O’Brien: ‘I’ll let Andre speak for himself’

O’Brien: ‘I’ll let Andre speak for himself’
May 16, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Earlier this week, the best player in Texans franchise history, Andre Johnson, expressed some frustration at a charity even, saying he wasn’t sure if Houston was still the place for him.

Johnson skipped the team’s veteran minicamp the week before.

On Friday, after the first day of rookie minicamp, head coach Bill O’Brien was asked about Johnson’s comments.

“You know, I’m not going to comment on what Andre said,” O’Brien said. “I think I’ll let Andre speak for himself. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Andre and his career here in Houston. The conversations that Andre and I have had have been very positive about what we’re doing here as a team and obviously offensively what we’re doing here. And we’ve had good communication here. But as far as what Andre said, I’ll let him speak for himself. I can tell you from my end, we’ve had good, positive communication.”

It’s no surprise that the two have been speaking. In fact, Johnson said they’ve been talking at least once every two weeks.  

Johnson, who is the franchise leader in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns said as of Tuesday that he wasn’t planning on attending OTAs or the team’s voluntary minicamp in June.

On Friday, O’Brien was asked if he expects Johnson to be at training camp and with the team at the beginning of the season.

“Again, we’re going to continue to communicate,” O’Brien answered. “We’ve had good discussions, good talks and we’ve spoken quite a bit and we’ll continue to do that.”