HOUSTON - Anyone who watches the Texans knows how important Andre Johnson is to the team for his receiving skills.
What most probably don't realize is everything else the
sixth-year player brings to the Texans.
When Johnson missed Houston's entire offseason practice schedule
after arthroscopic knee surgery, coach Gary Kubiak noticed a
difference in the practice intensity. Now that he's back on the
field for training camp, things are back to normal.
Kubiak says -- quote -- "He's the heart and soul of this team
and that's the way he goes about his business."
Johnson isn't a loud or in your face type of leader. In fact,
he's probably the most introverted and soft-spoken player on the
team. His performance speaks for itself and players follow his
example without him having to say a word.
That's one reason it was so difficult for him to miss seven
games last season. Before that he'd sat out just three games in
four seasons. Johnson said he felt helpless watching from the
sidelines, knowing he couldn't help out.
Notes: Recently signed running back Chris Brown injured his
hamstring this morning. Kubiak says -- quote -- "He's not in the
shape the rest of our football team is and we found that out real
fast. He got gassed the first night he was out here. He got gassed
earlier today and he's not up with our team." ... The Texans will
have their first day off since training camp began tomorrow.
They'll resume workouts with two practices on Monday.