys to make the locker room go.”