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Andre Johnson getting used to being a backup in Tennessee

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Andre Johnson (81), defended by Detroit Lions middle linebacker Tahir Whitehead (59), catches a 9-yard pass for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, in Detroit. Andre Johnson finds himself in a new role in Tennessee, the third team in his storied career. The man with so many catches and touchdowns in Houston still is managing to come up with the big catch when needed for the Titans as they prepare to host Oakland. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez, File) AP

It took Andre Johnson some time to even find a job this offseason.

So having to get used to not being a starter doesn’t seem like that much of a stretch, at least not after catching a game-winning touchdown for the Titans last week.

It’s a new role for me,” the veteran wide receiver said, via the Associated Press. “In the beginning, it could be really frustrating because it’s something you’re not used to. But when you’re able to go out and make a play like that to help your team win a game, it makes it all worth it.”

Johnson has more catches and more receiving yards than any active player in the NFL, but he’s behind Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe on the Titans depth chart. But none of that mattered last week, when he was on the other end of Marcus Mariota’s fourth-down pass to win the game.

“Andre, his play his entire career gives any quarterback a whole lot of confidence,” Mariota said. “So for me, it doesn’t matter who’s out there. I trust every one of those guys. They put in a lot of hard work throughout the week. But Andre’s level of play, it’s easy to throw the ball.”

Johnson didn’t show any signs of his old form last year in Indianapolis, but he’s fallen into a comfortable spot with the Titans, and even if he isn’t a starter, he’s still making plays.

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5 Responses to “Andre Johnson getting used to being a backup in Tennessee”
  1. titansfan12 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:15 PM

    It’s awesome having a true professional and hall of famer like Andre Johnson on our roster for a change. He can help guys like Tajae Sharpe develop into a pro, who already looks really promising.

  2. gotitan says: Sep 22, 2016 12:24 PM

    I remember when Randy Moss was a signed by the Titans. Much different feeling now.

  3. eazeback says: Sep 22, 2016 12:39 PM

    he’ll end up w/ 8 TDs this year, I said it as soon as he signed…

  4. titans4evr says: Sep 22, 2016 1:06 PM

    Guy rips my Titans apart for years, then becomes a Titan in a backup role, maintains class and professionalism the whole way, and continues to deliver.

    Kudos and cheers for Andre Johnson!

  5. jjpmn says: Sep 22, 2016 1:15 PM

    Class act. I assume Johnson has enough money to walk away and never look back. It can’t be easy to go from star player to backup. It seems like he’s doing it because he loves the game. Good for him.

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