Andre Johnson returned to practice Thursday, after suffering a concussion late in the game, last week, against the Tennessee Titans. Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak says that Johnson will most likely be ready to play in this week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens — which will be a huge plus for the Texans’ offense. Johnson is the longest tenured receiver on the Texans’ roster. If he had to sit out this week, rookie DeAndre Hopkins and the other young receivers would have had to step up and take on Baltimore’s defense.
After the first two games of the season, Andre Johnson leads the AFC with 222 receiving yards and is tied for the lead in receptions with 20. Since he had entered the NFL, Johnson has been a consistent contributor to Houston’s offense even though he never really had quality depth behind him. With a number of younger receivers behind him, including Hopkins, Johnson’s role is even more important. Not only is he the number one receiver for the Texans’ offense, but now he can use his veteran experience to mentor the younger talent on the roster.
Now that Johnson is back in the lineup, the Texans can breathe easier. I am expecting him to have another good game this week, especially since Baltimore’s defense has gone through such a drastic change from last season.
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