Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins continued to add to an impressive streak that began with the very first game of his NFL career back in 2013.
When the Houston Texans drafted DeAndre Hopkins in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft — as the 27th overall selection — the franchise knew they were gaining a good player with that selection, but they ended up drafting one of the best wide receivers and players of this era.
Houston hit the jackpot that day when Hopkins was passed over 26 times, but when the Texans drafted him, he became a player who changed the landscape of the franchise forever. Hopkins made his first NFL catch against the then-named San Diego Chargers in ’13, a game where Hopkins totaled five receptions for 66 yards.
That Sept. 9, 2013 day was the start of a current streak where Hopkins now has a streak 109 consecutive games with at least one reception to start his career, which is the seventh longest streak since the start of the Super Bowl to start a career. On Sunday, Hopkins totaled six receptions for 119 yards on eight targets.
According to the Texans PR Twitter page, Hopkins’ first reception on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans also improved his current active reception streak to the fifth best overall active streak.
Below is the full tweet by the Texans PR twitter page:
Hopkins showed some fire on the sidelines during the game on Sunday, and in the second half he played some excellent football. The Texans eventually defeated the Titans, 24-21 on Sunday, putting the Texans in sole possession of first place in the AFC South with a 9-5 record, and Hopkins is a big reason for them being in first place this season.
The Texans will keep needing Hopkins to extend the reception streak this upcoming Saturday in Week 16 as Houston will be facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.