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So far, so good for Andre Johnson in Tennessee

Andre Johnson, Bob Bratkowski

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Andre Johnson runs a drill as wide receivers coach Bob Bratkowski, right, watches during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


Overlooked in the decision of the Titans to trade 2015 second-round receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to the Eagles is the reality that Tennessee believes it has the players it needs at the position.

While explaining the move on Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Titans coach Mike Mularkey pointed to the strength of the position, and Mularkey pointed out among other things the presence of Andre Johnson. So how is the veteran doing?

“Well, he’s making some plays,” Mularkey said. “He came right in here and picked it up, picked up the system very quickly. Threw a lot at him and really in a night of about an hour of being here, came in the next practice and looked like he had been here forever. He’s still very much of a threat, he believes he is and that’s a lot of it. He gets out here and he hasn’t missed a beat, he hasn’t taken a practice off, he hasn’t asked to, and I’ve told him to try and slow down a little bit but he’s still going at a high level.”

If Johnson can perform at a high level for the Titans, he’ll become one of the steals of free agency. He’ll also help them forget all about Green-Beckham.

Johnson sits at No. 8 on the all-time receiving list, with 1,053 catches. He’s 17 behind Reggie Wayne and 25 behind Terrell Owens. With 42 receptions this year, Johnson will overtake No. 5 on the all-time list from Tim Brown, putting the former Texan and Colt behind only Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez, Marvin Harrison, and Cris Carter.

Johnson also is No. 9 in receiving yards, with 14,100. With another 1,028, he’ll likewise move into No. 5 all-time.