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Andre Johnson: "You Just Have To Wait Your Time. Your Time Will Come"

Intro: Andre Johnson’s time in the Colts offense will inevitably come. What are Johnson’s thoughts after catching just seven passes through three weeks?


INDIANAPOLIS – Andre Johnson knew these sort of stat lines were possible when he walked into an "explosive" Colts wide receiver group.

That's what intrigued Johnson about coming to Indianapolis this offseason.

When Johnson signed with the Colts back in March he made it clear that the allure of winning took top precedent in coming to an offense where No. 1 targets were not likely.

Through three games, Johnson's seven catches in 18 targets is well behind the production we've seen from Donte Moncrief (17 catches for 200 yards) and T.Y. Hilton (15 catches for 227 yards).

"In coming to this team, I knew that we had a lot of guys here that can make plays," Johnson said on Monday. "You just have to wait your time. Your time will come.

"I'm not upset. I'm here to win. I don't play fantasy football (laughs). I'm just here to help win and help this team get to the next level."

Johnson was shut out on Sunday for the first time since the 2005 season.

A holding penalty negated a 37-yard third-quarter reception by Johnson.

Outside of that, the 12-year veteran saw just one of Andrew Luck's 30 targets.

Last week, Luck was asked about how to get the tight ends involved.

This week, Johnson is the man in question.

"It's early. It's Week 3. Production wise, he still does a great job blocking, running routes," Luck said of Johnson. "Patience with everything. No worries there by any means.

"He's a great, steady presence as a leader for this offense. Just because maybe the catches aren't where they are normally for a guy like that, doesn't mean he's not helping contribute in a big way. I don't foresee the catches not catching up in a sense."

In Sunday's win over the Titans, the Colts relied on Moncrief (56 snaps) and Hilton (53 snaps) for the bulk of their receiving production.

Johnson (40 snaps) might not have recorded a catch on Sunday but you couldn't tell watching him celebrate the eventual game-winner from Moncrief.

The 34-year-old-Johnson has had his days as a true No. 1 target (he averaged 102 catches per year the last three seasons).

Before 2015 closes, his time will come.

But, no matter what happens, he's hoping to be a part of more moments like Sunday.

"I told Donte after he caught that touchdown I jumped like I caught it," Johnson said. "It's fun being around these guys, young guys. That makes me enjoy the game a lot more. It makes me feel young. They're a very talented group.

"That's one of the reasons, like I said, why I came here. Like I said, I'm not really caught up into the numbers game. I don't get caught up into that. I'm just trying to do what I need to do to help the team win."

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