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Andre Johnson‘s tour around the AFC South will stay put in Tennessee for the foreseeable future. The 35-year-old receiver, who put up Hall-of-Fame numbers in Houston and aging veteran numbers in Indianapolis, appears to have made the Titans‘ regular-season roster.

A day before the deadline, the Titans trimmed their roster to 53 players. That roster could always change before the team opens up the regular season against the Teddy Bridgewater-less, Sam Bradford-led Vikings next weekend. But, for now, Johnson is safe. He made the team.

Why? Because he made plays, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

In the preseason, Johnson caught five passes for 80 yards, showing brief signs of life after his disappointing 2015 season. In their third preseason game — the so-called dress rehearsal for the regular season — second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota hit Johnson for gains of 38, 14, and 13 yards.

As Mularkey said, he made plays.

Johnson’s chances were also improved when the Titans traded Dorial Green-Beckham to the Eagles in mid-August. Green-Beckham was a second-round pick just a year ago.

So, with veterans Johnson and Harry Douglas on the roster, the Titans’ depth chart is probably looking something like this, per ESPN’s Mike Clay:

  1. Tajae Sharpe
  2. Rishard Matthews
  3. Kendall Wright (if healthy)
  4. Andre Johnson
  5. Harry Douglas
  6. Tre McBride

There are worse fourth receivers than Johnson, who’s racked up 1,053 receptions, 14,100 yards, and 68 touchdowns. And as CBS Sports’ Jared Dubin wrote when Johnson first visited the Titans this offseason, “The Titans’ non-Harry Douglas wide receivers have an average of two years of NFL experience.” Sharpe has turned heads this preseason (he’s even our sleeper pick of the year!), but he’s still a fifth-round rookie.

Still, don’t expect Johnson to turn back into a fantasy star in the Titans’ exotic smashmouth.


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Andre Johnson, a likely future Hall of Famer, makes Titans’ 53-man roster