Andre Johnson - Houston Texans - 2006 Fantasy Football Player Profile, News, and Stats


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Andre Johnson
#80 - WR - Houston Texans

Height: 6'3'' Weight: 219
Born: 07/11/1981
College: Miami (FL)
2006 Projections
105130410AVG (105%)

Player Analysis: WR Andre Johnson is the Texans #1 WR and is one of the most physically gifted WRs in the NFL. He has freakish speed for his size and should blossom under Kubiak’s new offense. The addition of WR Eric Moulds finally gives Johnson a legitimate counterpart in the passing game. If Carr can get some time from the offensive line, Johnson could post very nice numbers.

Fantasy Football Impact: Johnson is a good fantasy pick but be weary of grabbing him too early, as Carr must prove he can get him the ball.


Injury-thinned Patriots rout Texans 40-7 - 12/17/2006

Ellis Hobbs needed 12 seconds on his kickoff return to leave behind his pursuers and memories of the Patriots' worst loss of the season. That's how long it took him to run 93 yards for a touchdown on the play after the Houston Texans' only touchdown. New England went on to a 40-7 victory one week after a 21-0 loss at Miami. "It was the antithesis of last week," said Tom Brady, who threw two touchdown passes. "There was really enthusiasm right from the start." The Patriots (10-4) led 27-0 at halftime, their biggest margin at intermission in 59 games, but Ron Dayne scored on a 1-yard run on the Texans' first series of the third quarter. "You want to respond," Hobbs said. "You don't want (their) offense to get momentum, feel like they can do something. That's a big downer for them, a big morale lifter for us." The Texans (4-10) had hoped their best drive of the game could get them back in it. But Hobbs followed a block he hoped Willie Andrews would make -- attributing it to "telekinesis" between the two. "I guess he just read my mind and got over there and hit him," said Hobbs, whose interception later in the third quarter led to the third of Stephen Gostkowski's four field goals in four attempts. "We came out in the third quarter and finally executed," Houston coach Gary Kubiak said, "but then Hobbs had the kick return, and it went right back to where it started." After a six-week stretch in which the Patriots were 3-3 with 19 turnovers, they committed no turnovers against the Texans while forcing David Carr into four interceptions. They can clinch the AFC East title Dec. 24 with a victory at Jacksonville. In the first half, Kevin Faulk scored on an 11-yard run and a 43-yard play on a screen pass, and Brady threw another touchdown pass, covering 6 yards to Jabar Gaffney. The defense had four sacks and three interceptions and held the Texans to 76 yards in the first two quarters. "It was one of the worst professional performances I've ever been part of," Houston defensive tackle Anthony Maddox said. "We played like trash." Benjamin Watson, New England's top pass catcher, missed the game with a knee injury, and nose tackle Vince Wilfork sat out with an ankle injury. Safety Rodney Harrison, recovering from a broken shoulder blade, missed his sixth game, and running back Lawrence Maroney was sidelined for his second successive game with torn rib cartilage. The Patriots didn't miss them. Hobbs replaced Maroney on kickoff returns and Mike Wright had a sack while replacing Wilfork. Maybe coach Bill Belichick's unusually demanding approach to practice last week paid off. He even reminded his players the Patriots were the only team that hadn't scored on defense or special teams. "At least we won't have to listen to that this week," Brady said. Not on Monday, anyway. Belichick gave his players the day off for the second time because of a victory, the other after a 17-13 victory against Chicago on Nov. 26. The Texans were coming off a good performance in a 26-20 overtime loss to surging Tennessee. But they managed only one touchdown one play before Hobbs scored. That "took the wind out of us," Houston cornerback Dexter McCleon said. The Patriots led 17-0 after one quarter on Faulk's touchdowns and Gostkowski's 36-yard field goal. Gostkowski added a 32-yarder and Brady threw a 6-yard scoring pass to Gaffney 1:11 before intermission. "I let myself get out of the game plan," Carr said. "We were so far behind, I started to try and make plays that weren't there." The Patriots committed only two penalties after having 23 the previous three weeks. "Our main goal," Hobbs said, was that "we would not cost us the game. They would have to beat us today and any time we could get to situations where we have to make them beat us, it's very hard to beat us."


Young back in Houston, lifts Titans in OT - 12/10/2006

Vince Young blew kisses and high-fived fans before pointing to a sign that read: "VY Wish You Were Here." The Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback couldn't have scripted a homecoming as sweet. Young ran for a 39-yard touchdown in overtime to give Tennessee a 26-20 win over the Houston Texans for a third straight comeback victory and fourth win in a row. Young said Titans owner Bud Adams approached him after the game and asked what he was thinking on the winning run. "I just told him I felt like my mom was chasing me with a belt," Young joked. The former University of Texas star, who grew up just six miles from the stadium, ran into the end zone virtually untouched and then jumped into the stands to the open arms of a throng of burnt orange-clad fans. He waved to a crowd that had cheered the Texans most of the game, but went wild when he scored. "I just saw the lane and used my God-given talent to make something happen," Young said. "How it opened up, I just kept going." Young, who led the Titans to a 28-22 win over Houston earlier this year, once again showed up the team that passed him over in the draft. Houston chose defensive end Mario Williams with the No. 1 overall pick because it already had David Carr. "You don't say it's personal, but this was kind of personal because the team went out and went against everyone and got the defensive player (in the draft)," said Texans defensive end N.D. Kalu. "This was our chance to prove to the city that we made the right choice." But once again they weren't able to do it. Two weeks ago, the Titans (6-7) rallied from a 21-0 deficit in the final 9˝ minutes to beat the Giants. Last week, Rob Bironas ' 60-yard field goal in the final seconds beat Indianapolis. This time they only had to rally from an eight-point deficit. "Once again, like in the last month, every Sunday, I stand up here and say: 'Wow, we found another way to do it,"' said Titans coach Jeff Fisher. Young's winning score came on third-and-14; the Titans' great field position came thanks to a 36-yard kickoff return by Adam "Pacman" Jones.


Texans escape Black Hole with 23-14 win - 12/04/2006

David Carr completed 22 straight passes two weeks ago and didn't win. So he doesn't feel bad about getting one on a day he didn't complete a single pass in the second half and his team finished the game with negative yards passing. It wasn't a pretty day for David Carr, but he led the Texans to a rare road win. "It's the weirdest feeling I've ever had in a football game," Carr said. The Texans became the first team in 25 years to win a game with negative yards passing, using Demarcus Faggins ' 58-yard fumble return for a touchdown, two long returns on special teams and a pair of fumbles by Randal Williams to beat the Oakland Raiders 23-14. Carr figures this is payback for what happened two weeks ago in Buffalo, when the Texans lost 24-21 despite his big game passing. "This was a lot better feeling," Carr said. "This plane ride is going to be much sweeter." In a season full of ugly losses by the Raiders (2-10), this one gets its own special place. In the first game since John Shoop took over the play-calling duties from Tom Walsh, Oakland turned the ball over five times, missed three field goals, allowed five sacks and had only one offensive score. The Raiders lost despite outgaining Houston 302-124 in total yards. "When you make the mistakes that we made, it's tough to win," running back Justin Fargas said. "We can move the ball but when you get penalties and turnovers, you end up with no points on the board after all that effort. That wears on the morale of the team and the other team is able to get confidence. All of a sudden, a team that should be blown out of the water is hanging around in the fourth quarter and we end up in this situation." Carr finished 7-of-14 for 32 yards, failing to complete a pass in the final 32 minutes. He was sacked five times for 37 yards, leaving Houston with negative-5 yards passing. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Texans were the first team since the Houston Oilers on Oct. 4, 1981, against Cincinnati to finish with negative yards passing and win. "We weren't productive at all," Carr said. "We didn't do anything. I didn't do anything. We could have had you out there. Anybody could have handed it off that second half." About the only thing working for the Texans (4-8) on offense was handing the ball to Ron Dayne, who had 83 of his 95 yards rushing in the second half. Houston Pro Bowl kick returner Jerome Mathis, who missed the first 11 games recovering from a fractured foot, provided a spark with an 87-yard return of the second-half kickoff. Wali Lundy ran in from the 3 on the next play to tie the game at 14. That made up for a first-half mistake when Mathis bobbled a kick in the end zone and still tried to return it, getting out only to the 4. Mathis was later used as a decoy when Dexter Wynn faked a reverse on a punt return and went 58 yards before being tackled by punter Shane Lechler at the 21.


Injured Pennington still beats Texans - 11/27/2006

Chad Pennington was sprawled on the turf, desperately searching for a breath as the fans at Giants Stadium nervously held theirs. The New York Jets quarterback had the wind knocked out of him early in the third quarter of a 26-11 victory over Houston, but Pennington -- and most everyone else -- thought it was much worse. "I thought I wasn't going to make it," Pennington said with a big laugh. "If anybody's ever had that done, you know that's the worst feeling in the world. You're just sitting there like, 'Oh my goodness ... I'm not going to make it ... right here on the football field.' But things worked out well." It sure did. Pennington rediscovered some missing chemistry with his receivers and had his finest passing day in weeks for the Jets (6-5), throwing for 286 yards and a touchdown. Laveranues Coles caught nine passes for 111 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Jerricho Cotchery had seven catches for 110 yards against the Texans (3-8). "I thought we did some really good things offensively," he said. "We were able to execute in the passing game and keep drives alive." But things looked a bit ominous with 6˝ minutes left in the third quarter. Pennington was grabbed by his lower right leg by Jason Babin, but was able to complete a 4-yard pass to Cotchery. As Pennington released the ball, rookie Mario Williams fell on top of him and the quarterback caught one of his own arms under him. With the crowd watching in stunned silence -- a scene that has become all too familiar with Pennington the last few seasons because of shoulder injuries -- the Jets stood around him as the trainers examined the quarterback. Coles, Pennington's close friend, went down on a knee to talk to the quarterback. "Anytime you have a guy that you truly care about and love outside of football go down, the first thing you're trying to do is find out if he's OK," Coles said. "Once he told me it was his wind, I was like, 'Oh, OK.' It had me kind of scared for a second, to be honest. I was worried."


Young, Titans get better of Texans - 10/29/2006

Vince Young danced on the grass, tossing his cap to cheering fans as he made his final exit from the Tennessee Titans' field. David Carr spent most of the second half grabbing the neck of his jersey, angry at being benched for committing too many turnovers. Video highlights The Titans were sparked by Vince Young's running and passing, special teams and defense. At least Young left some people in Houston happy: Young finally admitted he was glad to beat his hometown team after he ran for a touchdown and threw for another, and the Tennessee Titans won consecutive games for the first time since the end of the 2003 season by beating the Texans 28-22 Sunday. "It means something to me, my family and all the fans back home in Houston, but at the same time, it meant the most here," Young said with a smile. "The Tennessee Titans wanted to get another victory coming off the bye." The Titans had gone 39 games before putting together consecutive victories. "It is certainly nice to get back-to-back wins now," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "Of course, our goal now is to go out and get the next one." The Texans (2-5) lost their 11th straight road game, wasting backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels' three TD passes in the final 17 minutes. His last pulled them within 28-22 with 1:54 left, and the Texans tried an onside kick.


Texans too much for Jaguars, win 27-7 - 10/22/2006

Houston looked nothing like the old, pathetic Texans of last year. Maybe that's because the stars of Week 7's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars weren't around back then. Rookie Wali Lundy had 93 yards rushing and a touchdown and fellow first-year players Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans led a resurgent defense in a 27-7 win over the Jaguars. Video highlights David Carr came up huge against a stout Jaguars defense, throwing two touchdown passes in the win. Lundy, who hadn't played in the past three games, had a touchdown early in the fourth quarter that extended the lead to 17-7. No Houston running back had gained 60 yards rushing before Sunday and the Texans managed just 34 yards rushing last week. Houston's defense, allowing a league-worst 418 yards a game coming into the game, forced two turnovers -- both of which led to touchdowns -- and held the Jaguars to 220 yards. The Jaguars (3-3) trailed 10-7 and had a first down inside the 30 when Antwan Peek forced Fred Taylor 's fumble, which No. 1 pick Williams recovered. The fumble was Taylor's first since 2004 and Williams' first career recovery.


Williams, Texans break through 17-15 - 10/01/2006

On the brink of his first victory as coach of the Houston Texans, Gary Kubiak couldn't bear to look. Too bad, because if he had turned around, he would have seen No. 1 draft pick Mario Williams make a game-saving play. Williams tipped a two-point conversion that would have tied the game and finally got his first sack as the Texans beat Miami 17-15.


Eagles Notes | Corners ready to fill tall order tomorrow - 09/09/2006
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

The Eagles cornerbacks will face a tall task defending Houston's receivers in tomorrow's season opener at Reliant Stadium. While the Eagles don't have a cornerback taller than 5-foot-11, the Texans' starting receivers are 6-2 Eric Moulds and 6-3 Andre Johnson. Both weigh 225 pounds.

Fantasy Impact: Sheppard and Brown will have their hands full against these two big and experienced receivers. Hope for the best if you own the Philadelphia defense, but the line should get more than enough pressure on the QB to make the job easy.

  Receiving Kick Returns Punt Returns Fumbles
Year Team G Rec Yds YPR YPG YAC 1st
TD 100+
Yd G
No Yds Avg TD No Yds Avg TD Fum Fum
2004 HOU 16 79 1142 14.5 71.4 6 53 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2005 HOU 13 63 688 10.9 52.9 3 40 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
  Receiving Kick Returns Punt Returns Fumbles
Week Opp Rec Yds YPR YPG YAC 1st
TD 100+
Yd G
No Yds Avg TD No Yds Avg TD Fum Fum
1PHI 6 101 16.8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2@IND 4 56 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3WAS 11 152 13.8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4MIA 9 101 11.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6@DAL 9 75 8.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7JAC 8 106 13.3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8@TEN 9 78 8.7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
9@NYG 9 83 9.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10@JAC 3 56 18.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11BUF 6 76 12.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12@NYJ 10 98 9.8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13@OAK 1 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14TEN 7 68 9.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15@NWE 5 28 5.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16IND 4 48 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17CLE 2 12 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006To Date 103 1147 11.1 71.7 0 0 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0


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