2. A.J. Bouye Shadowing DeAndre Hopkins
Although the Jacksonville Jaguars traded away Jalen Ramsey prior to the trade deadline, they still have A.J. Bouye, who is one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Houston Texans fans know Bouye all too well, as he first showcased his abilities in Houston, and played with the Texans for four years. Bouye is certain to travel with DeAndre Hopkins and line up across the field from Hopkins regardless of where he’s at.
After going against Hopkins in practice everyday for four years, Bouye has a lot of familiarity with Hopkins, and vice versa. In the first matchup, Hopkins had 40 yards on five receptions, but that was with Ramsey being the Jaguars primary defender on Hopkins.
In the five games the Jags have been without Ramsey this season, they are allowing only 222 yards passing and a 60 percent completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks. In addition, they have only allowed eight touchdowns and have had seven interceptions. It goes without saying that Bouye has been a big reason for the Jaguars continued success in the secondary without Ramsey, and they will be lining up Bouye on Hopkins with confidence.
Bouye faced Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints during their Week 6 matchup, and held Thomas to eight receptions on 12 targets for only 89 receiving yards. Thomas had a 66.7 percent catch ratio during that game, which is the lowest he’s had all season. In addition, the eight receptions and 89 yards were each his second fewest of the season thus far.
Expect to see a lot of Bouye on Hopkins in London.