DeAndre Hopkins is definitely a top-10 NFL wide receiver.
It’s laughable to think that some people actually believe that Houston Texans’ wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had a bad year in 2016 after factoring in who his quarterback was.
Dan Parzych of FanSided’s NFL Spin Zone has ranked the 30 best NFL wide receivers as we get ready to enter the 2017 season.
Hopkins came in at No. 10 overall.
Here’s a portion of what Parzych wrote about Hopkins:
"Don’t judge DeAndre Hopkins over what happened last year with the Houston Texans since it’s easy to blame his disappointing season on Brock Osweiler. Take a look at the rest of the starting quarterbacks in the NFL, and it’s easy to make the assumption that anyone would be able to find success with a No. 1 wideout like Hopkins, unless that quarterback is Osweiler.At least for the Texans, the team was able to ship Osweiler off to the Cleveland Browns this offseason to get that ridiculous contract off their plates, and hopefully help Hopkins return to the breakout level displayed in 2015. That was the year Hopkins set career highs for the three major categories at wide receiver, and even though Houston is still trying to determine their quarterback, anything will be better than what the wideout and the rest of the offense dealt with last season."
While I believe Hopkins is a top-10 receiver, I don’t believe T.Y. Hilton and Demaryius Thomas are better players. Both are listed higher than Hopkins.
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I feel like Hopkins hauling 78 receptions for 954 yards and four touchdowns was very good given the fact that he had Brock Osweiler as his quarterback.
I have a hard time imaging that Hopkins won’t bounce back in 2017 with either Tom Savage or Deshaun Watson throwing him the football. Both are better players than Osweiler was for the Texans last season.