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Andre Johnson continues his assault on the record books

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As the Texans pile up the losses, receiver Andre Johnson piles up the numbers.

The man who several weeks ago seemed to be lukewarm about remaining in Houston continues to give Houstonians a glimpse at one of the all-time greats.  With 13 catches and and 154 yards on Thursday night in Jacksonvile, he’s now three receptions behind Torry Holt (920) for No. 14 on the all-time catch list, and 46 yards behind Art Monk (12,731) for No. 16 on the all-time yardage list.

He’s even higher on the list as to a couple of specific in-game achievements.

Johnson now has 50 career 100-yard receiving games, which ties him for fifth in NFL history with Don Maynard.  And with 10 career games featuring double-digit receptions and 150 or more yards receiving, Johnson is now tied with Jerry Rice for the most such performances in league history.

And Johnson has done it not with Young and Montana but with Carr and Schaub (and Yates and Keenum).

Given what Johnson has accomplished while catching passes from ordinary quarterbacks, it’s hard not to wonder what he would have done if he had spent the last 11 years catching passes from Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Philip Rivers.

There’s still time for that.  Johnson is 32.  While an assault on Jerry Rice’s records is unlikely, Johnson could finish near the top of the various career lists — especially if he plays with a quarterback who has had a better career than David Carr or Matt Schaub.

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41 Responses to “Andre Johnson continues his assault on the record books”
  1. weepingjebus says: Dec 6, 2013 9:36 AM

    Great player, he’s given everything to that franchise. One of the few WRs that has lived up to the hype around him when he first came into the league.

  2. fiyeaglesfiy says: Dec 6, 2013 9:37 AM

    So we’re really throwing Philip Rivers in there with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning?

  3. sfnc85 says: Dec 6, 2013 9:38 AM

    And Johnson has done it not with Rice and Montana but with Carr and Schaub (and Yates and Keenum).

    **Young and Montana – Rice didn’t throw to himself

    But yes very impressive! and Charles Rogers was drafted before him. smh

  4. mayers59 says: Dec 6, 2013 9:39 AM

    Would not blame him if, at this point in his career, he didn’t look towards a team that has a top tier QB. I’m sure Brady would love to have him in New England. Brees would love him with the Saints. Rivers no doubt would love him to head to San Diego. Manning? He’s already loaded with receivers and they are in their prime, except for Welker and he’s a possession receiver.

  5. ravensterps says: Dec 6, 2013 9:40 AM

    Come play with Flacco. If AJ Green can make Dalton look sorta serviceable, Johnson would make Flacco look like Montana.

  6. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 6, 2013 9:44 AM

    His records should be heavily contested. This new football league has receivers breaking 200yds every week.

  7. mikewhorio says: Dec 6, 2013 9:46 AM

    Any records AJ breaks he is likely only keeping them warm for Megatron.

    Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Philip Rivers…who doesn’t belong in that list?

  8. bennyb82 says: Dec 6, 2013 9:49 AM

    It would be a shame if he does not have a few years with a qb with an arm. Calvin is one of a kind but Andre is not that far behind.

  9. gcclark98 says: Dec 6, 2013 9:54 AM

    never knew jerry rice played qb….maybe you meant young and montana

  10. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Dec 6, 2013 9:54 AM

    Considering the first several years of his career he didn’t top 100 catches due to the offense he was in. His numbers could easily have been higher. He has some awesome highlights too. Knocking over several cardnial dbs to get into the endzone a few years ago. His one handed bobble catch against the titans while running full speed into the endzone. The billions of times he’s sat in the middle of the zone and caught a ball. He’s always had underrated route running abilities too. I mean he’s good and hes gotten credit for it but he’s been really good at running routes for a long time. If he had an elite qb who can throw the ball down the field for most of his career. Well.. i’d rather not think about it.

    HE’S THE MAN! He will easily be the 1st Texan in the HOF when that day comes. Thanks for being positive, good spirited and a great player.

    P.S. I hope The Texans trade you to a good team for some draft picks. Lets be honest, they’re gonna stink for a few years. You deserve a sb shot. An that wouldn’t bother me one bit.

  11. taintedlombardis says: Dec 6, 2013 10:00 AM

    He’s always interesting to watch. A good dude and good role model for kids. Hope he finds a QB one day!

  12. HerculesHochuli says: Dec 6, 2013 10:01 AM

    Guy has played with nothing but dogs at QB for most of his career. Schaub was the only decent QB he’s ever had. Much like Fitzgerald we’ll never how great he truly could have been with Brady or Manning. The years Fitzgerald had with Warner (who’s a borderline HOF) were off the charts.

  13. waldoampere says: Dec 6, 2013 10:02 AM

    Phillip Rivers?

  14. ronnielottspinky says: Dec 6, 2013 10:05 AM

    And Johnson has done it not with Rice and Montana but with Carr and Schaub (and Yates and Keenum).

    ————–

    When Jerry wasn’t catching 80 yard bombs, he was throwing them…

  15. iangas33 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:11 AM

    Lol why in the world is Phillip rivers put in the same category as Peyton and Brady?!?

  16. williamjg says: Dec 6, 2013 10:12 AM

    My favorite AJ moment will always be when be threw Finnegan around like a rag doll. BEAST!

  17. badmude says: Dec 6, 2013 10:14 AM

    All modern day passing and receiving records are skewed due to the pro offensive rules in place to protect QBs and receivers. A DB that even breathes on a WR gets a PI flag thrown. Try catching balls with the ’70s Raiders or Steelers DBs back in the day.

  18. packerbackernj says: Dec 6, 2013 10:16 AM

    Johnson and Johnson for years has been 1a and 1b. If Andre could stay as healthy as megatron over the years, and was in an offense where you get the ball thrown to you 30 times. He’d have identical stats. But he doesn’t and isn’t thats why he’s 1b.

  19. faccda01 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:23 AM

    One bad season and Shaub is on the same level as Carr?? Keep in mind he made the pro bowl two of the last four years. That is in the same conference as Brady/Manning/Rivers. AJ has had a much better QB situation than guys like Larry Fitz or Steve Smith.

  20. jbeagles23 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:24 AM

    Dude is a freak. Fun to watch and te ultimate professional. Could only dream of having a wr like that in Philly

  21. lks311 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:28 AM

    As a Lions’ fan, Andre Johnson is an spectacular talent and has been a class act since the day he was drafted by Houston. I’d like to believe he led the charge for the “new wave” (or throwback) Wide Receivers, that “speak softly and carry a big stick”. Megatron, AJ Green, Demaryius Thomas—they mostly keep their mouth shut and kill you with their games. Same as Andre Johnson.

    PS
    I can’t believe Detroit tapped Charles Rogers with Johnson on the board. #MattMillenLives.

  22. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 6, 2013 10:36 AM

    Andre Johnson is a beast.

    Sure he has had some injuries over the years, but that’s only because he #ballsohard

    He’s one of the few receivers that makes DB’s think twice about going for a big hit.. I’ve seen him punk an entire secondary on one play.
    He made a SS flip over while trucking the CB in the process ,, then scampered for a 30 yrd TD..

    He’s like a grown ass Steve Smith

    & you need to agree that if he had any type of decent QB through his tenure, he would have even more ridiculous numbers.

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:42 AM

    Imagine where he’d be if he’d had Brady, Manning or Brees throwing to him.

    Get out of Texas and come to New England ! Team you up with Gronk and the others and the Pats would be back to an unstoppable offensive machine.

  24. dualprime says: Dec 6, 2013 10:43 AM

    Not sure if it matters much who the QB is when you’re the number one receiver and as good as AJ. He’s had huge games with Keenum, even though they’re losing. AND…anytime you’re mentioned with Rice it’s good.

  25. nyjetsfan08 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:56 AM

    I can see him playing with the Pats. As Irvin would say, he is a BEAST!

  26. kuranda84 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:02 AM

    I remember watching him at Miami and thinking he was a track star that would never make it in the NFL…boy was I wrong. Congrats to him on a great career. Wish my Seahawks would have drafted him all those years ago.

  27. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2013 11:09 AM

    I personally can’t wait for his induction. I will of course be present.

    He has been everything you could ever want out of a receiver. The consummate professional, works hard, doesn’t make waves, and produces game in, game out. He is now and has always been the face of this franchise.

    He is the current league leader in receptions & NFL all time leader in receptions per game. He is on his way to another 100+ catch, 1500+ yd season.

    I too want to see him win a SB and get that elusive ring, but I would love to see it happen here. I understand right now that’s a huge long shot so if he gets traded to a contender, I will buy his jersey and root for him…

    Unless its to Tennessee… I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  28. dualprime says: Dec 6, 2013 11:11 AM

    If the Texans grant him a trade you can bet it won’t be in the AFC.

  29. dontouchmyjunk says: Dec 6, 2013 11:13 AM

    TO did all that and more, catching his passes from a string of even worse QB’s than Andre Johnson. He’s 2nd or 3rd all time in just about every receiving category. Do you think he’ll be in the hall? Nope. But sure does deserve to be.

  30. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 6, 2013 11:17 AM

    i saw a comment about some type of trade up there.

    Andre would look badass in midnight green.
    get on the horn chip.
    2 #5′s should seal the deal

  31. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    Peyton Manning can’t throw a ball over 50 yds..

    he is accurate as they come, but he’s got the arm of Kevin Kolb

  32. stupidgiants says: Dec 6, 2013 11:25 AM

    And yo posted it yourself even! Way to throw 610 a bone!

  33. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2013 11:27 AM

    dontouchmyjunk says: Dec 6, 2013 11:13 AM

    TO did all that and more, catching his passes from a string of even worse QB’s than Andre Johnson. He’s 2nd or 3rd all time in just about every receiving category. Do you think he’ll be in the hall? Nope. But sure does deserve to be.
    ________________________________-

    I think TO should be and will be an HOFer…. the problem with TO is that everywhere he played he was a cancer to the locker room. Sure his numbers were great but as soon as adversity hit, he destroyed his team and left.

  34. j5582013 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:40 AM

    To had Young, McNabb, Garcia, Romo all better than Schaub, Carr, Yates and some undrafted free agent ROOKIE. Plus Andre isn’t done.

  35. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2013 11:42 AM

    myeaglescantwin says: Dec 6, 2013 11:17 AM

    i saw a comment about some type of trade up there.

    Andre would look badass in midnight green.
    get on the horn chip.
    2 #5′s should seal the deal
    _______________________

    You think you’re getting Andre Johnson for two 5th round picks….

    Good luck with that….

  36. gooseusaf1 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:52 AM

    Put him opposite DeSean Jackson in Philly and they can both go over 1000 yards receiving in Kelly’s offense year after year.

    Heck he’d put New England back in the driver’s seat in the AFC.

  37. gooseusaf1 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:57 AM

    Agreed, 2 fifth round pick ain’t getting it done. More like a 2, 3, and 5 or 2 and 4.

  38. stunzeed5 says: Dec 6, 2013 12:25 PM

    He’s professionally “quiet” about his success; just like Art Monk was. Both great WRs.

  39. gochargersgo says: Dec 6, 2013 12:39 PM

    fiyeaglesfiy says:
    Dec 6, 2013 9:37 AM

    “So we’re really throwing Philip Rivers in there with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning?”

    Philip really is a great QB, but you’re right. I think he meant to say “or even Philip Rivers”. Fact remains, if he had even a decent QB, or a good one (like Rivers) the numbers he could have put up would be amongst the top 5 of all time.

  40. rklapsley says: Dec 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    “HE’S THE MAN! He will easily be the 1st Texan in the HOF when that day comes. Thanks for being positive, good spirited and a great player. ”

    This isn’t baseball. You don’t go into the football HOF as a member of any team. Joe Montana, for example, wasn’t given a choice on whether he wanted to go in as a 49er or a Chief. He went in as an individual. Granted, AJ will certainly be recognized as a Texan to his fan base.

  41. akboot says: Dec 6, 2013 1:52 PM

    sfnc85, gcclark98, what are you two talking about? I’m not reading the same thing you are, maybe mine is different?
    And Johnson has done it, not with Young and Montana but with Carr and Shaub (Yates and Keenum). Did they change it, or am I losing my mind?

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