WR DeAndre Hopkins - Houston Texans
|6-1, 214||Born: 6-6-1992||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 27|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 13): Hopkins continues to put up numbers despite having the offense crumble around him. He may see a lot of Patrick Peterson this week, but we can't bring ourselves to bench him. The matchups get better after that until a Week 15/16 Jacksonville/Pittsburgh one-two.
Week 11: vs Arizona Cardinals
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Texans suffered a significant loss this week as Will Fuller is out this week with a rib injury. While Fuller has not scored a touchdown since DeShaun Watson went down with a torn ACL, his speed forced defenses to stay honest and stay off the line of scrimmage. Expect a combination of Braxton Miller and Bruce Ellington to try and fill in for the Texans this week which is a big loss to this offense. This passing offense continues to go through Deandre Hopkins as he has 31 targets over the last two weeks and while he is catching under 50% of those targets, Tom Savage is simply throwing the ball up for him to go get. The Cardinals continue to be a defense in which you stay away from Patrick Peterson and whoever he is shadowing, but the rest of the receivers are all in great spots. On the season, the Cardinals have allowed 261 yards passing which is the 9th highest in the NFL. The problem for Houston this week is that Patrick Peterson will be shadowing Deandre Hopkins every step of the game this week, as this could severely limit this offense and force the Texans to go through their running game or have one of these other receivers step up this week. This could open up opportunity for Bruce Ellington.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 10 vs LAR (14 / 7 / 111 / 0 rec)
The Texans continued to force feed the ball to DeAndre Hopkins and with 7 receptions for 11 yards with his longest reception for 36 yards. Savage got the football to Hopkins in space and Hopkins continues to separate and it doing a much better job getting vertical while Hopkins also chipped in a 32 yard reception. Hopkins has been being called for offensive pass interfaces and had a big catch of 20+ yards wiped out because of it. Hopkins did most of his work on the outside with comebacks and curls but it is clear that he will continue to get the bulk of the targets in the passing game.
2017 Week 9 vs IND (16 / 6 / 86 / 1 rec)
The Texans moved Hopkins around more than usual by lining him up out wide, in the slot, in motion across the formation and even out of the backfield to get him favorable matchups. There were plenty of targets for Hopkins and he had some crucial drops in the 3rd quarter. Hopkins came alive in the 4th quarter when he was given chances to make plays and it started with a 34 yard touchdown catch after beating his man downfield on a well thrown ball from Savage. He did have another chance late in the game where he went up between two defenders and only was able to get one foot inbounds before stepping out of bounds with his other foot. It is clear the Texans are not turning away from Hopkins no matter who the quarterback is.
2017 Week 8 vs SEA (11 / 8 / 224 / 1 rec)
It was a high output day for DeAndre Hopkins who looked like his 2015 self making impact plays on the field. Hopkins had 224 yards receiving and he did it in every way possible. Going vertical, running precise routes and his biggest play came on a 72-yard catch and run on a smoke screen that appeared to have put the Texans in the lead for good. This was one of Hopkins most explosive games for the offense in sometime and it came against one of the top secondaries in the NFL.
2017 Week 6 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
It was a quiet day for DeAndre Hopkins, only four targets with two receptions. One was a 16 yard reception on a quick slant and the other was a 3-yard touchdown reception for the arm of Watson. Hopkins also had one of the biggest plays of the day early in the game when he saved Watson of an interception on a bad pass he had to reach over the defender to break up the pass. Hopkins is engaged in the offense and looks locked in and that is what happens when the ball continues to be fed to him.
2017 Week 5 vs KC (12 / 4 / 52 / 3 rec)
Another high volume target day for DeAndre Hopkins, he finally got going late in the first half and late in the game when the Texans were playing catchup. Hopkins only had four receptions during the game and three of them went for touchdown receptions. His first touchdown reception came on a 6 yard play action pass from Watson to get the scoring going for the Texans. His other two touchdown receptions came on a post route where it was thrown into double coverage and he went up to high point the ball to bring in it for a 34-yard touchdown reception. Also, he caught a 1 yard touchdown reception wide open in the end zone on the final play of the game.
2017 Week 4 vs TEN (12 / 10 / 107 / 1 rec)
The Texans keep feeding DeAndre Hopkins in the passing game and it is when they need a sure catch. With so much action opposite of him in route combination, the Texans are getting Hopkins in one on one situations. Hopkins had 10 receptions with his longest being 21 yards. Hopkins is able to get into the second level and be a trustworthy target for Watson. His touchdown reception came on a play action where Watson waited for him to clear the linebacker and hit him wide open in the back of the end zone. Hopkins is Watson's go to receiver when he needs a big catch and it doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon.
2017 Week 3 vs NE (8 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec)
With 8 targets not eh day, he hauled in seven receptions for 76 yards and if anything he is the safety net for Watson. If the Texans need to move the chains, the ball is headed his way for a sure catch and not much anything else. His longest reception came late in the game for 21 yards to set up the final hail mary of the game. Other than that, Hopkins worked one on one and gave Watson a trusty target the entire game.
2017 Week 2 vs CIN (13 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec)
The passing game went through Hopkins and only Hopkins because of Deshaun Watson zeroing in on him practically evey play. Hopkins did not have much vertical game and worked underneath majority of the game and out on an island in single coverage. Hitches and comebacks is what he was asked to do and caught 7 passes. His best repletion of the day came when he ran a quick slant to the middle of the field and Watson hit him in stride for a 25 yard catch and run. He did have a drop and two questionable passes that hit him in the hands get knocked away by a defender. Hopkins is getting volume targets and every chance to make plays in the offense.
2017 Week 1 vs JAX (16 / 7 / 55 / 1 rec)
16 total targets on the day and coming down with seven sound like a solid day but it could have been way better. Hopkins did have a four yard touchdown catch off the arm of Deshaun Watson but his lack of hauling in the ball resulted in four drops on the day. One was one well thrown ball from Savage on a deep ball down the left sideline and the torahs were just simple routes that had no real traffic that he just did not complete. Hopkins struggled last year with consistently catching the football last year and it carried over to this game. He left so many yards on the field but they forced fed Hopkins the football and it was not the best results.
Latest NewsTexans | DeAndre Hopkins visits end zone again (Sun Nov 19, 09:34 PM) - Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins went for four receptions, 76 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals. link to story Texans | DeAndre Hopkins tops 100 yards (Sun Nov 12, 11:33 PM) - Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins caught seven passes on 14 targets for 111 yards in a 33-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10. link to story
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