Cary Williams didn’t know what the issue was, but something didn’t look right to him with Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson.
After the Texans 31-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at NRG Stadium on Sunday, Williams, the outspoken and enigmatic Eagles cornerback said the future Hall of Famer wasn’t the player he’d seen five times prior.
“He’s not the same guy,” Williams said. “Not the same guy.”
In his 12th NFL season, Johnson, 33, leads the Texans with 48 catches and is second behind wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins with 563 yards and one touchdown.
It’s a pace that’s well below his usual production, as Johnson has topped 100 catches and 1,200 yards in four of the last five seasons.
After spending the afternoon shadowing Johnson, who had only two catches on seven targets for 12 yards Sunday, Williams said something looked different.
Not so much Johnson’s ability, but his attitude.
“I don’t know if he’s happy,” Williams said. “I”m not sure. I know he had some disputes before the season in a couple years now.
“But I know Andre Johnson. I know what he’s done over his career. Just the attitude. It just wasn’t the same.
“He’s a great player. I’m not sure if he was happy or anything like that. But I know that was a different Andre than I know.”
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