Andre Johnson will benefit from a change of scenery:

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The Indianapolis Colts got a heck of a free agent signing when they inked Andre Johnson to a 3 year 21 million dollar contract. The former Houston Texans receiver was exceptional during his time with the team contributing 7 seasons of at least 1,000 yards receiving. Now entering his 12th season Johnson will be catching passes from the best quarterback he has ever played with in Andrew Luck. The results have already been promising with Johnson catching a touchdown pass in the preseason against the Rams. What had to be most appealing for the Colts organization on that play was the fact that Andre Johnson was showing glimpses of what he used to be. Paired along with T.Y Hilton the Colts offense will be more dynamic than it has been in the past. They also added a proven veteran in Frank Gore, and return Deion Branch. All of these other offensive options will likely take pressure off Johnson and allow him to have an up year. Johnson had only three touchdown receptions last year and that number surely will go up this season. At the end of the day the new environment might be enough to help resurrect Johnsons career. He was clearly getting burned out mentally his final few season in Houston. This was evident by the fact at the end of his time there he asked to be released from the team a few different times. Maybe turning a new leaf might be what Johnson needed and from his body language it seems to be working. He might be someone to keep an eye on with a later round fantasy football draft pick. Any time you combine a 7 time Pro Bowl receiver with a top quarterback in the league good things are going to happen. The formula seems to be one that will pay dividends in the Colts future. Johnson will also reap the benefits.

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Andrew Luck will look to take the next step in 2015:

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The Indianapolis Colts had a long term plan when they decided to let Peyton Manning walk via free agency and decided to pick Andrew Luck number 1 overall in the 2012 draft. Their plan has seemed to pay off. While Manning was one of the top passers in the league, Luck showed promise that we haven’t seen in a quarterback prospect in years. The Colts recognized this fact and took the risky move of going with Luck over Manning, now four years into Luck’s career the Colts are back in Super Bowl contention year in and year out. Contention however is not good enough for Luck and his legacy. He is already recognized as one of best passers in the league but to truly elevate himself amongst the great quarterbacks in the league he must win more in the postseason. While last year Luck had one of his best years as a pro stats wise where he was able to pass for 40 passing touchdowns and 4,761 passing yards. He still came up short of making it to the Super Bowl with a prime opportunity to supplant the Patriots in the AFC division championship. In that game the Colts would flop suffering a devastating 45-7 loss and Luck himself would struggle completing only 12 of 33 passes and throwing for no touchdowns and two interceptions. In order to off set that underachievement the Colts decided to bring in Andre Johnson one of the leagues most prolific pass catchers. With another year under Luck’s belt and the addition of Andre Johnson that offense should be even more dynamic this time around. Especially since key players like T.Y Hilton will also have another year of NFL experience under their belt. Look for this team to take that next step in this next season of NFL action and it will all start with Andrew Luck. The same guy the Colts put all their faith in when they had to make one of the toughest decisions of their franchise.

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