Houston Texans Positional Breakdown: Wide Receiver
Dec 14, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins(10) makes an apparent catch over Indianapolis Colts Vontae Davis (21) which was knocked out of his hands during the fourth quarter of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
DeAndre Hopkins 6’1″, 218 Pounds, 22 Years Old
The new face of the receiving corps after letting “number 80” go in the offseason. The speedy youngster looks to become the go-to-guy at wide out for the new look Houston Texans.
Some Background Info;
A first round pick out of Clemson in 2013, DeAndre Hopkins improved on a solid rookie season (52 catches 802 yards and two touchdowns) with an explosive second year (76 receptions, 1,210 yards and six touchdowns).
“Hopkins we think is one of the best in the league” – O’Brien
As good of a season as Hopkins had his sophomore year, he is still unsatisfied and felt he could (and should) have done more. That is the kind of pressure a true number one receiver puts on himself, to become satisfied means they are done growing. And DeAndre is not done growing into his role as the top guy in Houston.
He is the biggest reason the team felt comfortable in parting with Andre Johnson this offseason, as head coach Bill O’Brien believes Hopkins will continue to prove that he is not just worthy of being the top dog, but also that he is one of the best the league has at the position.
"“Obviously, DeAndre Hopkins we think is one of the best in the league,” coach Bill O’Brien said per Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. “I’ve said that time and time again.”"
What To Expect This Year;
Look for DeAndre to continue to develop and grow in his role with the Texans. Assuming the quarterback position is settled quickly, he should be able to develop a true rapport with the teams signal-caller which would only help him improve upon last season.
Thanks to the additions to the receiving corps Hopkins will be the main focus of defenses, but there should be enough people around him that he will still find some soft spots week in and week out to take advantage of.
He should pass his total stats from last season and I look for an 80+ receptions 1,300 yard and double digit touchdown year from “Nuk.”
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