It was announced Wednesday evening that Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson ranked 15th on NFL Network’s list of the ‘Top 100 Players of 2012.’ Johnson is the fourth and final Texan to make the list, which is voted on by NFL players.
Johnson ranked seventh on NFL Network’s ‘Top 100’ list last year. A five-time Pro Bowler, he played in only seven regular-season games in 2011 because of hamstring injuries and caught 33 passes for 492 yards and two touchdowns. He had 13 catches for 201 yards and a touchdown in the Texans’ two playoff games.
Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards in 2008 and 2009, becoming the second player in league history with 1,500 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons. He has averaged 79.1 receiving yards per game in his career, highest in NFL history among players with at least 100 games played. Since quarterback Matt Schaub came to Houston in 2007, Johnson has 93.5 receiving yards per game, 11.5 yards better over that span than the next-closest player, Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals.
Fitzgerald and the Lions’ Calvin Johnson will finish ahead of Johnson on the list. Johnson was the 12th wide receiver to make the ‘Top 100,’ following the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks (90), Packers’ Jordy Nelson (80), Bengals’ A.J. Green (77), Eagles’ DeSean Jackson (71), Falcons’ Roddy White (65), Packers’ Greg Jennings (56), Bears’ Devin Hester (48), Steelers’ Mike Wallace (47), Giants’ Victor Cruz (39), Panthers’ Steve Smith (35) and Patriots’ Wes Welker (23).
Also representing the Texans on the ‘Top 100’ list in 2012 were running back Arian Foster (25th), linebacker Brian Cushing (54th) and cornerback Johnathan Joseph (73rd). The Texans had the same amount of players on the list this year, after going 10-6 and winning the AFC South, as they did last year after finishing 6-10.
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