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Andre Johnson (80) runs for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
There’s been lots of talk about a shrinking window for the Texans due to aging key players.
That’s one way to look at it.
Or you could argue that these guys are in the prime of their careers. For all that’s been made of 32-year-old Andre Johnson, 2012 was one of his best years yet. In terms of yards, Johnson went for 1,598, which is the most he’s ever had in a season.
They’re also perfect mentors to the young crop of rookies coming up. Who better to show the ropes to DeAndre Hopkins than a future Hall of Famer in Johnson?
And what Johnson will be to Hopkins, Ed Reed could be to rookies like Swearinger.
Speaking of Reed, he’s gotten his fair share of age profiling as well. Nevertheless, Reed still has the talent and football knowledge to be one of the bests in the league. While he’s not as well-known for making tackles as he is interceptions, his total of 49 last year was his highest since 2006, defending 15 passes with four interceptions and a touchdown to boot.
Another thing Reed has going for him is experience beating Tom Brady and the Patriots—something Houston seems to struggle with lately.
Center Chris Myers (31) and left guard Wade Smith (32) are also getting up there in years. There's no reason to worry about them at all, however. Both made the Pro Bowl in 2013, and both have been integral in the development of Brandon Brooks and Derek Newton. The chemistry these players have with Arian Foster in Houston’s zone-running scheme is unparalleled, too.
Matt Schaub—another guy the O-line blocks for—lately has been labeled as a guy who’s incapable of winning the big one. I can remember a time when a lot of folks viewed Joe Flacco the same way. It’s funny how easy a ring can change people’s minds.