The Houston Texans made the move that anyone could see coming and exercised the fifth-year option on wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins
It may perhaps be the easiest decision the Houston Texans have made in years, but still the team made some news Friday by exercising the fifth-year option to retain DeAndre Hopkins after this season. Hopkins, who will be just 25-years old at the start of this season, is now signed through the end of the 2017 season.
A first-round selection out of Clemson in 2013, Hopkins broke out after the team inserted him as the number one receiver in 2015 after he spent two seasons in the shadow of the Texans all-time reception and yardage leader Andre Johnson.
Despite having to work around a revolving door at quarterback this season, Hopkins caught 111 passes for 1,521 yards and a Texans franchise record 11 touchdowns. Impressive numbers especially when you realize that two of the guys passing to him (T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden) weren’t even members of the team before midseason.
Now that the team has stabilized their quarterback situation with the addition of former Denver Bronco Brock Osweiler, look for Hopkins to be able to either duplicate or possibly even surpass the success he had last season as he helped the Texans capture the AFC South title.