Who Are the Top 10 Houston Texans of the Decade?
2. DeAndre Hopkins
(2013-2019): 110 games played, 632 receptions, 8602 receiving yards, 54 receiving TDs, 13.6 yards per catch, 1 passing TD
DeAndre Hopkins was drafted in the first round out of Clemson in 2013, and the Houston Texans offense hasn’t been the same since. Having produced some of the most eye-popping catches in recent history, Hopkins is widely regarded as a Top 3 receiver in the NFL and has the stats to back up that claim.
In 2017 he led the league in TDs with 13 and set a personal high in 2018 with 1572 yards. His WR1 status constantly demands attention from multiple defenders and usually opens up the rest of the field for deep passes. Some of his most miraculous plays sadly didn’t count due to penalties, but have still been shown on replays years later, including one-handed downfield snags against the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins.
The most impressive part about Hopkins’ early career was that he was torching secondaries while catching passes from Matt Schaub, Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage, and others during the QB carousel years.
It might take a couple more years of utter dominance for No. 10 to surpass Andre Johnson as the best receiver in Texans history, but he learned quite a bit under AJ’s tutelage in 2013-14. His chemistry with Deshaun Watson is unparalleled in the NFL, and the Clemson dynamic duo is likely to continue breaking records for years to come.