FOXBOROUGH — The fourth game of Aqib Talib’s Patriots tenure will provide the cornerback with his biggest challenge: Houston receiver Andre Johnson.
Johnson, a 10-year veteran, is seemingly getting better as the season goes on. In the five weeks since Houston’s bye, the 6-foot-3-inch, 219-pounder has averaged eight receptions and 134 yards per game, including a 14-catch, 273-yard performance in a Week 11 overtime win over the Jaguars.
“He’s definitely one of the most talented guys in the NFL,” Talib said. “He’s really good at what he does — catches the ball wherever it’s thrown and he can do something with it after he catches it.
“He can do it all, from short routes, deeper routes, running with the ball in his hand, go up and get the ball when it’s thrown down the field — I mean, he can do it all.”
Bill Belichick also sang Johnson’s praises.
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