Andre Johnson

Texans' Johnson gets second Pro Bowl nod

HOUSTON - Andre Johnson is returning to the Pro Bowl, and he hopes to take along the man who helped him get there.

The Houston Texans receiver rebounded from the worst season of his four-year career to lead the NFL in receptions, thanks in part to the addition of fellow receiver Eric Moulds. In his second appearance in the game, Johnson will start for the AFC squad with Cincinnati's Chad Johnson.

Johnson said he planned to invite Moulds to join him at the February game.

"He's just been a good mentor for me," Johnson said. "That's something that I didn't have my first three years. Most guys, when they come in, they have a veteran guy to show them the ins and outs of the game and I didn't have that. So I have Eric here now and he's helped out a whole lot."

Texans receiver Johnson tabbed for Pro Bowl

Andre Johnson was the only Texan invited to the Pro Bowl, but the fourth-year wide receiver doesn't intend to go alone.

One of Johnson's Christmas presents to Eric Moulds will be a ticket to the Pro Bowl. Moulds, an 11-year veteran and four-time Pro Bowler, has been the mentor Johnson lacked in his first three seasons with the Texans.

Johnson also wants to be joined by teammate and middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who leads the lead with 113 solo tackles and is the leading candidate for the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. Ryans is listed as a third alternate at inside linebacker.

``I think DeMeco should be a starter,'' Johnson said. ``He's having a tremendous season. If you saw him play on the field, you'd never expect he's a rookie. He looks like a nine- or 10-year veteran. Personally, I think he's our MVP this season.''

Johnson frustrated despite career season

HOUSTON (AP) - Texans receiver Andre Johnson should be enjoying the best season of his life. But losing is getting in the way.

On the day NFL players cast their Pro Bowl votes, Johnson said there have been enjoyable parts of what figures to be a career season that will top his Pro Bowl year of 2004. He's just having a hard time getting past a 4-9 record that has the Texans headed for a second straight last-place finish in the AFC South.

"It's just frustrating," said Johnson, who has a career-high 92 catches and is 93 yards from his highest yardage total of 1,142. "It's hard when you accomplish something and you sit back and look at it and you didn't help your team win."

Johnson can become the 35th NFL player to catch 100 passes in a season, and he admits that's special.

"I remember when coach (Gary) Kubiak first came here, he came to me and said, 'What do you think about 100 balls?' I said, 'Yeah! I'm with it,'" Johnson said. "But still, it would be a lot better if we were winning."

Texans' Johnson in the mold of former Bills WR

Andre Johnson is the reason former Buffalo Bills standout Eric Moulds picked the Houston Texans over the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Andre wanted me here, so I made my decision," Moulds said last April after brokering a deal with Houston following 10 productive years in Buffalo. "I always wanted to play with him. He's an up-and-coming receiver."

Obviously, Moulds can pick 'em as well as he once could catch 'em.

Johnson, who leads the NFL in receptions with 85 catches for 991 yards and five touchdowns, is looking an awful lot like Moulds in his heyday.

Johnson dishes compliments, not trash, about Raiders cornerbacks

(12-06) 19:21 PST Alameda, Calif. (AP) --

Chad Johnson sat down to watch film of the Oakland Raiders' cornerbacks and was surprised by what he saw.

"They are blanketing everybody they play, everybody they play," Johnson said Wednesday in a conference call with Bay Area reporters. "Whether the guy makes the catch or not they're always in the vicinity. And that's surprising to me for a team to have that kind of trust in corners."

Johnson is not usually quick with compliments for opposing cornerbacks, instead preferring to engage in cross-country trash talking whenever he can.

This time, Andre isn't a giant - Texans' Johnson shoulders blame for loss to Jets

Wide receiver Andre Johnson couldn't have cared less that David Carr passed for more than 300 yards for just the fourth time in his career. Johnson also didn't care that he and Eric Moulds each had 10 catches for the first time in the same game.

All Johnson took away from watching film was that the receivers botched it in the Texans' 26-11 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday. On a day when the running game collected a franchise-low 25 rushing yards, Johnson pointed to the receivers as the ones who helped sink the Texans.

"It was our worst performance as receivers," Johnson said. "That's frustrating. This is my fourth year here now, and after all (the losses) it kind of wears and tears on you."

Bruise won't stop WR Johnson

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson practiced and looked solid enough to get the go-ahead from coach Gary Kubiak. Despite a deep thigh bruise, Johnson will start against the New York Jets on Sunday.

"I think if he played today, he's not 100 percent, but not a lot of people are this time of year," Kubiak said. "He looks like he's going to be fine. He will just get some more treatment (today) and turn it loose Sunday."



November 3, 2006 -- Name an NFL receiver with the last name of Johnson. Well, of course, there is Keyshawn and there is Chad. How about Andre?


While the talkative Johnsons, Keyshawn and Chad, are better known, the Texans' Andre Johnson leads the NFL in receptions and yards.

The Giants' defensive backs know the Texans' Johnson very well, as they have watched more film this week than a movie critic.

"He is a total package guy," said corner R.W. McQuarters, who may start again Sunday in place of the injured Sam Madison. "He's the guy they look to when they want to make a big play. They will throw the ball up to him because he is a bigger receiver and let him make a play on the ball against smaller DBs."

Andre Johnson Doesn't Dance But Watch How He Plays

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson has no touchdown dance. He doesn't dye his hair, doesn't rap, (warning link has autoplay bad rap) or throw his coaches or quarterback under the bus. He's a quiet guy who can play ball.

Since the Dolphins game, Gary Kubiak has become more comfortable with
David Carr throwing to Andre Johnson downfield in double coverage situations. Currently, Andre Johnson is leading the league in receiving yards and catches.

Last year, Andre Johnson was hurt for a good portion of the year, which is just as well because former offensive coordinator Joe Pendry's cobbled together 2005 offensive scheme made the word "abomination" seem oh, understated. Let's not speak of that again, shall we.



The Houston Texans have rediscovered their No. 1 offensive weapon.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson has discarded a disappointing 2005 with a season more fitting the young former Pro Bowler.

Johnson, slowed by a calf injury last season, has 30 catches for 410 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' 1-3 start. He already has three 100-yard games, topping his total of two last season. Johnson, a fourth-year player and Pro Bowl selection in 2004, had 11 catches for 152 yards in Week 3 against Washington.

Football: Texans receiver Johnson reverses fortunes

HOUSTON — Texans receiver Andre Johnson is on a pace to become the most prolific receiver in Houston's pro football history.

Through four games, Johnson has 30 catches for 410 yards and two touchdowns, putting him on a pace to finish with 120 catches for 1,640 yards and eight touchdowns.

Barring injury, Johnson could join the Oilers' Charlie Hennigan (1964), the Gamblers' Richard Johnson (1984-85) and Ricky Sanders (1984) and the Oilers' Haywood Jeffries (1991) as the only receivers to have at least 100 catches in a season.

Andre Johnson Update

JOHNSON CONTINUES TO SHINE Wide receiver Andre Johnson continued his stellar season on Sunday by turning in his 12th career 100-yard game with nine catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. It was his third time to top the century mark this season, and his second consecutive 100-yard game. After four weeks, Johnson has 30 receptions for 410 yards. His 30 catches ties him with the New York Jets' Laveranues Coles for the league lead, while his yardage total is third, a mere three yards Indianapolis' Marvin Harrison and two yards behind Coles.


Varied offense pays dividends for ex-UM star

Andre Johnson is finding himself to be a more integral part of the Houston Texans' offense each week, and wideout companion Eric Moulds may be as much to thank as anyone.

''I knew that if they gave Andre a lot of opportunities in one-on-one defenses, he was going to kill them,'' said Moulds, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Buffalo. ``I just came in with Coach
[Gary] Kubiak, and told him what I thought.

``Usually, when you put me and Andre on the same side, it causes defenses a lot of problems. [The Dolphins] didn't know who to cover.''

Andre Johnson Update

Texans WR Andre Johnson is off to a strong start, and don't overlook the way the team is using the tight ends, when looking for the reasons for his improved play. The TE position was a nonfactor for much of Dom Capers' tenure in Houston, but head coach Gary Kubiak has re-emphasized the position, and teams can no longer write off the Texans' tight ends as just blockers.

NFL: TEXANS: Johnson wins AFC honor

/ HOUSTON – The NFL announced today that Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, becoming the first Texan to win the offensive honor. Five Texans have won AFC Defensive Player.

Johnson (6-3, 222), caught nine passes for 101 yards and the game-clinching touchdown to secure the Texans’ 17-15 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Johnson now has an NFL-best three 100-yard receiving days on the season.

Texans' receivers provide a big test

DAVIE — Houston Texans wide receiver Eric Moulds always has been a Dolphins killer.

In 10 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Moulds had 1,145 yards on 69 catches with 11 touchdowns against Miami. He also owns the post-season record for receiving yards in a game with 240, also against the Dolphins.

And if that's not scary enough, Moulds plays second fiddle to former University of Miami star Andre Johnson.

Johnson great in Texans dismal start

HOUSTON (AP) -Through three games, Andre Johnson is having the best season of his career.

Too bad the Houston Texans are having another bad one.

Johnson is third in the NFL with 21 receptions for 309 yards for the 0-3 Texans. He's already almost halfway to his 2005 total of 688 yards.

He's also ahead of his performance through three games in 2004, when he finished with 79 receptions for 1,142 yards and made the Pro Bowl.

Taking off the pressure - Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson is a man of few words. On too many Sundays last fall, the 2004 Pro Bowler also was a man of few receptions.

So, as disappointed as Johnson may have been with the outcome of their opener — the Texans' 16th loss in their last 18 regular-season games — he turned almost effusive when he was asked how it felt to have newcomer Eric Moulds on the field with him against Philadelphia, keeping the Eagles' double coverage to a minimum.

"I told Eric during the game that having him there was helping out a whole lot," Johnson said. "He basically told me the same thing."