Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson did not have a reception and was targeted two times while playing 40 snaps in Sunday's win over Jacksonville Dolphins , the WTHR TV in Indianapolis reports.
Johnson didn't have a reception for a second consecutive game and has seven receptions in four games. While he's getting snaps on offense, he appears to be the fourth or fifth option in the passing offense, making it hard to justify his roster spot in most formats.
Johnson has seven receptions in three games, as he's nowhere close to living up to the three-year, $21 million contract he signed in free agency. It also looks like he may have fallen to No. 3 or No. 4 on the depth chart, as both Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett figured prominently in Indy's fourth-quarter comeback.
Johnson has just seven receptions for 51 yards through two games. He's also caught just seven of 17 passes thrown his direction. He hasn't been in sync with Andrew Luck and appears to have been bypassed by Donte Moncrief in the order for targets. It's just two games and the entire Indy offense has struggled, so he should improve. However, there are reasons to be worried given Johnson's age (34) and the decline in his per-play effectiveness the previous two seasons.
The wide receiver and running back performed so well in OTA work Wednesday that Pagano claimed that it appeared they had been with the organization for years.
"Pretty seamless," Pagano said about their work. "They don't miss a beat as far as the playbook goes, knowing what to do. Every time I see them in the huddle, break a huddle, to me it looks like they're going the right direction. They're lining up right. They're very talented, talented guys. They fit right into the locker room. They're professionals. ... They're not talkers. They're workers, they're doers."
Both veterans, however, have shown signs that their best days are behind them. The 33-year-old Johnson failed to reach 1,000 yards receiving last season for Houston for the first time in his last seven full seasons. The 32-year-old Gore managed another 1,000-yard performance in 2014, but his total was its lowest of any in a full season since 2008.
Johnson, 33, joined the Colts this offseason after 12 campaigns in Houston, where he recorded 1,012 receptions, 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns to become one of the NFL's elite receivers.
|8||11/2/15||@ CAR||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/22/15||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|13||12/6/15||@ PIT||8:30 pm|
|14||12/13/15||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/27/15||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
Mens Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck Nike Royal Blue Elite Jersey Shop Now!