After griping about the direction of the organization and reportedly asking to be traded, Andre Johnson showed up at the Houston Texans’ practice facility today to begin learning the team’s new offense. That would certainly seem to be a sign that Johnson plans on reporting when training camp opens for veterans on Friday.
Despite the off-field drama, head coach Bill O’Brien has to be pleased with this development; Johnson is arguably the team’s most dominant offensive player, and if they want to have any hope of a decent season they need him on the field. Johnson had previously skipped OTAs and one of the team’s minicamps, but O’Brien has been keeping it positive with the media in hopes the 11-year veteran would come around.
It appears that, for now, he has. There’s also the matter of the daily fine of $30,000 per day for missing training camp, which probably helped Johnson make his decision about whether to show up.