What to Expect in Andre Johnson's Age 34 Season with the Colts

The precedent has been set across recent eras for a WR of Andre Johnson's talent to produce at a high level at 34-years-old. Fantasy football fans should take note too.

INDIANAPOLIS --- New Colts WR Andre Johnson's resume speaks for itself: 7 Pro Bowls, 9th all-time in receptions, and 12th all-time in receiving yards, but what should fans expect in 2015? Johnson turns 34 on July 11th, which has some people doubting his upside. A look at history though shows wideouts can flourish at that age.

Here is the list of the top-15 all-time leaders in receiving yards by wide receivers (TE Tony Gonzalez would be the only addition overall ahead of Tim Brown at 5th):

1.

Jerry Rice

22,895

2.

Terrell Owens

15,934

3.

Randy Moss

15,292

4.

Isaac Bruce

15,208

5.

Tim Brown

14,934

6.

Marvin Harrison

14,580

7.

Reggie Wayne*

14,345

8.

James Lofton

14,004

9.

Cris Carter

13,899

10.

Henry Ellard

13,777

11.

Andre Johnson*

13,597

12.

Torry Holt

13,382

13.

Steve Smith*

13,262

14.

Andre Reed

13,198

15.

Steve Largent

13,089

*active

Now, here's what each of those top-15 leaders in receiving yardage did in their age 34 seasons:

1.

Jerry Rice

Receptions

108

Yards

1254

TD

8

2.

Terrell Owens

81

1355

15

3.

Randy Moss

DID

NOT

PLAY

4.

Isaac Bruce

74

1098

3

5.

Tim Brown

76

1128

11

6.

Marvin Harrison

95

1366

12

7.

Reggie Wayne*

106

1355

5

8.

James Lofton

35

712

4

9.

Cris Carter

90

1241

13

10.

Henry Ellard

56

1005

5

11.

Andre Johnson*

?

?

?

12.

Torry Holt

Retired

13.

Steve Smith*

64

745

4

age 34

79

1065

6

age 35

14.

Andre Reed

63

795

5

15.

Steve Largent

39

645

2

Nine of those 14 other receivers posted 1,000 yard seasons at age 34, and Steve Smith did it at age 35. The three that didn't (Lofton, Reed, Largent) played in an era where passing wasn't as prominent, while Holt and Moss did not play their age 34 seasons.

If you want more examples other than a top-15 list of the best receivers of all-time, there are plenty. Anquan Boldin posted 83 receptions for 1062 yards and 5 touchdowns this past season in San Francisco. He was 34-years-old. Here are some more receivers who put up 1,000 yards at age 34 from various eras:

Receptions

Yards

TD

Year

Donald Driver

70

1061

6

2009

Derrick Mason

80

1037

5

2008

Joey Galloway

83

1287

10

2005

Jimmy Smith

54

805

4

2003

Irving Fryar

88

1195

11

1996

Art Monk

71

1049

8

1991

Charlie Joiner

70

1188

7

1981

What else does Andre Johnson have going for him, in addition to the precedent of countless productive 34-year-old NFL receivers? An upgrade at quarterback with Andrew Luck.

Johnson's quarterbacks averaged 3,752 passing yards, 19.9 TD, and 15.2 interceptions per seasons in his 12 years in Houston for a passer rating of 85.32. In the past two seasons, Luck has averaged 4,319 yards, 31.5 touchdowns, and 12.5 interceptions for a passer rating of 91.96.

The potential is there for Johnson to contribute at a high-level opposite the Colts established top target of T.Y. Hilton, considering past precedent, potential future quarterback production, and having compiled seven 1,100 yard campaigns already.

Age 34? Just a number.

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