Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson has revealed how disappointed and outraged he was when he was told by current coach Bill O’Brien that he was no longer going to be a starter for the Texans.
Andre Johnson is now 33, and as such the Texans have decided that the veteran receiver is no longer crucial to their plans. According to Johnson, head coach O’Brien even sat the lifelong Texan down and told him to only expect 40 passes next season after catching 85 balls last season, and 112 and 109 in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Safe to say, the seven-time Pro Bowler was disgusted at the suggestion that he was now not even among the top two receivers for the Texans. Granted, DeAndre Hopkins has now surpassed Johnson as Houston’s number one wideout, but there isn’t another wideout on the Texans’ depth chart that can even closely match Andre’s consistency.
"I just laughed," said Johnson of his reaction to O’Brien’s comments, according to NFL.com. "They gave me my role, and I just laughed at them. How do you tell a guy who is used to catching 80 balls a year that he was going to catch 40?"
Johnson even went further and questioned who at the Texans, except DeAndre Hopkins, is better than him at this current time.
"I was floored," Johnson added. "I don't feel like there is a guy on that team that can outplay me or outwork me. I mean, who am I going to play behind? So I was real honest with him: 'If that's your role for me, you're going to be dealing with a miserable football player."