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Andre Johnson looks regular-season ready

Andre Johnson,  Patrick Willis AP

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson missed the first week of practice and Houston’s preseason opener due to a groin injury. This was somewhat concerning because Johnson is no longer a spring chicken at age 31, and he’s missed 12 games due to injury over the past two seasons.

But Johnson started Saturday night’s second preseason game against San Francisco and looked terrific. Though his playing time was limited to a couple of possessions, Johnson defeated double coverage to secure a 43-yard reception in the first half. He finished with two grabs for 49 yards, gaining six on a drag route for his first catch of the game.

Notably, Johnson lined up in the slot on the Texans’ first three plays from scrimmage. He’s been mostly an outside receiver throughout his career. Playing in the slot could make Johnson more of a matchup problem and cause defenses to change their coverage looks on the fly.

Johnson was pulled early in an effort to keep him healthy. Lestar Jean replaced him with the first-team offense, and caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Schaub in the second quarter.

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26 Responses to “Andre Johnson looks regular-season ready”
  1. hendeeze says: Aug 18, 2012 9:44 PM

    Andre Johnson is an excellent WR, but that was against the backups…

  2. timj997 says: Aug 18, 2012 9:44 PM

    “Andre Johnson looked terrific” against the 49ers back-ups. But of course having objective information like that would defeat the purpose of the title, and would reduce the number of views.

  3. cakemixa says: Aug 18, 2012 9:46 PM

    Andre Johnson isn’t regular season-ready until he gets injured.

  4. thekiy says: Aug 18, 2012 9:46 PM

    Nice to the see the second-best Johnson back playing.

  5. garza0080 says: Aug 18, 2012 9:49 PM

    He is Andre Johnson one of the best, but he was also playing against the twos on the Deep route that net all those yards, As a writer you should write the truth and don’t exaggerate the truth just to have something to write about. be a little more creative!

  6. jmhalko says: Aug 18, 2012 9:51 PM

    Are you saying he was moved to Injured Reserve?

  7. emoney12 says: Aug 18, 2012 9:54 PM

    So that means he has a busted ankle and is out 4-6 weeks. Mid-season form Andre.

  8. kivory2 says: Aug 18, 2012 10:10 PM

    The Texans are overhyped!!!!

  9. discosucs2005 says: Aug 18, 2012 10:10 PM

    Anyone else see AJ Jenkins looking great?

  10. 1phd says: Aug 18, 2012 10:15 PM

    Way to go Texans! You proved most of your first stringers could outplay most of the Niners second stringers.

  11. discosucs2005 says: Aug 18, 2012 10:28 PM

    Josh Johnson on the other hand…

  12. rockybev35 says: Aug 18, 2012 10:40 PM

    The truth it there are a lot of 49er homers on this site. Andre caught the first 20+ yard pass against the ones. Remember boys, we have two starters out on D-Line to begin with (Watt & Cody). Basically, it’s pre-season and it’s good to see Andre showing who he is. Going between two defenders to grab a long catch is what he’s done his entire career. Enjoy your pre-season loss 49er fans. Means nothing, stop being mamma’s boys like your coach.

    Go Texans

  13. myleathasosoft says: Aug 18, 2012 10:56 PM

    Look like a lot of MAD 49er fanboys in the comment section! lol

  14. texaned80 says: Aug 18, 2012 11:03 PM

    Andre Jonhnson when fully healthy looks terrific no matter whos on the feild. Have any of you bent niners fans seen him play live. Hes truly gifted. And btw its just a preseason game so dont all get booty hurt that the Niners didnt look so great. I recall them looking much worse when facing the texans pre season week 3 last year and the going on to a 13-3 season and an overtime win away from a trip to the super bowl

    #BullsonParade

  15. xLith says: Aug 18, 2012 11:13 PM

    Love reading all of these haters. “He’s doing it against backups”. What rock do you live under? He does the same thing to starters every season. Idiots.

  16. cali49er707 says: Aug 18, 2012 11:31 PM

    rockybev35 says:
    Aug 18, 2012 10:40 PM
    The truth it there are a lot of 49er homers on this site. Andre caught the first 20+ yard pass against the ones. Remember boys, we have two starters out on D-Line to begin with (Watt & Cody). Basically, it’s pre-season and it’s good to see Andre showing who he is. Going between two defenders to grab a long catch is what he’s done his entire career. Enjoy your pre-season loss 49er fans. Means nothing, stop being mamma’s boys like your coach.
    ———————–
    Know your facts Tex!! When did Dontae Witner, Dashon Goldson, Carlos Rogers or Terrel Brown get replaced by rookie safety Trenton Robinson & the 5th CB ??

  17. rockhill32 says: Aug 18, 2012 11:36 PM

    Wow a lot of comments from the Forty Whiners!

  18. htown1035 says: Aug 18, 2012 11:56 PM

    His catches were against the ones, unless the Niners played backups the entire game.

  19. djaehne says: Aug 19, 2012 12:03 AM

    AJ doesn’t have to be the best, he just needs to do the things he does. Everyone gets hurt sooner or later. All that matters is he’s going to lead Houston to the Superbowl this year. The rest of you can just look at stats and cling to those players that statistically at the top of whatever catagories you feel important. Go Texans

  20. cali49er707 says: Aug 19, 2012 12:35 AM

    I don’t think 9ER fans are mad at a catch in the 2nd quarter of a pre season game!! All were saying it wasn’t the number#1′s!! The title was just misleading!!

    That being said Johnson has been doing the same to number #1s throughout his career!! The Texans will be formidable this season without a doubt!!

  21. doublebro says: Aug 19, 2012 1:11 AM

    My my….cali and some other hyper sensitive left coast fans here. Truth is the niner secondary is pretty weak no matter who they trot out there.

  22. rhymeswithpunt says: Aug 19, 2012 2:25 AM

    Haha…. I hate the preseason

  23. slightlyhyphy says: Aug 19, 2012 2:59 AM

    Hey Niners fans. Remember the NFC championship game?

    Good times!

  24. texansdude says: Aug 19, 2012 10:24 AM

    I saw two teams pretty deep in talent last night. This would be a pretty darn good Super Bowl alley fight. Best wishes 49er fans for a good season.

  25. riverace19 says: Aug 19, 2012 12:09 PM

    I forgot to remind myself never to read comments from a Niners story… The most whiny and ignorant fans in football. Keep that dung locked down in the Bay!!
    When your 2012 season is worse than your almost 2011 then you might shut up… Ahh, probably not

  26. voiceofreason says: Aug 19, 2012 7:31 PM

    Are you guys saying that SF started the game with their backups? I dont believe that for a second…

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