“It was cool, something Arian started. You know Arian’s just got to poke at him a little bit.” – CB Kareem Jackson on the standing ovation heard round the Houston Texans locker room and across the fanbase. Andre Johnson is back folks and it’s a good thing. Not only is this drama-llama put to pasture but the Texans have their elder statesman and leader back on board for the 2014 season. When this all began, fans were confused, hurt, angry and then just wanting it to end before it became a season derailing mess. Well, on the day before the Texans officially open camp, ‘Dre is back in Battle Red and rearing to go.
Andre did state when asked about his frustration “I think a lot of what I said in the offseason had to do with the things that have happened over the past eight, nine years or so.“ When you look at it, can anyone really blame him? It was a slow burn punctuated by a really awful last season. It’s good I think for him, the fans and even the front office to have gone through this madness. Now it’s over so let’s move forward.
Speaking of forward, the Texans have a lot of work to get ready for with the first preseason game against the Cardinals. That, for those of you not looking at a calendar is a mere two weeks from now on August the 9th. The NFL is about to enter hyper drive as the season kicks off in a big way. OTA’s ended early in July and the dearth of football is over officially this Saturday morning. For the offense, the biggest puzzle piece is settled. Johnson’s return means the Texans are fully manned and operational. I’d not worry too much about his ability to get the new offense. Something tells me Mr. Johnson has had the playbook from the word go. Now the next stage is for Johnson and Fitzpatrick to find a rhythm and get on the same page. With all the moving parts it is a tall order but the two should eventually figure it out.
The biggest change in the offense, aside not having Schaub under center is the multiple tight end formations. When asked Garrett Graham replied ““Probably the formations. We can line up in a lot different things and use that to our advantage.” That tells us that we Texans fans are in for a much changed offense. I know I’ve said it before, but kind of like your parents telling you that once you have kids life changes, we’re going to have to see it to really understand it. Sounds like the guys are all ready and rearing to go.
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*All quotes courtesy of the Houston Texans PR Staff