HOUSTON – Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson has seen a lot of receivers come and go through the locker room at Reliant Stadium.
After all those years of so many teammates, Johnson believes this is the best group.
“I think it’s probably one of the most talented groups we’ve had, if not the most talented groups we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Johnson said. “A lot of young guys. The next oldest guy in the room is only in their third year, but they all are very talented.”
The Texans used a first round pick this year on a receiver for the first time since they drafted Johnson back in 2003. Rookie DeAndre Hopkins is sure to make a huge impact this season and #80 has taken a mentor role to help him along.
“When you have that many guys who can go out and make plays, you can’t just worry about one guy and that’s a great thing to have,” Johnson said. “The more playmakers you can have, the better for your team, so I’m happy with it. I’m all for it.”
In addition to Johnson and Hopkins, the Texans will feature three more receivers that should get solid playing time. Lestar Jean and Keshawn Martin have been impressive to far during the preseason. Also in the mix in DeVier Posey, who wasn’t even expected to be back until the middle of the season.
Johnson has been very impressed with the second year man out of Ohio State.
“It just shows his dedication to the game and to his teammates, and how bad he wanted to get back and be with his teammates. He’s excited. He’s a little antsy out there right now, but it’s fun. It’s great to see him back out there just because of what he went through with the injury and stuff,” Johnson said. “He’s a big part of our team and you hated to see what happened to him last year. I think it was a setback, but I know he’s going to be a great player for us."
Posey will not play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The starters will most likely play into the third quarter which means all the other receivers will be on full display for the first time.