Houston Texans WR Duo No. 3: DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson (2014)
The 2014 season was looked at as the passing of the torch for the two potential Hall of Famers. DeAndre Hopkins came into his own in his second year in the NFL. Hopkins reeled in 1,210 yards and six touchdowns, which he led the team in both of those categories. He did that by catching 76 passes and averaging 15.9 YPC.
Andre Johnson obtained 936 yards with three touchdowns at 33 years old, making 85 receptions, all while having an average YPC of 11 yards in 15 games played. This would be the last season as a member of the Texans for the seven-time pro bowler, as he went on to play two more seasons with teams in the AFC South.
The Texans were able to find a winning record of 9-7 during head coach Bill O’Brien‘s first season with the franchise.
What ultimately plagued this dynamic duo from reaching record-breaking potential was the fact the Texans had three different quarterbacks start games and four different quarterbacks play in games during the 2014 season, those being Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, Ryan Mallett, and Tom Savage.
If these two could’ve found consistency with the quarterback play their numbers could have been Madden video game-like in ’14, but the Texans just couldn’t find the right quarterback that season.