Jan 1, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) after a game against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium. The Titans defeated the Texans 23-22. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Greg Cossell Ranks Andre Johson Over Calvin Johson as NFL’s Top Receiver


Greg Cosell is well respected around the league for his analysis of players and breaking down film, but his latest evaluation at wide receiver will throw some people off.

I’m splitting hairs here, but here’s why I give a healthy Andre Johnson the slight edge over Calvin Johnson. Andre Johnson is more purely athletic and explosive. When you watch him on film, you see the quickness, lateral agility and short-area burst of a much smaller man. You forget that he’s 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds. He’s built like a linebacker. Talk to many receivers and defensive backs in the league, and they will tell you that his combination of size, speed and sheer athleticism is off the charts. They have never seen another receiver like him. – Greg Cosell

Andre Johnson is a STUD, but he needs to be on the field. If he is not on the field, then he is not helping anyone out. When he is healthy, it is a toss-up on which receiver you would want on your team. Both Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson are elite talents and you can make an argument for either receiver to top the list. At least Greg Cosell didn’t say he thought Chad Johnson should be ranked in the Top-5, then we would have said he has lost his mind.

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