By Michael Beller
If the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s bust supplier wants to save some time, it could use any lull in activity to start working on getting Andre Johnson in bronze. No matter what happens the rest of his career, he’s going to have a place in Canton. By time the 2015 season ends, he’ll be in the top 10 in NFL history in receiving yards and, depending on whether or not Reggie Wayne finds a home, he may be in the top five in receptions. This season, he’s going to surpass Henry Ellard, Cris Carter and James Lofton in yards. If Wayne doesn’t play, he’ll pass his former University of Miami teammate. If he reaches 1,000 yards for the eighth time in his career, he’ll put Marvin Harrison in his rear-view mirror, as well. Meanwhile, only Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez are guaranteed to be ahead of Johnson on the all-time reception list when this season ends. He needs 77 catches to pass Terrell Owens, 83 to best Tim Brown, 90 to outdo Carter and 91 to move ahead of Harrison. So, yeah, we think it’s safe for Hall of Fame Bust, Inc. to start working on Johnson’s likeness.
It might seem like a lot to ask of a 34-year-old receiver who isn’t even the No. 1 option on his team to post a 90-catch, 1,000-yard season. As we just made clear, however, Johnson isn’t just any receiver. He also doesn’t play in any old offense with any old quarterback. Now that Johnson is freed from the shackles of Houston and has been let loose in the veritable Eden of the Indianapolis offense led by Andrew Luck, he could easily reach those numbers while also doing one of the few things he has never done in his career: reach the end zone 10 times.
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