Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins will grace the cover of part two of the Sports Illustrated NFL preview.
There are a number of rising stars in the NFL that will have a chance to showcase their talents as the season gets underway starting this Thursday. Hopkins was named one of the those players and will be on one of four different Sports Illustrated covers going out this week.
Hopkins draws praise from Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who says of Hopkins, “he has the things you can’t coach, the things you can’t teach.” It is interesting that he draws this kind of praise from Sherman, whom he has only seen once in his career (in 2013) when Hopkins was a rookie.
The other three players featured, interestingly enough, were all linemen. Two defensive linemen–Mike Daniels of the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams. The last was an offensive linemen–Trai Turner of the Carolina Panthers. SI writer Greg Bishop looks at each of the four players and discusses how they all could become the best player at their respective position in the league.
Daniels lines up as a three and a five technique, stopping the run along the Packers defensive line and getting after the passer with 16 sacks over the last three seasons. Donald has already gained widespread recognition as the best pass rushing defensive tackle in the NFL, with 20 sacks in two seasons. Turner has been in the middle of one of the best run blocking offensive lines in the league over the couple of years and helped lead the Panthers to the top offense the league season.
Little more needs to be said on Hopkins, who was third in the NFL with 111 catches and 1521 yards last season. He also scored 11 touchdowns, more than doubling the output of his first two years in that category.
The issue of Sports Illustrated will be available today, with the Hopkins cover available in the following states: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana.