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Old 08-04-2011   #1
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In jest, he referred to himself as "the old vet," but the tag does fit. This is Andre Johnson's ninth training camp, all with the Texans. Among teammates, only Neil Rackers (11 seasons), Damione Lewis (10) and Brad Maynard (14) have been in the NFL longer, while fellow wide receiver Kevin Walter and guard Wade Smith have stuck just as long.

One of Johnson's discoveries is that the nicks not only last longer now but they also occur more frequently than before. On Tuesday, he dislocated his left index finger during a one-on-one drill with rookie Roc Carmichael, but the injury isn't major.

It won't linger into the regular season, during which Johnson — at 30 and after a nearly decade-long playoff drought — insists he's maintaining a singular focus.

"There's nothing else," Johnson said. "I've been All-Pro, been to Pro Bowls and had 1,500-yard seasons. All it's about now is winning Super Bowls. That's the reason why I play. That's my goal.

"I'm going to do everything to help this organization get there."


This is a serious matter because Johnson, beyond his excellence on Sundays, is noted for his silence. He is quiet by nature, not loud with anything besides his statistics. He is not a self-promoter, which makes sense because he's arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL — and aren't actions supposed to speak louder than words?

Has anyone adhered to that axiom/cliché more than Johnson? Well, not anymore. He's speaking up. Johnson revealed Sunday he chatted with free-agent acquisition Johnathan Joseph in the offseason at a wedding for Fred Bennett, a former Texan and South Carolina alumnus (like Joseph).

"He just told me what a great organization it was here and how much I would like it here, the city and fans and that's what you want to be part of in this league," Joseph said.
Captivating an audience

While that might not seem like much of a gesture, right tackle Eric Winston disagrees.

"There's not a better mouthpiece than Andre to go recruit guys because he has such immense respect around the league," he said. "He picks and chooses his situations when he wants to speak about something, but when he speaks, you listen."

Not all great players are inclined to seek help or can be bothered to assist in recruiting other great players. And then there is Johnson.

"He leads by example on the field every day by how he conducts himself and handles himself as a pro, but I think he has quietly taken upon himself more of a vocal role," Winston said. "He's trying to help out and trying to recruit these guys, so to speak, and try to sell the team as what he sees it as. He sees it as such an opportunity, and he sees the potential here."
'An open book'

Rookie wide receiver Terrence Toliver, a Hempstead High graduate, is already envisioning the possibilities. A long shot to make the roster by virtue of being an undrafted free agent, Toliver's odds increased when the Texans waived David Anderson. With a few more practices under his belt, buoyed by some special instruction, he's confident he'll make the cut.

"I'll learn from the best, Andre Johnson," Toliver said.

That's the point, anyway, and Johnson, to his credit, is fond of saying he's an "open book" for Toliver, second-year wide receiver Dorin Dickerson or anyone in search of knowledge.

"I remember … the way they talked about (Toliver) coming out of high school," Johnson said. "I think he's a very talented guy. I'm excited to have a young guy like that, to get to help him out and teach him a little."

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No explanation needed, really.
OK. So when I read this i went...

EARL -- Mitchell.
NOLAN -- Troy.
HAKEEM -- uh... waitasecond...
AJ...

Ohhhhhh... OK.
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OK. So when I read this i went...

EARL -- Mitchell.
NOLAN -- Troy.
HAKEEM -- uh... waitasecond...
AJ...

Ohhhhhh... OK.
Dude, a little slow today??

I'm proud to say that I got that one right away!!
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OK. So when I read this i went...

EARL -- Mitchell.
NOLAN -- Troy.
HAKEEM -- uh... waitasecond...
AJ...(Burge)

Ohhhhhh... OK.
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