Andre Johnson: Andrew Luck is “the best quarterback in this game”

AP

Maybe it’s just that Andre Johnson has post-traumatic stress disorder. But now that he’s with a real, live NFL quarterback, he thinks he’s the best in the NFL.

The veteran receiver said he’s glad to be united with Andrew Luck, and threw some high praise his way.

“He’s a hell of a player,” Johnson said, via Mike Wells of ESPN.com.  “I think he’s the best quarterback in this game.”

While there’s a reasonable argument to be made that Luck’s in the top three, MVPs and champions such as Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady would perhaps disagree.

“When you look at all the teams that have won Super Bowls over the past few years, they’ve all had great quarterback play, and we have a great quarterback here,” Johnson said. “I can’t say I’ve been fortunate enough to play with a great quarterback in my 12 years in this league, so I’m able to play with one now.”

All the years of catching passes from David Carr to Matt Schaub and Ryan Fitzpatrick — and a few guys who didn’t meet their lofty level — Johnson’s just excited to be with a guy more than just capable. And perhaps his enthusiasm is getting the better of him.

33 responses to “Andre Johnson: Andrew Luck is “the best quarterback in this game”

  1. I’m sure he will still feel the same way if his new, best ever, QB won’t pass Andre’s way as much as he would like mid-season.

  2. I am reminded of a bit by Eddie Murphy regarding crawling through the desert, then being handed a cracker. What, exactly, has Andre Johnson had to compare versus Luck?

  3. Luck has a ways to go before he is in the conversation.

    If / when he brings his team back from 10 points down to win a SB, then Andre can chirp about how good he is.

  4. Forgive Andre. Obviously, the quarterbacks he has played with in Houston have tainted his thought processes. “One of” the best in the game, sure. The best? Not yet.

  5. Currently:

    Brady
    Rodgers
    Peyton
    Breese
    Roethlisberger
    Luck

    Luck will climb to the top here in a season or two, but he’s not there yet

  6. I really hate the revisionist history that makes Schaub’s bad end in Houston negate the fact that he was a good quarterback for most of his tenure there. Dude passed for almost 5,000 yards in 2009, before obscene passing stats became the norm.

  7. Luck certainly is a great QB, but not the best in the game…yet.

    QB’s like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and even Peyton Manning still rank ahead of him.

  8. Matt Schaub. David Carr. Ryan Fitzpatrick. Case Keenum. Sage Rosenfels. T.J. Yates. Ryan Mallett. Jake Delhomme. Tony Banks. Tom Savage. Matt Leinart. Rex Grossman. And now he’s catching passes from Andrew Luck. The best young QB in the game. I’m a Colts fan and I won’t say he’s the best in the NFL. He’s got a bright future ahead of him though.

    So yes. Considering what Andre has had to put up with, it’s easy to see why he’s pumped. He has waited his entire career to play with a QB of this pedigree.

  9. If Andy cuts down on his boneheaded plays, a case will be better able to be made that he is the best QB in the game. Definitely in the top 3 and rising fast.

  10. he knows just how good Luck is after watching him tear apart his former team twice a year

  11. If you were starting a new team right here, right now, Luck needs to 100% be your top pick.

    Brady, Rogers, ETC are better than him right now, but he has his ENTIRE career ahead of him still and will only keep getting better.

  12. He throws too many interceptions. That’s something Brady and Rodgers really never did and Russell Wilson makes better decisions than him now. I’m a Tom Brady fan, but rank him behind Rodgers at this point.

    1. Rodgers
    2. Brady
    3. Roethlisberger
    4. Wilson
    5. Luck/Romo/Brees
    8. Manning/Manning
    10. Newton

  13. Russell Wilson is better. The guy has a ring. He’s done more with less. He doesn’t make mistakes. He has less opportunities to throw and had the most touchdowns as a rookie in NFL history. He also ran for over 800 yards. Combine the rushing yards with his passing yards, he had over 4300 yards. Luck will always get the hype but Wilson will always be the better QB and continue to win more games.

  14. Good grief! A good player joins a new team and publicly pays one of those “he’s the best” compliments to another very good player. A bit over the top? Yes but most compliments are. There’s no need to start the Nuremburg War Trials.

  15. The new era that will start with Wilson/Luck comparisons reminds me of all the Brady/Manning debates over the years. Manning had the gaudy numbers and the pure stroke. Brady won the tight ones for the most part. Different players in the discussion, sure, but something tells me that Luck will rack up all the yards, compete for titles, and have the purists drooling over his pocket passing ability.

    –and Wilson will end up with more rings.

  16. Luck is insanely overrated. This is the guy who went 12 of 33 for 126 yards and 2 INT in the AFC championship game.

    Nice banner, by the way.

  17. He worded this wrong. Andrew luck has top QB potential, but he has not won a super bowl, and 29 turnovers ( 16 INTs, 13 Fumbles ) is not too QB-like statistics.

  18. No excuses for Andre and the Colts this year. Heck, the NFL did a virtual Tanya Harding on Brady trying to give their future star an advantage out of the gate in 2015.

  19. Anyone that would start their team with Luck instead of Rogers just doesn’t understand what it takes to win in the NFL.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!