Andre Johnson Reports to Texans Training Camp: Latest Details and Reaction

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2014

Houston Texans' Andre Johnson flips the ball to quarterback Case Keenum as the team warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson's status with the team was a major question mark entering training camp. Ultimately, it was proved Friday that both sides are finally on the same page.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the seven-time Pro Bowler reported to camp Friday, effectively ending his threats of a holdout:

Johnson commented on things from a football perspective, courtesy of CSN's Dave Zangaro and the Texans' Twitter feed:'s Deepi Sidhu notes Johnson's relationship with Bill O'Brien:

CSN's Adam Wexler and James Palmer, along with John McClain of the Houston Chronicle report Johnson's feelings about the Texasns organization and his future with the team:

While Johnson's return to the team didn't technically become official until he came to camp, everything was in place for this to happen since earlier in the week, per's Ian Rapoport:

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports more on what it took to get Johnson to camp:

CSN's James Palmer has more from a player perspective:

Bringing Johnson, 33, back into the fold is a major coup for the Texans considering how frustrated he seemed just a couple of months ago. According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, the former University of Miami star made it clear that he wants to win:

I just look at my career. ... I've only been to the playoffs twice. I think we've only had three winning seasons. I don't think any player wants to experience that. I think over time it can become very frustrating. And this offseason has been very frustrating for me; beginning of the offseason, I should say. That's just kind of where I'm at right now.

The Texans were surprisingly the worst team in the NFL last season at 2-14 after consecutive playoff appearances. That led to head coach Gary Kubiak and quarterback Matt Schaub's exits. Bill O'Brien, formerly Penn State's head coach, replaced Kubiak, and NFL Network's Albert Breer credits him with getting Johnson back in the picture:

Although Johnson ultimately wasn't traded and didn't get more money out of the situation, Jason La Canfora of doesn't consider it a total loss for No. 80:

If nothing else, the organization now knows where Johnson stands in terms of his hopes and expectations for the team moving forward. It isn't outside the realm of possibility that Houston will rebound in a big way this year, and Johnson is a vital part of that.

The Texans have plenty of talent to speak of on both sides of the ball. Drafting pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney No. 1 overall gives Houston a fearsome front seven that also includes J.J. Watt. In addition to that, Johnson is complemented by the likes of running back Arian Foster and wideout DeAndre Hopkins on offense.

The biggest question mark is under center with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm. He has had some statistical success as a starter in the past, though, and would certainly benefit from having a target like Johnson. The Texans also have fourth-round rookie Tom Savage out of Pittsburgh on their roster, though O'Brien already named Fitzpatrick the starter.

Johnson has topped 1,000 yards in each of the past six seasons in which he has played at least 13 games. He is coming off a 1,407-yard campaign on a team that was in disarray, so there is no telling what he might do this year now that there is some stability.

Johnson is still an elite pass-catcher in the league even as he enters his 12th season. It is natural that he is in win-now mode at this juncture of his career, but he also has a long and storied history as a Texan.

He is unquestionably the best player in franchise history, and he is beloved in Houston. Winning anywhere is great, but winning in Houston would be that much sweeter for Johnson.

Now that he is back on board, it is up to the rest of the team to ensure that their stay at the bottom is short-lived.


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