Andre Johnson: I would trade Texans’ first overall draft pick

Andre JohnsonAndre Johnson is not a GM, but occasionally he plays one during interviews.

Johnson spoke with our friend David Nuno of KTRK in Houston on Wednesday to promote his charity golf tournament next month and was asked what he would do with the No. 1 draft pick if he were running the Houston Texans.

“I have thought about different scenarios. Me personally, if I had it, I would probably trade it, but that’s just my opinion,” Johnson told Nuno.

“That doesn’t make it right,” he said. “Doesn’t mean they should listen to me, because I am not the GM. I have never had to sit in the draft room like that.”

Johnson, who was drafted third overall by the Texans in 2003, believes the Texans are not that far away from becoming contenders again. Houston went 12-4 in 2012 and lost in the divisional round of the playoffs and they were expected to be a Super Bowl contender in 2013. Unfortunately Matt Schaub had a disastrous season and they were unable to win many games. After a 2-0 start, they fell flat on their faces and lost 14 in a row to finish 2-14.

Houston probably isn’t far off from contending again, but the key piece they need is a quarterback. I think everyone says they would try to trade out of the No. 1 spot, but most of the time that’s not too realistic. And if the Texans don’t like any of the quarterbacks available at the top, they can always go Jadeveon Clowney to pair him with JJ Watt for what would be one of the best defensive lines of all time.

Andre Johnson on Texans: ‘We suck’

Andre-Johnson-AFC-PlayoffsMost people would argue that the Houston Texans are a better football team than the Jacksonville Jaguars. Those who subscribe to the “numbers don’t lie” theory would tell you that the Texans and Jags are both 2-9, and Jacksonville beat Houston on Sunday. Does that mean the team that was once widely considered the NFL’s worst is now better than a team that made the playoffs a year ago?

After his team’s embarrassing 13-6 loss at home, star wide receiver Andre Johnson had very little to say to reporters. He didn’t need to say much.

“We suck,” Johnson said, via ESPN.com. “As an offense. That’s pretty much it.”

Case Keenum threw for just 169 yards and an interception against the Jaguars. Johnson caught two passes for 36 yards. The Texans have lost nine straight games since starting the season with back-to-back wins. Johnson was asked specifically if he believes Houston is the worst team in the NFL.

“I think our record shows it,” he said. “Yeah, if you look at our record, yeah, we’re the worst team.

“You’re not going to play perfect every single game, but I mean, it’s been bad, you know. (The fans) were booing us last week. They booed us before. I said it before, if we’re not putting good stuff on the field, we ain’t giving them nothing to cheer about. They booed. They should boo.”

Running back Ben Tate called out a fan who heckled him on Twitter last week and ripped Texans fans for booing. Johnson is right. The Texans deserve it. There are three teams in the NFL with only two wins. One of those teams picked up their second win against Houston on Sunday. As they say, if the shoe fits…

H/T Deadspin

Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson have argument on sidelines (Video)

The Houston Texans have lost eight in a row since starting the NFL season 2-0 and are an official mess. Things got even messier on Sunday when the Texans pulled Case Keenum for Matt Schaub late in the third quarter of a 28-23 home loss to the Oakland Raiders.

The Texans were down 28-17 when they made the change. Schaub’s drives went: punt, field goal, field goal, punt, turnover on downs. Most of his passes to top receiver Andre Johnson were incompletions, including a 4th-and-7 pass from the Oakland 8 on their last offensive play of the game. On that drive, the Texans got the ball down to the Raiders’ two and couldn’t score (a penalty pushed them back five yards).

As the video above shows, Schaub and Johnson exchanged words after the incompletion, and then Johnson appeared to drop an F-bomb and walked off the field with time still left on the clock:

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Andre Johnson makes sweet touchdown catch on tipped ball (GIF)

The Houston Texans fell short in their comeback attempt at Arizona on Sunday, losing 27-24 to drop to 2-7, but veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson did his best to keep them in it.

Johnson had 5 catches for 37 yards, including two touchdowns. He scored in the first quarter on a play-action pass where Case Keenum found him by the sidelines. Johnson did a great job tapping his toes on the ground inbounds to get the score:

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Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing rip Texans fans for cheering Matt Schaub injury

Matt Schaub ankle

Andre Johnson and Brian Cushing ripped Houston Texans fans for cheering when quarterback Matt Schaub went down with a lower leg injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s 38-13 blowout loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Schaub was sacked by Chris Long late in the third quarter and had his ankle bent awkwardly as he was tackled. You could hear many of the home fans cheering when Schaub was on the ground in pain and receiving treatment from trainers. That didn’t sit well with many of Schaub’s teammates.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson said the move showed “no class” and that even Rams players couldn’t believe the fan reaction.

“No class. It’s bad when members of the other team are saying that’s messed up. No class,” Johnson said, per Jeff Darlington of NFL.com.

Linebacker Brian Cushing termed the fan reaction “barbaric,” per Sports Radio 610′s Will Grubb.

Grubb also reports that backup quarterback T.J. Yates, who replaced Schaub, said the cheering was “disrespectful” and made him mad.

This is just the latest example of Texans fans going overboard with their poor treatment of Schaub, who admittedly is having a terrible season. First a group of fans burned his jersey, then a restaurant mocked him with a menu item, and then a report said some fans went to his home to confront him over his poor play. We get that he’s having a terrible year and you’re miserable about it, but give the guy a break.

Way to keep it classy, Texans fans.

Ed Reed texted Andre Johnson ‘get me to Houston’ after Super Bowl win

ed-reedAfter the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl, Ed Reed was one of those veteran players who seemed like his time with the team was coming to an end. The Ravens needed to clear out all kinds of salary cap space to be able to sign players like Joe Flacco, so it quickly became obvious that they were not going to sign Reed to an extension.

The veteran safety probably knew that before the season ended, but his career with Baltimore ended on a perfect note. After the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, Reed celebrated with his teammates for the last time. He also began planning for the future almost immediately.

On Tuesday, Reed spoke to reporters about his relationship with former Miami and current Houston Texans teammate Andre Johnson. Apparently when Johnson texted him to congratulate him on the championship, Reed already knew he wanted to team up.

“Andre just said congratulations,” Reed said, according to CSNHouston.com. “He said congratulations and it was more my comment to him.”

The comment that Reed is referring to was, “Get me to Houston.”

“There’s one thing I know, Baltimore is always going to be there,” Reed said. “It’s not going to float off the map. I can always go back. Do I miss it a little bit? Yeah, I miss certain things about it, but that’s part of life.”

Again, Reed likely knew that the Ravens were not going to have the resources to keep him around. Rather than kick the tires on free agency and risk winding up with a lousy team, he obviously had his sights immediately set on another playoff team. Who can blame him?

Andre Johnson Mic’d Up During Cortland Finnegan Brawl (Video)

Is this mic’d up stuff fun or what?  If you enjoy listening to what goes on inside the trenches on a normal day in the NFL, you’ll love getting a glimpse into the action that leads up to the best brawl we’ve seen all year.  Read and React tracked down the Sound FX video of Andre Johnson mic’d up on Sunday leading up to his throw down with Cortland Finnegan.  It’s definitely entertaining stuff and gives us the feeling that Finnegan is even more of a douche than we originally thought.  Check it out:

Both guys were obviously taking a fair amount of shots, but you can tell Johnson is a patient guy who just lost it.  Finnegan has a reputation for doing this type of thing, as evidenced by his trying to pump up the Texans’ crowd when he was heading to the locker room after being thrown out.  I’m glad he got up and clapped after Andre banged him out.  Johnson deserved the applause.