If there’s one skill position veteran that could really give the young Tennessee Titans a lift in 2016, it’s that of wide out Andre Johnson, a player Titans fans use to cringe having to watch make plays against them twice per season.
Johnson is now on his third AFC South team, as after his time with the Texans he spent a rather quiet season with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015.
Now at 35 years old, he’s hoping for one more good run catching passes from second-year superstar in the making QB Marcus Mariota, and is hoping to make the Titans into winners in 2016 in the process.
“I am feeling pretty good,’’ Johnson said Monday to the Titans official website. “As far as days practicing, this is the most consecutive days I have practiced in a few years. My body is feeling good. I am just doing what I need to do to be ready for opening day.”
Johnson has been easing his way into more playing time this camp and preseason for Tennessee, and thus far has two grabs for 15 yards. He played a total of 15 offensive snaps for the Titans in their second preseason game this past weekend against the Chargers.
A veteran like Johnson doesn’t have much to prove in the preseason other than to get his legs under him for a long season ahead. Titans head coach Mike Mularkey seems just fine in letting Johnson work at his own pace this camp.
“I have seen him every day,’’ Mularkey said of Johnson. “I can promise you, in the last five years he hasn’t practiced every day in training camp like he has here, and he hasn’t blinked.”
There’s no need to rush out and play a guy 40-50 snaps in a preseason game who has amassed 1,053 catches, 14,100 receiving yards and 68 touchdowns, and the Titans and Johnson are both playing it safe in that regard.
Don’t lose sight of Johnson, as he’s a player that can have a duel impact on this Titans team in 2016 – one of a playmaker on offense, as well as a solid leader in terms of the locker room during the week as well as during Tennessee Titans games in 2016.