Andre Johnson is anything but loud.
The Indianapolis Colts’ new wide receiver speaks in a low tone of voice. He's 33 and humble.
It’s not about what he’s done in the NFL. His Houston Texans numbers jump off the page: 169 games in 12 seasons, 1,012 receptions for 13,597 yards and 64 TDs, seven Pro Bowls, four All-Pro selections including two first teams.
But these days, it’s about what Johnson still wants to do. For now, that’s fitting in with new teammates during offseason training activities and learning how the Colts go about their business.
He laughs when asked if he’s ever been a part of a team with such a deep group of talented wide receivers.
“Not since college,” he said of his time with the Miami Hurricanes.
“There is a lot of great talent in the room,” Johnson said. “A lot of young guys. I have fun working with them. They keep me young. It’s a lot of fun. I just can’t wait.”
Some might wonder how quarterback Andrew Luck can keep his receivers appeased with enough touches. That includes tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. But Johnson basically speaks from experience — he’s been in just four playoff games in his career — when he says this won’t be a problem.
“I don’t believe you can ever have enough weapons,” Johnson said. “I’m just excited to have all the guys in here.”
His three-time Pro Bowl passer, who threw an NFL-best 40 TD passes last season, isn’t too concerned, either.
“I think if you start thinking about wide receivers being happy, as a quarterback, you’ll dig yourself (into) a mental hole real quick,” Luck said. “I think that’s what the beauty of this offense is, that everybody is counted on to make plays. There are ways to get everybody open and everybody is a part of the offense.”
So when Johnson says he’s just trying to fit in, he means it. Granted, it’s June and the regular season is still three months away. He knows the offseason routine. But for the first time in a long while, he doesn’t have to shoulder the burden of ensuring a passing game succeeds. The Colts were No. 1 in passing offense (305.9 yards per game) without him last year.
“I’m just here trying to learn as much as I can,” Johnson said. “We run on the field and try to get the timing down with Andrew. That’s the process right now, just learning the system. That’s what I’m trying to do every day.”
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been impressed by Johnson and running back Frank Gore, who are established NFL stars yet don’t ask out of any drills or snaps in workouts. They’re setting an example for their new teammates by their actions.
“I just try to come in every day and take a step forward every day and get better as a player,” Johnson said.
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