Donald Driver: 'Andre will be back'

Donald Driver: 'Andre will be back'
June 23, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Andre Johnson is entering his 11th season in the NFL and with the Texans.

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Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver believes Andre Johnson will be in a Texans uniform this season.

Driver held a youth football camp in his home town of Houston on Monday. Driver still spends time in Houston and still follows the Texans closely. The retired wideout knows Johnson’s current situation because he’s gone through it himself.

“I’ve been through the same situation Andre’s in,” Driver said. “You feel like you want more. Normally, the organization knows what they want and the player knows what they want. Sometimes you have to meet in the middle. I think sooner or later they’re going to meet in the middle and Andre is going to be back at camp.”

Johnson said on May 13 that he was questioning if Houston was still the place for him to play football. It was back on that day, when the 11-year vet, who’s played his entire career for the Texans, said he was not going to attend OTAs and mandatory minicamp.

Driver, who played 14 seasons, also for just one team, said the practices Johnson opted to miss are not all that important.

“As long as he’s here for training camp, I guess that’s the biggest thing,” Driver said. “You know these minicamps and OTAs, do they really matter at the end of the day? No. As long as he’s here for training camp when the season is starting and is getting ready to kick off. Andre will be back. It’s just one of those things; it’s a business decision that we all have to deal with. It’s unfortunate.”

Driver believes Johnson will be back with the Texans because Houston doesn’t have many options if they decided to take the field without No. 80 this season.

“Andre is here,” Driver said. “He isn’t going anywhere. He’s made the team what it is and if you lose one of those guys, where are you going from there? You only go downhill. One of the things is, they don’t have any one to replace him at this point. He’s still one of the top receivers in the game so you got to give him credit.”

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