Houston Texans: Greatest all-time players in franchise history

Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans - (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans - (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /
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Houston Texans, Andre Johnson
DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans – (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

4. DeAndre Hopkins, Receiver

The first-round pick out of Clemson broke out in 2013 during his second NFL season. After getting 52 receptions for 802 yards and a pair of scores as a rookie, DeAndre Hopkins finished 2014 with 76 catches good for 1,210 yards and six trips to the end zone.

Hopkins made the all-time great Andre Johnson expendable in the eyes of the Texans’ front office as they cut the veteran to allow Hopkins to flourish as the top pass target going forward. It wasn’t an easy decision but it was the right one as ‘Nuk’ had four trips to the Pro Bowl and recorded 8,602 yards om 632 receptions with 54 touchdowns in his first seven NFL seasons.

Sadly, Hopkins is now gone as head coach Bill O’Brien went rogue and shipped him off to the Arizona Cardinals, where he will surely continue to have a great career.

3. Andre Johnson, Receiver

The most accomplished receiver the Texans have ever used is Andre Johnson. 1,012 receptions 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns are all proof of the dominance AJ had throughout the years for the Texans.

Johnson ended up losing his job in favor of DeAndre Hopkins and he ended up spending time with the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans. Even after going to play for divisional rivals, Johnson continued to be a positive presence in the Houston area, showing his worth extended well beyond the playing field.