Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson’s snaps are down this season. He’s also seen fewer targets in the passing game than tight end Owen Daniels through five weeks. There has been some chatter that Johnson is losing a step at age 31.
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub doesn’t see it, though. He believes Johnson’s diminished statistics are a product of defensive attention.
“We’re trying to get him the ball every game,” Schaub told NFL Network. “He’s obviously one of the best receivers in this league. And teams obviously know that. They gear and game plan things to take him away. We understand that.
“We still try to get him the football. But we have a lot of weapons on this offense both at wide receiver, tight end with Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham, James Casey at fullback and our running backs make a lot of plays.”
Johnson is on pace for just 55 receptions, 906 yards, and seven touchdowns this season.
“We spread the wealth around,” Schaub explained, “but we know that No. 80 is ready to go and have a big game at any moment.”