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Old 10-26-2012   #30
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Default Re: Andre Johnson: Declining, Evolving, Or Victim of Dominance?

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Originally Posted by Double Barrel View Post
Yeah, I've noticed this, too. He's not getting separation like he used to. I accepted the fact last season that he's not going to be the best WR in football for the rest of his career.

But, I think he's still got good hands and ability to overpower defenders at times. He's not the deep threat that he used to be, but I think he's good enough that defenses will still account for him.

However, a solid CB can cover him now, like we saw with Cromartie in the Jets game. AJ would have dominated a guy like that a few years ago, but Cromartie was putting up a Revis performance that night. Fortunately, we do not need AJ to win games, so his diminished skills will not hurt us as much as it would have in 2009.

Age and injuries are the great equalizers in football, as always. Nobody, not even the greatest of greats, can beat that simple fact of life.
I agree with you and Vinny. The uncomfortable feeling I have is not knowing for sure if he will get some better, worse or continue to have injuries causing chunks of games missed. I also realize he is one of those players that some posters will allow no criticism. What he is or will become has nothing to do with what he was. Still, a wise Ric Smith should have a plan to replace AJ on the field before the end of days.
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