Andre Johnson v. Larry Fitzgerald - ESPN Scout Addresses

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  1. jppaul

    jppaul Cut and Dry

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    AFC South Blogger Paul Kularshky? addresses a mistake that he made earlier when he said Fitzgerald was faster than Johnson, and leads to a comparison of the two receivers head to head.

    Really interesting how he breaks it down

    http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcsouth/0-10-137/Revisiting-AJ-vs--Fitz-on-speed.html

    I feel there are couple flaws in the analysis from the scout in part because I believe part of the reason he gives Fitzgerald the "slight edge" is because of his red zone production, but I don't think that is a fair comparison because our play calling last year didn't utilize Johnson in the redzone on fade routes, which he proved that he has no problem dominating on if given a chance.

    With Shanahan taking over playcalling duties I think you are going to see alot more of the fade in the endzone. Kubiak said it himself he outsmarted himself in the redzone. Do what works throw it up for Andre.

    Anyway interesting article.
     
  2. Texan JBZ

    Texan JBZ Da Sip's Finest

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    I'll go ahead and end this nonsense. Andre Johnson is the best WR in the game. Fitzgerald is competing with Moss for second place. And that is coming from a completely unbiased viewpoint...:texflag::fans::texans::texan:
     
  3. DiehardChris

    DiehardChris You betcha!

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    For me, it's all about AJ's ability to bring it down in traffic. I don't think there's anyone better at that. Lots of WRs are fast. Lots of WRs have great hands. Finding guys who have both of those PLUS the hand strength and body control to consistently bring it down in traffic - AND not have that size and strength limit his ability to also be a deep threat? Pssshh please - Nobody's better.
     
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  4. Hervoyel

    Hervoyel The Right Track

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    I think the only reason AJ continues to lose this comparison is production in big games because essentially we haven't played in one yet. Fitz gets that buzz off of the Super Bowl run and nothing AJ can do will top that until he has a big game in a big game. It's simply exposure. Everyone here knows what he can do. Most of the talking heads know what we've got here with AJ. He just needs that "moment" to light it all up.
     
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    'nuff said!
    </discussion>.

    rep your way
     
  6. Hardcore Texan

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    That and the fact I saw AJ carry 2 defenders on his back about 8 or 9 yards for a touchdown last season (I think it was the Bengal game?). I can't remember seeing any other WR display that kind of strength.
     
  7. HOU-TEX

    HOU-TEX Ah, Football!

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    I think they're both badasses. I think Fitz might have the better hands, but only by a very slim margin.
     
  8. Tailgate

    Tailgate Fall of Hame

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    Yeah, I think thats one thing that Fitz has over AJ.... just by the slimmest of margins tho. Fitz is def. a master at shielding himself between the defender and the ball, and always seems to come down with a crazy catch in traffic.
     


  9. GuerillaBlack

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    I think Fitz has more ups than Andre, too, but I've seen AJ go high.
     
  10. Texecutioner

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    YOu could go with either one and you wouldn't be wrong. Fitz has better career numbers though, but I think anyone picking either or would be right.
     
  11. Mike Kerns

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    I'm of the mind that you cant go wring with either of them.

    Flip a coin.

    1a and 1b.

    Every other team in the league would go crazy to get either of them.
     
  12. beerlover

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    Fitzgerald is a master of body control in space; Andre is a physical, power receiver with elite straight line speed. Both are @ the top of their games. :specnatz:
     
  13. Vinny

    Vinny shiny happy fan Staff Member

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    If you never make it to the playoffs the rest of the nation only 'really' sees you when you play them. Both are great receivers but Fits went to the SB last season and had more in your face exposure. AJ will always get second fiddle to equally outstanding wr's if we can't ever be better than a .500 team.
     
  14. V3rm0nt3r

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    is this a Texans board or what? Johnson makes Fitz look like a schmuck. there is no other way to put it. if they went head to head in a skills competition AJ would take every event, even the height and weight measurements (he'd grow 2 inches the day before competition). AJ IS GOD PEOPLE! get used to it.:wild:

    VT OUT!
     
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    I think Larry is one of the best WR's in the game. But the truth is that the spotlight of the playoffs and super bowl has magnified his skills and pumped up his ranking to the public.

    Andre Johnson is THE BEST WR in the game. His blend of speed, power, and ability to catch any range and turn it into a big play shows that he is the best.

    A few things about our boy AJ.

    He is left-handed. And right-handed.

    His shirts never wrinkle.

    He’s a lover, not a fighter, but he’s also a fighter, so don’t get any ideas.

    If a monument was built in his honor, Mt. Rushmore would close, due to poor attendance.

    His blood smells like cologne.

    On every continent in the world, there is a sandwich named after him.

    Respected archaeologists fight over his discarded apple cores.

    [​IMG]
     
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  16. Maddict5

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    its like the manning-brady debate. its a waste of time to say one or the other is better. they're 1a & 1b. im just glad we have one of them
     
  17. Mr teX

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    what the hell is this?...The hallmark of Fitzgerald's game is that he's got that freakishly uncanny ability to go up, get the ball at it's highest point & bring it down over defender(s)........... & all hands at that. His speed is also underrated; he's improved that since he's been n the league That was never more apparent than this past postseason when he pulled off on Polamalu & Townsend for that TD in the superbowl. AJ's a beast but Fitz does have the slight edge & it has next to nothing to do with exposure for me.
     
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  18. infantrycak

    infantrycak Mod. Staff Member

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    That is a notable part of Fitz' game. Then again, it is also a notable part of AJ's. Just think of a couple 4th down or game saving plays on last drives of the games against Miami and TN (over Finnegan for one) last year.

    Fitz is plenty fast, just not as fast as AJ. Not sure outrunning those two guys is the best example around.
     
  19. Vinny

    Vinny shiny happy fan Staff Member

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    besides, their speed difference can be measured in arm lengths. If you guys watched the combine there isn't much difference in a 4.38 and a 4.43 (just using random numbers).
     
  20. Mr teX

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    Eh..maybe you're right & I agree, but he's not as slow as everyone thinks he is either.
     

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