After his nine-catch, 196-yard game at St. Louis yesterday, Texans receiver Andre Johnson receieved a heaping of praise from the Rams' defensive backs.
"He can do it all: size, speed, run after the catch, blocking ... everything," Rams conrerback Ron Bartell said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "There's nobody that compares to him. He's by far the best in the league."
Rams second-year cornerback Justin King, a fourth-round draft pick from Penn State in 2008, was equally awed by Johnson's performance.
"We saw a great one today," King said. "He's a physical specimen. He's big, fast, he runs good routes, strong guy ... he's an all-around receiver. I have nothing but good things to say about the man."
Johnson had three catches of 30 yards in the game, his second consecutive 190-yard receiving effort and the second-best game (in terms of receiving yards) of his career. Bartell told the *Post-Dispatch *that Johnson was "playing backyard football, just running his routes based off the coverage."
The Texans moved Johnson all over the field - even lining him up at fullback before sending him in motion on at least one play.
"We tried to get as much double coverage on him as we can," Rams safety Craig Dahl said, "but, shoot, when you have one of the best receivers and then the perfect play (called) against some of our coverages ... "
Johnson leads the league with 1,433 receiving yards this season. He has eight touchdowns, which ties a franchise record.