WR DeAndre Hopkins - Houston Texans
|6-1, 214||Born: 6-6-1992||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2013|
2019 Week 1 vs NO (13 / 8 / 111 / 2 rec)
It should have been a bigger day than what it was for Deandre Hopkins. Hopkins dropped three passes in the first half but woke up in the second half looking like the Hopkins many know. Catching touchdown passes for 2 yards and 16 yards, Hopkins continues to do his work when asked. His best reception came on a pass late in the 4th quarter down the left side line for 38-yards to set up a touchdown pass the next play.
2019 Week 2 vs JAX (8 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)
Hopkins ran into his arch-nemesis in Jalen Ramsey, who has had the most success covering him over the years. Hopkins had two receptions over 10 yards for 14 and 13 yards. He did have one target over 20+ yards, but it was not close to being completed. Hipkins did most of his work underneath against Ramsey but it, like most of the Texans skill players, a slow day at the office.
2019 Week 3 vs LAC (7 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
It was another slow but productive day for DeAndre Hopkins who has been doing most of his work in underneath routes. Defenses are working hard to get Watson to go to other options in the passing game and it is working early to start the season. Hopkins best reception came with him in the slot and he beat his man in press coverage to get to the middle of the field for a 34-yard catch and run. Hopkins remains the Texans best option in the passing game and his ability to make big plays can happen whenever he touches the football.
2019 Week 4 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
There are not enough chances headed DeAndre Hopkins way in the passing game, and it is due to Deshaun Watson not giving him opportunities. Only targeted eight times, Hopkins is doing most of his work underneath due to the coverage the Panthers were playing. Hopkins was missed on a potential big gain, but Watson missed him by overthrowing him. Hopkins was asked to throw a pass in the red zone that resulted in an interception intended for Carlos Hyde a similar play they ran the season before against the Buffalo Bills. Hopkins time will come, but his success is predicated on Watson seeing the field properly.
2019 Week 5 vs ATL (8 / 7 / 88 / 0 rec)
With all of the offense going around the field, Deandre Hopkins did not get into the end zone but he was still able to rack up receptions and yards during the game. Hopkins longest reception came on a 29-yard catch and run that saw him bounce off two defenders with him taking off up the middle of the field. With others giving the vertical presence, Hopkins was able to work underneath routes and and nickel and dime through the Falcons defense.
2019 Week 6 vs KC (12 / 9 / 55 / 0 rec)
The touchdown numbers are slow for Hopkins, but he had his opportunity on Sunday. Late in the game, Watson made a great read to get Hopkins the football near the goal line, but he dropped a sure touchdown right in his hands. Hopkins had a case of the drops in week one and had this crucial on versus the Chiefs. Hopkins had nine receptions on the day, and all of his work was done on underneath routes with the Chiefs trying to prevent the deep throws. Hopkins' best reception came on a short pass, which saw him break two tackles for an 18-yard gain.
2019 Week 7 vs IND (12 / 9 / 106 / 1 rec)
The Texans finally had to turn to DeAndre Hopkins, who had his best day receving since week one. After Will Fuller went down, the Texans offense starting pumping through Hopkins. Hopkins had nine receptions and was able to get a four-yard touchdown pass reception late in the game. Hopkins beat his man running a nice route getting back to the inside, where he was standing by himself in the end zone. Hopkins remains the Texans' top option in the passing game, and when the ball comes his way, he is going to make plays.
2019 Week 8 vs OAK (13 / 11 / 109 / 0 rec)
The Texans remain faithful to DeAndre Hopkins, and the past two weeks, the offense has run through their best offensive player. Hopkins did not get into the end zone, but he was able to rack up eleven receptions. He did most of his damage in the middle of the field, getting nearly 10-yards a clip every time he touched the football. His best reception came on a 21-yard catch and throw between him and Watson. Hopkins is starting to get warmed up, and that is a good sign for the star wide receiver.
2019 Week 9 vs JAX (11 / 8 / 48 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
It was another productive day, and Hopkins capped it off with a one-yard touchdown reception on a quick slant throw from Watson. Hopkins continued to do work on underneath routes, but when the Texans needed a big play, they turn to him. Hopkins was able to get a key 21-yard reception to set up a late score to put the game on ice to seal the win. Hopkins remains a constant in the passing game and continues to make catches when needed.
2019 Week 11 vs BAL (12 / 7 / 80 / 0 rec)
The Texans other bright spot in the offense with seven catches for 80 yards. His longest reception was for 20 yards, but most of his work continued to be on shorter routes helping out Watson trying to get going. He did get targets deep, but he and Watson could not connect when needed, including a costly no-call pass interference on a 4th downplay that would have set the Texans up at the one-yard line. Hopkins continues to get his opportunities in the passing game.
2019 Week 12 vs IND (8 / 6 / 94 / 2 rec)
If the second half of the season, it has been all DeAndre Hopkins for the offense, and this game was no different. His first touchdown reception came on a broke coverage where the Colts left him wide open in the end zone that resulted in a 35-yard touchdown reception from Watson. His best catch came early in the 4th quarter when Watson hit Hopkins for a 30yard touchdown reception for a fingertip catch displaying his route running and ability to get vertical. Hopkins remains a first down machine, five of his six receptions went for a first down or touchdown against the Colts.
2019 Week 13 vs NE (8 / 5 / 64 / 0 rec)
Stephon Gilmore was up to the task early, slowing Hopkins in the passing game, but in the second half, he came alive. Four of five Hopkins receptions went for a first down with his longest coming on a 27-yard catch and run. Hopkins beat Gilmore on a slant and was able to knock Gilmore to the ground to break the tackle to eat up around ten more yards of ground. His best play came on a trick play that saw him take a handoff from Duke Johnson only to throw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Deshaun Watson to ice the game.
2019 Week 14 vs DEN (13 / 7 / 120 / 1 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
DeAndre Hopkins is one of the few skill players that showed up for the Texans, and he had a 43-yard touchdown reception when the Broncos left him wide open on an over route across the field. Hopkins continues to do what he does best, catch passes, and eat up yards. When Watson doesn't have Will Fuller on the field, Hopkins ends up being Watson's insurance plan, and it more times than not ends up being big days for Hopkins.
2019 Week 15 vs TEN (8 / 6 / 119 / 0 rec)
It was a slow start for Hopkins but in the 4th quarter he took over when Watson starting feeding him the football. Hopkins had two receptions for 35 yards and was able to break open a defense that had him contained for majority of the game.
2019 Week 16 vs TB (9 / 5 / 23 / 0 rec)
Much like most of the Texans offense, it was even an off day for DeAndre Hopkins. Held to 23 yards receiving, Hopkins was played physically by Bucs defensive backs the entire game. The Texans attempted to line up Hopkins in the slot and in the backfield to get him in favorable matchups. Things were not going well for Hopkins on Saturday, which is an uncommon sight this season.
2019 Week 18 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 90 / 0 rec)
DeAndre Hopkins did not have his first catch until 10 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. It was a minimal gain reception, but Hopkins fumbled, and the Bills recovered it. After that play, Hopkins refocused and went to work on pacing the Texans' passing attack. Hopkins was able to rack up 90 yards, including a 41-yard reception to set up a touchdown drive. Also, Hopkins caught a two-point conversion pass from Watson to give the Texans a 19-16 lead late in the 4th quarter.
2019 Week 19 vs KC (14 / 9 / 118 / 0 rec)
The Texans did not wait to get Hopkins involved in the game, unlike last week. Hopkins would end up hurting his ribs on their last offensive play before halftime on a 38-yard reception. He would finish the game with a team-high 118 receiving yards. With plenty of vertical presence from Stills and Fuller, Hopkins was able to work underneath and make plays. Hopkins had two receptions of 21 and 20, and the rest were under nine yards of catching and moving the chains.
2018 Week 1 vs NE (11 / 8 / 78 / 0 rec, 1 / -7 / 0 rush)
DeAndre Hopkins was blanketed by Stephone Gilmore all game but he was able to produce 8 catches with his longest being 17. Hopkins remained the Texans primary target in the passing game and even when Deshaun Watson was struggling, the offense adjusted and moved Hopkins to the slot. With that simple move it opened up easier throws to hit Hopkins. There was not many yards after the catch but the Texans will continue to feed him the ball at all costs.
2018 Week 2 vs TEN (11 / 6 / 110 / 1 rec)
It was another solid game for DeAndre Hopkins and this time he was able to cap off his strong day with a 28 yard touchdown reception. Hopkins had 6 receptions on the day and did majority of his damage deep catching passed for 23, 28 and 31. He was targeted but he was double covered from the jump and the ball was picked off despite being forced to Hopkins. Hopkins had very catchable passes thrown his way and he rewarded Watson with a 110 yards trough the air. Hopkins continues to be the top target in the passing game.
2018 Week 3 vs NYG (10 / 6 / 86 / 0 rec)
Despite the uptick in targets for Will Fuller, DeAndre Hopkins is still getting his on the field. Hopkins had a touchdown rception wiped out due to a holding penalty which would have it a much more productive day. Hopkins averaged 14.3 yards a reception and when given a chance in open field he had catches for 20 and 24 yards. One aspect of Hopkins game that is growing is his ability to run after the catch and that was something that he really didn't do as a receiver. Hopkins is going to continue to get his in the passing game so don't fret with the emergence of Fuller.
2018 Week 4 vs IND (12 / 10 / 169 / 1 rec)
Hopkins is growing into the elite status and this season he is doing even more for the offense and he was a key player in Sunday's win. Putting up 169 receiver yards, Hopkins continues to get open in the middle of the field and eat up yards after the catch. Even more impressive is the amount of chunk plays Hopkins is producing and he had from reception for 20+ yards against the Colts for 24, 24, 30 and 31. Hopkins hauled in an easy pitch and catch in a red zone situation on a jump ball but he missed a game winner in overtime where he had a great double move to get open and couldn't hang on to the pass when he hit the ground in the end zone. The bigger thing is realizing Hopkins is going to continue to get fed the football and he is going to continue putting up strong numbers week to week.
2018 Week 5 vs DAL (13 / 9 / 151 / 0 rec)
What can you say about a player that is moving into the elite realm of the wide receiver position. He continues to change games and when Deshaun Watson needs a big play, the ball is coming to him. Hopkins had a 49 yard reception that set up the game winning field goal. That play showcased his complete skill set, hands catch and a couple of spins to get downfield. Hopkins had a red zone target but the ball was thrown short allowing the defender to break up the pass. Hopkins did his damage in the 10-19 yard range catching seven passes that were more than 10+ yards. Hopkins is a catching machine and even with the added wide receivers around him, he is primary target of an offense that has no issues gaining yards.
2018 Week 6 vs BUF (6 / 5 / 63 / 1 rec)
It was a slow day at the office for the offense but DeAndre Hopkins continues to find ways to make plays. His 12-yard touchdown reception got the scoring going for the Texans on a nice corner route on a well placed ball from Watson. Hopkins also had a 24-yard reception from the slot that only saw one spin move but it was a key play in the drive to tie the game up in the 4th quarter. Hopkins continues to be a menace in the 10-19 yard range, he had receptions for 24, 14, 13 and 12 creating easy throws for Watson with his precise route running.
2018 Week 7 vs JAX (8 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)
DeAndre Hopkins only had 3 receptions the entire game but he was able to haul in 3 receptions for 50 yards but one was a 31-yard one-handed stage. The big one was a 10-yard touchdown reception that he beat Jalen Ramsey to push the score 20-0. Hopkins continues to make plays when needed but all 3 of his receptions went for positives, two first downs and a touchdown. This was Hopkins 3rd touchdown receptions in the past four games.
2018 Week 8 vs MIA (7 / 6 / 82 / 2 rec)
The Dolphins thought they had DeAndre Hopkins figured out holding him to 8 yards at the half. Then the Texans turned to Hopkins in the second half and he went to work. Hopkins put up two touchdown receptions, one was for 2-yards but it was a finger tip snag on a slant in the red zone. Then he was left wide open on a two-man route that left him open for a 49-yard touchdown reception that he went untouched into the end zone. The biggest robbery of all was when Hopkins was called for a phantom offensive pass interference call that wiped out an impressive receptions that would have put him over the 100-yard mark for the game.
2018 Week 9 vs DEN (12 / 10 / 105 / 1 rec)
No Will Fuller and a newly traded for Demaryius Thomas meant that DeAndre Hopkins was going to be counted on. Hopkins responded with 10 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. Hopkins ran a precision route finding an open space between three Broncos defenders for a 16 yard touchdown reception. He did plenty of his work on underneath routes but continuing to catch passes at a 10+ average helped move the chains all game.
2018 Week 11 vs WAS (6 / 5 / 56 / 1 rec)
DeAndre Hopkins started off the scoring and produced the Texans only offensive touchdown on the day with a 16-yard touchdown reception off a great pass from Deshaun Watson. It was a normal day at the office for Hopkins doing his work in the middle of the field catching four more passes for 40 yards. Hopkins was the victim of a suspect call that did not look like a reception he had possession of that resulted in a fumble. The officials reviewed the call and upheld the play which shouldn't have been a fumble in the first place. Hopkins has now caught a touchdown pass in five consecutive days.
2018 Week 12 vs TEN (6 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)
The savvy receiver eclipsed the 1,000 yard barrier on Monday night with his 74 yard performance. Hopkins continues to be the receiver that Watson turns to in key situations. Watson hit Hopkins for a 28 pin point throw in between two defenders to keep a drive alive that resulted in a field goal. Hopkins also had a big catch on 4th and 1 beating simple press coverage on a nice out route. Hopkins continues to do work as a receiver and making plays through the air.
2018 Week 13 vs CLE (12 / 7 / 91 / 0 rec)
When the targets head his way, DeAndre Hopkins continues to make plays. Hopkins caught passes for 29 and 24 yards to open up the offense in the 1st quarter. Hopkins also had a nice in route where Watson waited for him to real and hit him for 17 yard gain to keep the chains moving. There were some questionable non-calls on Hopkins the refs left defenders get away with not letting him get into routes that caused some errant passes from Watson.
2018 Week 14 vs IND (10 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)
The Colts threw every coverage at DeAndre Hopkins but he was only able to come up with four receptions on the day. He had a 7-yard touchdown reception after he found a soft spit in the back of the end zone and Watson was able to find him. The big miss was when Hopkins got behind double coverage and Watson rushed the throw and over threw him not giving him a chance to make a play. Hopkins did his normal work on the outside but he just wasn't given the chance to make a big play with the types of coverages the Colts used on him.
2018 Week 15 vs NYJ (11 / 10 / 170 / 2 rec)
DeAndre Hopkins was able to get back on track and take advantage of a Jets defense that felt they could play Hopkins one on one in coverage. He put up 10 receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns which were 14 and 45 yard receptions. His 45 yard touchdown catch came with him splitting the Jets safeties and the other came on a jump ball where he went over the defender to make the grab. Hopkins continues to show he can eat up yards after the catch and that has been a plus for the veteran wide receiver.
2018 Week 16 vs PHI (12 / 9 / 104 / 0 rec)
The veteran target continues to make plays when it counts. Hopkins caught 9 passes for 104 yards and at one point he was a one man wrecking crew catching three consecutive passes for first downs, with a 6, 14 and 18 yard receptions. Held out of the end zone, his impact was felt working the under neath routes the entire game. The Eagles did not have an answer for him and had to roll coverage to his side and then that is when Watson went to his other options.
2018 Week 17 vs JAX (16 / 12 / 147 / 0 rec)
Even with his bad left ankle, DeAndre Hopkins continued to turn in one of the his best games of the season. Catching 12 passes with two of those for 43 and 26, he showed his entire game. working underneath against Ramsey tacking up easy throws for Watson. Hopkins caught passes to move the chains but his big play came on a go route on a perfectly placed football from Watson over Ramsey.
2018 Week 18 vs IND (10 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
DeAndre Hopkins had a grade-3 AC join sprain that he suffered late in the second half and forced his production to plummet on Saturday. Hopkins caught 5 passes for only 37 yards with his longest reception going for 13 yard. Hopkins went into the locker room at half time with trainers but did not do much in the second half. He did have an opportunity for a touchdown but a poor pass from Deshaun Watson no where close to him gave a wide-open Hopkins little opportunity. It was a disappointing end to the season for Hopkins but an inaccurate Watson and his shoulder injury were the biggest culprits.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 11 vs ARI (9 / 4 / 76 / 1 rec)
Hopkins continues to catch passes and touchdowns and had 4 catches for a team hit 76 receiving yards. His 27-yard touchdown catch extended his NFL touchdown lead to 9 for the season. It continues to be the Hopkins show on offense and they will feed the ball him at all costs and they did not shy away from Patrick Peterson covering him. Hopkins had 5 targets of 20 plus yards today and it shows the offense is not afraid to go over the top with him. Hopkins is being moved around and he continues to get the bulk of the targets in the passing game.
2017 Week 12 vs BAL (10 / 7 / 125 / 0 rec)
It remains the DeAndre Hopkins show and his 125 yards paced the Texans offense through the air. The Texans are not afraid to throw him the football at all cost and his longest reception came on a 39 yard catch and run to the middle of the field. Hopkins has been clutch when it comes to big throws and catches on 3rd down and he is getting back to his old ways on the field. Hopkins is showing the full route tree going vertical and being able to win the one on one matchups on the outside.
2017 Week 13 vs TEN (14 / 8 / 80 / 0 rec)
As long as DeAndre Hopkins is on the field, he will get the majority of the targets. Hopkins missed an early TD when he could not get his right foot down after completing the catch. Hopkins caught 8 passes for 80 yards and his second half was tougher because coverage was rolled over his way with no real threats at other positions. The Texans did try to take the lead on a deep ball to Hopkins but was picked off with Hopkins and Savage not being on the same page.
2017 Week 14 vs SF (16 / 11 / 149 / 2 rec)
As we know the offense will continue run through DeAndre Hopkins and he posted a 2 touchdown performance with catcher of 7 and 29 yards off the arm of T.J. Yates. After the early success Yates, the 49ers started to double cover Hopkins at all costs the second half that essentially slowed him for the remainder of the game. Hopkins did have 11 receptions for 149 yards during the game and did most of his work with Savage and beating the cover 2 looks from the 49ers. His best reception came on a 22 yard pass what saw his patent toe tap ability to get both feet in for a top notch reception. He did have a costly fumble on a screen pass where he was hit in traffic and coughed it up to give the 49ers an easy chip shot field goal to ice the game.
2017 Week 15 vs JAX (13 / 4 / 80 / 1 rec)
The one bright spot for the offense, Hopkins had 4 receptions on 80 yards for a touchdown. He was targeted 13 times but plenty of those were not catchable for Hopkins. His best catch came on a 25 yard touchdown reception over Jalen Ramsey. Also, he had a 40 yard reception on a nice move where he turned Ramsey for a solid reception. The production is still there for Hopkins and it is coming with volume targets.
2017 Week 16 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 65 / 1 rec)
DeAndre Hopkins only had 2 targets heading into the middle of the 3rd quarter but after that was able to haul in 4 catches for 65 yards. He had a nice comeback route that was a solid 38 yard catch and run that put the Texans into scoring position. Hopkins best catch of the season came on a juggling act in the corner of the end zone where he batted the ball with his right hand to snag the falling football with his left hand and tap two feet in for a 3 yard touchdown reception. Hopkins continues to be the offenses best option and he continues to produce at a high level.
2016 Week 1 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)
It was the first time in a long time where DeAndre Hopkins was not completely plugged in. Usually he is locked in during one-on-one situations and he had what would have been a 15 yard gain snatched from him by Tracy Porter who took that ball away from him that he had in his hands. Hopkins was called for a questionable offensive pass interference for a red-zone target but he came back with a good nine route catching it oner a defender for 23 yard touchdown reception. He had some key first down receptions for 14 and 9 yards on the sideline in tight coverage. His biggest miscue was a dropped pass in the end zone on a well thrown ball from Osweiler over a cornerback and away from the safety. His stat line was solid but Hopkins left a lot of plays on the field.
2016 Week 2 vs KC (11 / 7 / 113 / 1 rec)
Even with the emergence of Will Fuller, DeAndre Hopkins continues to be the go to player for Brock Osweiler. Hopkins first chance came in a one on one situation where he beat Marcus Peters to the outside and Osweiler hit him in stride for a 27 yard touchdown with a safety trying to get over the top of the play. Hopkins also had some big first down receptions for 14 yards and a 11 yard pass that he turned into a 35 yard gain. It is clear Hopkins has added some ability of yards after the catch, something he did not show much of his first three year in the NFL. Hopkins is getting his fair share of targets near the red-zone and had three total on the day. Hopkins also had the dreaded NFL catch rule take away a touchdown from him after he beat a Chiefs defensive back to the end zone and a perfectly placed pass from Osweiler that saw Hopkins stable and lay out for the ball catching in that looked like a touchdown. After being incomplete, the Texans challenged the ruling on the field to no avail. Hopkins is Osweiler's emergency button and it is clear the Texans new signal caller knows to go to Hopkins when all else fails.
2016 Week 3 vs NE (8 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
It was a solid day for Hopkins but not much spectacular but a handful of receptions for 14 yards which all resulted in first down. Hopkins mainly worked on the right side of the Texans offense and did work with hitches and outs to extend drives. Hopkins caught some tough throws due to good coverage from the Patriots. There was no vertical game for Hopkins due to the Patriots playing over the top with their cover two shell.
2016 Week 4 vs TEN (6 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
It is a trying time for DeAndre Hopkins who only had one reception in the fourth quarter for a first down. He was targeted a total of six times and none of them were even really catchable. Hopkins did create a defensive pass interference but it was quiet otherwise. Hopkins was visibly frustrated on Sunday and it came from not being involved throughout the game. The Texans made an effort to get better offensively over the off-season and it is clearly showing up on the field taking away from Hopkins. Hopkins will have to learn to stay focused when the attention is not turned to him in the game plan.
2016 Week 5 vs MIN (9 / 5 / 56 / 1 rec)
Hopkins was held without a catch to start the first half but put together a "okay" performance in the second half of the game. Hopkins had a solid catch and run on the sideline for 25 yards making two defenders miss and added a one yard touchdown reception on a slant he beat his man clean for Osweiler to hit him with an easy throw. Hopkins made plays when given the chance and getting him into the flow of the game is key, it showed in the second half.
2016 Week 6 vs IND (15 / 9 / 71 / 0 rec)
It was a solid day for Hopkins who caught 9 passes for 71 yards and it was all done with comeback routes and a few out routes. He worked one on one and got back to his old ways of beating defenders. He had drive extending catches and his longest on the day went for 12 yards. The Texans did try two vertical routes with Hopkins and the first was under thrown by Osweiler and the second was not tracked well by Hopkins. It was a solid game for Hopkins to get back on track and help open up the field for others to make big plays.
2016 Week 7 vs DEN (12 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)
It was tough sledding for DeAndre Hopkins who had to deal with Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. Hopkins had five receptions for 12 yards being his longest reception. Hopkins was targeted deep twice but it was not really given a chance to bring down the passes. Hopkins is having trouble beating one-on-one coverage in key situations. Hopkins continues to gain yardage in garbage time with late receptions of 7 and 12 yards. It was a rough day for Hopkins and the Texans offense.
2016 Week 8 vs DET (7 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
The Texans are trying to move Hopkins around and with so many teams playing quarters and cover-2 against the offense, they have to work underneath. Hopkins had more quick hitters this game and it is clear he is still working to get in sync with Osweiler. Hopkins did have two targets in the end zone but he was covered well . His long reception came on a 14 yard play where he was on option play on a ball that snuck up on him and he pretty much caught the ball blind. Hopkins is getting going but with so much attention being paid to him, others are starting to get going.
2016 Week 10 vs JAX (13 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
DeAndre Hopkins continues to get looks but teams continue to play him physical on the outside. Hopkins longest receptions on the day were both 16 and 10 yards and he should have caught a few passes that hit him the hands. Osweiler tried to go vertical to Hopkins but one was just out of his reach while the other was slowed with Hopkins not being able to get off of the press coverage. Texans are trying everything to get Hopkins going by putting him on motion and stacked behind other wide receiver. Hopkins is getting looks but it is just not coming together for the Texans offense or him.
2016 Week 11 vs OAK (6 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Hopkins was robbed early from a 70+ yard touchdown reception when his 24 yard catch and run was blown dead by the ref. Hopkins did most of his work out of the slot and had key receptions down the stretch for first downs. The best part of Hopkins game was seeing him work out of the slot and get off of press coverage. It appeared that Hopkins is looking better in the middle of the field and plus game for him and Osweiler.
2016 Week 12 vs SD (10 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
It was a good sight to see Hopkins beat some press coverage and get into his route. He opened the game with a 19 yard reception that he snagged over the defender down the sideline. He then worked quick slants on two consecutive receptions to help jump start a drive. The Texans did target him in the end zone but he drew a pass interference call to spot the ball at the one to give Osweiler a one yard sneak for the touchdown. This was Hopkins best game in sometime and he showed some of his old flashes of making life tough on cornerbacks in one on one situations.
2016 Week 13 vs GB (8 / 3 / 58 / 1 rec)
There was a DeAndre Hopkins sighting late in the game but two bad drops continue to plague Hopkins. The first came on a simple stop route while the second was on a key third down throw that hit him right in the hands. Only three receptions, Hopkins biggest play came on a 44 yard strike from Osweiler against cover 2. HE fit himself right in between the cornerback and safety to leave a good target for the pass. Hopkins is having struggles keeping locked into games and with targets heading to other receivers it is clear he has not been himself in 2016.
2016 Week 14 vs IND (4 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
It was a quiet day for DeAndre Hopkins with the Texan continuing to run the ball on the ground. Hopkins was missed to open the game with a deep ball that was overcooked by Osweiler. Hopkins did have a 22 yard reception in the middle of the field and an 11 yard catch on the sideline. Hopkins did what he could but he chance were few to say the least. Hopkins did lead the team with 33 yards receiving.
2016 Week 15 vs JAX (17 / 8 / 87 / 0 rec)
Tom Savage might be Hopkins saving grace especially with the amount of times Hopkins was targeted. Hopkins was targeted plenty of times and caught 8 passes and was finally targeted downfield more than 20 yards. Hopkins misses a chance for a touchdown after beating the defender and going up to catch the ball and when coming down the ball popped loose which would have been a touchdown. Hopkins did his work in the intermediate routes and his long catch was only 16 yards but he worked on the outside and in the slot. Hopkins looked much more comfortable with Savage working behind center and their timing was on point throughout the 2 plus quarters they worked together.
2016 Week 16 vs CIN (6 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Tom Savage continues to do what he can to get Hopkins involved with the offense. Hopkins had two offensive pass interference go against him; with one coming in the end zone and another negating a 12 yard gain for pushing off. Hopkins also had a drop that hit him right in the hands across the middle which was at a critical moment. His biggest reception came on a 21 yard gain making a defender miss to set up the Alfred Blue touchdown. Hopkins remains Savage's favorite target and that should be expected to continue.
2016 Week 17 vs TEN (11 / 7 / 123 / 0 rec)
Finally the Texans used DeAndre Hopkins in situations he could win. He has a long catch and run for 51 yards out of the slot and had another for 26 yards. It was the best he looked all season with Osweiler and it was due to passes getting put in the right spot to let him work. Hopkins sat the entire 4th quarter but he put together one of his best games in sometime.
2016 Week 18 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 67 / 1 rec)
DeAndre Hopkins continues to grow with Brock Osweiler and the Texans made sure that he was in spots to make plays. Osweiler got Hopkins vertical and hit him for 38 yard toe tapper to set up his own touchdown for 4 yards on a quick slant. Hopkins continues to work out of the slot and create issues vs safeties and slot cornerbacks. Don't look now but the continuity between Osweiler and Hopkins has taken positive steps over the past two games.
2016 Week 19 vs NE (9 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec)
The Texans knew that DeAndre Hopkins was going to be pressed in coverage with a safety over the top. Hopkins caught 6 passed for 65 yards and a long of 19 yards. Moving him in the slot helped put him against weaker cornerbacks and that made a difference in his game. Hopkins worked in and out of routes but he really did not take off until the second half when it was too late.
2015 Week 1 vs KC (13 / 9 / 98 / 2 rec)
It looked like a miscommunication on the first play for the offense where Brian Hoyer thought he was running a slant but Hopkins went deep. The Hopkins ended up taking over in the passing game. His money route was the out route on the sideline where he would break it off for easy receptions in one-on-one situations. Hopkins even drew a pass interference call on a deep ball but his big mishap came on a 3rd down play when he dropped a key first down pass that did not help out Hoyer at all on the day. When Ryan Mallett entered the game, Hopkins became his favorite target and he caught four of the five passes on the opening drive for Mallett. He even displayed some abitliy to go across the middle and not just play outside the numbers. His two touchdowns came with Hopkins just out jumping the cornerback defending him. One for a four yard touchdown pass from Hoyer and then he had the reception of the day from the arm of Mallett when he caught an 8-yard touchdown pass leaping between two Chiefs. He also added a 2-point reception from Mallett on a back shoulder throw that he made a great reception on.
2015 Week 2 vs CAR (11 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
The Panthers did a good job of keeping a safety over the top of Hopkins the entire game, keeping him from going vertical. Hopkins did majority go his work underneath and in the middle of the field. His long reception was for 16 yards on a crossing route in the middle of the field on a catch and run. Hopkins had one deep ball thrown his direction but there was a safety over the top, that was his only deep target of the game. The Texans #1 wide receiver could not get into the groove offensively, credit the Panthers for making it a tough day for him.
2015 Week 3 vs TB (14 / 8 / 101 / 1 rec)
The Texans are going to do overeating to feed the ball to DeAndre Hopkins and when they need a big play they are trusting him. Hopkins started the scoring off early with a quick slant that he beat for five yard reception sliding low for a well place ball. Hopkins is having some drop issues and he dropped one on which that could have been big play when the cornerback fell down in coverage. Hopkins could not haul in the back shoulder throw but he has made the reception more times than not. Hopkins got back on track and started to go to work in the middle of the field after the Texans starting getting him open by lining him up in different spots. His best reception ham on a 29 yard reception on a play action pass he caught over two defenders. Hopkins continues to make plays with his route running and ability to create easy throws. Hopkins is currently on a monumental pace in the touchdown department and with Mallett looking to him often, bigger things could be in store.
2015 Week 4 vs ATL (22 / 9 / 157 / 0 rec)
If Hopkins is on the field the majority of the passes are headed to him. The Texans tried to get him going vertical but with the amount of passes being thrown his way, Hopkins struggled to make a difference. There were plenty of times where Hopkins had his hands full and the Falcons played him physical with press coverage but he could not consistently beat it to get open. Hopkins money route has been the comeback route outside the numbers and he consistently catches that pass. Hopkins racked up majority of his yard in garbage time with Brian Hoyer throwing him the football. Hopkins handled Hoyer's passes much better than Mallett's and that was due to catchable footballs. He had a touchdown nullified after he stepped out of bounds on a go route which he beat the cornerback over the top for a nice reception. The volume of targets and receptions are there for Hopkins, but the Texans are going to have to continue to get creative getting him the football.
2015 Week 5 vs IND (14 / 11 / 169 / 0 rec)
The passing game continues to go through DeAndre Hopkins and he keep rewarding the team for trusting him. Will Mallett, Hopkins is a tad limited and he makes majority of his receptions on comeback routes. He missed a big one from Mallett in a Cover-2 throw over a cornerback that he caught but could not tap two feet in-bounds with. Hopkins really got involved with Hoyer at quarterback and started to turn plenty more crossing routes deep into the Colts secondary. Hopkins had 34-yard reception on a crossing route that he was able to turn up field after breaking a tackle mid field. The Texans continued to take shots to get Hopkins in the end zone and Hoyer missed him on double moved that appeared to shown Hopkins held prior to getting out of his break. The Texans have started to move Hopkins inside and outside of their formations to get him in better math cups to exploit. Hopkins is the clear top passing target for the offense.
2015 Week 6 vs JAX (15 / 10 / 148 / 2 rec)
He might no longer be the best kept secret in the NFL after the pace of numbers he is putting up to start the season. One handed receptions or pinning a football to his head while tapping to feet in while sliding out of bounds, Hopkins will do anything to make catches for his team. Hopkins scored twice on Sunday, once on a broken play getting to the back corner of the end zone and Hoyer ended up threading the ball through defenders in order for Hopkins to make the touchdown catch. His second touchdown reception came on a 9-route where he beat his defender one-on-one running right past him for an easy pitch and catch for a 26-yard touchdown. Hopkins continues to dominate week-to-week and it always seems like he has to get warmed up before taking over. There were two throws early in the game he mishandled that could have been easily an extra 40-50 yards on his game totals. The Texans are doing a better job of moving Hopkins around to get him in favorable match-ups. Five of his receptions went for over 10 yards and two for over 20 yards or more. It is turning into a magical year for Hopkins and continues to trend up.
2015 Week 7 vs MIA (12 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)
It was DeAndre Hopkins first down game of the season and with only 50 yards on the day, he really struggled inside the numbers. The Dolphins played him physical and made him work for all of his receptions. His long catch of the day was only for 12 yards and the Texans did what they could to get him going. They moved Hopkins to the slot and tried to get him involved in crossing routes and when he did have room he ended up fumbling in traffic. Hopkins can't play exclusively in the middle of the field and he had little success outside. The one deep ball they tried with Hopkins, Hoyer could not get set up and over cooked the ball way over his head. Credit the Dolphins for making Hopkins day a tough one with their physical play.
2015 Week 8 vs TEN (11 / 8 / 94 / 1 rec)
The Texans continue to get DeAndre Hopkins into formations for one-on-one match ups. Hopkins had eight receptions and he continues to evolve his game and against the Titans he worked the under neath routes. Hopkins had four of his receptions targeted 9 yards or less but he was able to turn those into some YAC yards. He turned a simple three yard reception into a 13-yard gain by making defenders miss to pick up a key first down. Hopkins had a touchdown reception for 21 yards when he went over the Titans cornerback for another impressive catch on a 50/50 ball for his sixth touchdown on the season.
2015 Week 10 vs CIN (11 / 5 / 57 / 1 rec)
It was a slow start for Hopkins and it started off with an offensive pass interference that would have been a catch. Hopkins started to get going in the second half after Hoyer his him for receptions for 13 and 14 yards outside the numbers with their patented comeback routes. Hopkins biggest reaction came off the arm of Yates on a 22-yard strike which was an impressive one-handed reception in a one-on-one situation. Hopkins continues to show he can win the 50-50 ball int eh end zone and led the Texans with targets in the end zone with two.
2015 Week 11 vs NYJ (12 / 5 / 118 / 2 rec)
The production continues to add up for Hopkins and he put it together once again for the Texans offense. Even with Darrelle Revis on him, he produced in a big way. Hopkins had Revis beat on a double move by Yates over threw him for what would have been a touchdown. Hopkins worked Revis on some underneath routes for 14 yards and 5-yard receptions for key first downs. Then the big play came when Hopkins ran a deep post route and was one-on-one with Revis in the middle of the field and he ran past him for a 61-yard touchdown strike. Add in lat win the third quarter and 20 yard touchdown reception over Marcus Williams, the Texans offense is taking advantage of Hopkins in one-on-one situations. Hopkins opened up and showed a part of his game that has not been seen all season and that is his vertical game and he did it in a big way.
2015 Week 12 vs NO (8 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)
It was a slow day for DeAndre Hopkins and his longest reception was 13 yards on the day. Hoyer tried everything he could to get Hopkins into the end zone and the one good opportunity they had was a 50-50 ball that Brandon Browner broke up in the end zone after Hopkins had two hands on the football. It would have been a clear touchdown but it ended up being a good defensive play to keep him out of the end zone. Hopkins was targeted in the middle of the field for key first down receptions when needed and that was the extent of his day.
2015 Week 13 vs BUF (9 / 5 / 88 / 1 rec)
It was a quiet day for DeAndre Hopkins except for one drive during the game. Hopkins had three receptions on one drive of 23, 29 and 19 with the one-on-one match-ups favoring Hopkins. On his 19 yard touchdown reception, Hoyer threw a 50-50 ball to Hopkins and he showed his ability to high point the football. Hopkins had a critical drop early in the game and dropped a low ball late in the 4th quarter that he should have caught.
2015 Week 14 vs NE (6 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
The Patriots hounded Hopkins all evening and kept him blanketed with defenders. His first target and reception did not happen until almost four minutes left in the first half on a simple out patter for seven yards. Hoyer did not look towards Hopkins much during the game but took two deep shots to Hopkins. One resulted in an over throw that was not close to Hopkins, while the other rustled in a 40-yard reception. It was an uneventful evening for Hopkins besides his one long reception.
2015 Week 15 vs IND (11 / 8 / 94 / 0 rec)
The Texans came in with a concerted effort to get Hopkins back into the offense. His big catch came on a 28 yard reception which he ripped away from a defender when they hit the ground. There were some shots downfield and drew a pass interference call on a deep ball downfield. Hopkins continued to be moved around and did majority of his work on underneath routes for receptions of 6, 7 and 10 yards. There were not many chances for Hopkins in the red-zone but his production went back up with both Yates and Weeden not afraid to throw it his direction.
2015 Week 16 vs TEN (11 / 7 / 117 / 1 rec)
It took a while to get Hopkins going but Brandon Weeden started working the out route with him to get confidence. The big break though came in the late in the first half when Weeden went deep to Hopkins for a 44-yard gain that he hit him in stride. From that point, Weeden trusted Hopkins and hit him for gains of 11 and a 15 yard touchdown. On the touchdown, Weeden missed a throw to Hopkins where he overcooked it in the end zone and the Texans did not waste time and went back to the same play where Hopkins caught the touchdown over Coty Sensabugh. Hopkins had his way with Sensabaugh with easy pitch and catches all day. As the game went on, Hopkins gave Weeden easy targets with well run routes.
2015 Week 17 vs JAX (12 / 7 / 89 / 0 rec)
It was a solid work day for DeAndre Hopkins with seven receptions. He was only targeted once more than 20 yards where he ended up catching the pass but unable to tap two feet in. There was also another target for Hopkins that should have drew a flag inside the five yard line on what looked like an pass interference. Hopkins worked under 10 yards and racked up the underneath stop routes continuously for 13 yards twice and 10 yards on easy pitch and catches. Hopkins longest reception came on a placation roll out where Hoyer hit him for 20 yard gain on a crossing route. The Jaguars did a good job of keeping him getting deep but Hopkins did what he had to do to get open. He took what was given and racked up catches and yards on simple plays. There were not many chances for Hopkins in the end zone for targets but he is still the go-to player for the offense through the air.
2015 Week 18 vs KC (11 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)
The Texans tried to get the ball into Hopkins but the Chiefs blanketed him majority of the game. It got to the point where Hoyer forced the issue to Hopkins throwing dangerous passes. One was almost picked off by Sean Smith after he broke on the ball but Hopkins ended up making the reception to get a one of the few first downs through the air. Hopkins did majority of his work on underneath routes and had his longest reception of the day on a 17 yard pass that he double tapped his feet for a normal highlight reel catch that most come to expect from Hopkins. Hopkins did have one red zone target but the ball was so poorly thrown it ended up out of bounds with no chance for him to make a play.
2014 Week 1 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 89 / 1 rec)
Hopkins had a good game, but probably not as good as the stat line suggests. 76 of Hopkins' 89 receiving yards came on one play. Fitzpatrick found Hopkins on a deep crossing pattern after a play action fake which left Hopkins wide open. Once Hopkins caught the ball he made a great move to juke the one defensive back in the area, and then sprinted down the field for a touchdown. While the remaining 3 receptions for 13 yards isn't encouraging and indicates Hopkins is a step blow Johnson in the rapport category, Fitzpatrick obviously trusts the second year wide out. Johnson and Hopkins were collectively targeted 14 times while the rest of the team only had 8 combined targets. Hopkins does need to continue to tighten up his game though. During the second drive of the second half, Hopkins double caught a perfectly placed ball on a crossing route after a Fitzpatrick play action fake. A Washington defensive back was able to hit Hopkins and jar the ball loose since he did not initially secure the catch. If mistakes like those are eliminated though, Hopkins can continue to ascend even in this conservative Texans offense.
2014 Week 2 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 22 / 1 rec)
Hopkins had another lackluster fantasy day saved by a receiving touchdown. As opposed to Week One though, the lack of production for Hopkins was almost purely the fault of limited offensive production overall. Whereas Hopkins dropped a few passes against the Redskins, Hopkins was more sure handed on Sunday. Having said that, one of Hopkins completions was double caught and DeAndre also dropped another pass which was nullified by defensive holding penalty. Hopkins did have the red zone touchdown reception and an additional red zone target during the same drive. Something has to be said for the fact that Fitzpatrick seems to look for him inside the 20. His touchdown reception was a beautiful back shoulder catch made right past the pylon. With catches like that, it's understandable why Fitzpatrick and the offensive coaching staff trust him at that end of the field.
2014 Week 3 vs NYG (9 / 6 / 116 / 0 rec)
If the Texans had a different quarterback and therefore a more liberal passing game, Hopkins would likely be a top 20 fantasy receiver consistently. Hopkins had a beautiful one handed catch that was called back due to an illegal formation penalty. Hopkins had another 49 yard reception in which the defensive back was step for step with him, but Hopkins positioned himself personally to shield the defender from the ball. Fitzpatrick at times locks onto Hopkins, and today he was rewarded by several drive sustaining receptions. Hopkins production is more reliant on game flow than Johnson as the clear second target, but is quickly approaching must start status in three receiver leagues. Of note, Hopkins did not double catch the ball or drop any passes which was a problem to varying degrees in the first two games. This will only strengthen his rapport with Fitzpatrick.
2014 Week 4 vs BUF (6 / 5 / 64 / 1 rec)
Hopkins production has seemed fluky all year, but Sunday marked another game with a touchdown due to a busted coverage. Something is to be said for the fact that Hopkins is likely getting busted coverage because of the attention opposing teams give Andre Johnson on the other side of the field. That is likely to not change any time soon too because Johnson continues to act as Fitzpatrick's primary target. If it wasn't for the wide open touchdown in the second quarter, Hopkins would have totaled 4 receptions for 29 yards. While relying on Hopkins touchdown efficiency seems risky, Hopkins continues to make contested catches and has growing rapport with Fitzpatrick. Hopkins has tallied at least 8 fantasy points in standard leagues, and that production could likely increase as the Texans will play tougher teams and be forced to play from behind.
2014 Week 5 vs DAL (6 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec)
After Hopkins outgained and tallied more receptions than Andre Johnson yet again, one has to wonder if Hopkins has surpassed Johnson as the go-to receiver in Bill O'Brien's offense. The targets would not suggest that, but every game this season Hopkins has outscored Johnson in a fantasy capacity. Hopkins does not possess the electric run after the catch ability which would be so valuable in this offense, but he is a great route runner and his hands have improved over the course of the season. In this game for instance, Hopkins' intermediate prowess proved valuable as he caught a reception for 18 yards and another for 19 yards to extend the two fourth quarter scoring drives for the Texans. Hopkins production today is what can be expected of him, but he is good for at least one red zone target per game.
2014 Week 6 vs IND (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
This was a game that Hopkins and his fantasy owners would rather forget. After dropping a critical pass on third down which would have resulted in an extension of the drive, Hopkins was largely ignored the rest of the night. Hopkins was not targeted again until well into the fourth quarter, and those were the only two targets of the game for the second year receiver. Hopkins also showed minimal effort to recover a Fitzpatrick fumble that ended the game, which could have implications on his playing time due to Belichick disciple Bill O'Brien's fiery nature. Hopkins workload next week will be very telling as to how much his play this night damaged his rapport with Fitzpatrick and Obrien alike.
2014 Week 7 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 108 / 0 rec)
Hopkins continues to show the mistakes keeping the second year receiver from taking the next step to dependability. While fantasy owners will be happy with 108 receiving yards, they should be somewhat worried about the continued miscues that may be wearing the patience of Head Coach Bill O'Brien thin. Most of Hopkins receptions came during the comeback attempt after giving up a flurry of points at the end of the first half, but Hopkins helped derail that effort with a terrible fumble at the end of a 32 yard reception. Hopkins at his best is a great possession receiver in the vein of Derrick Mason, so he has to get better at the little things such as taking care of the ball in traffic.
2014 Week 8 vs TEN (11 / 5 / 95 / 0 rec)
Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson will likely have nightmares on Sunday night about Hopkins running comeback routes for receptions. Hopkins does not separate against corners with plus athleticism, so he has to rely on his route running ability to position himself between defensive backs and the ball. Luckily Hopkins is adept at doing just that despite only playing in the NFL for a year and a half. Hopkins averaged 19 yards per reception despite having his long catch on the day going for 23 yards. That just shows how many times Hopkins burned the Titans on the same route concept. Hopkins rapport with Fitzpatrick seems fine despite a two game stretch in which Hopkins made critical mistakes. At this point Hopkins has a floor as a fantasy WR3, with the ability to score like a high end WR2.
2014 Week 9 vs PHI (11 / 6 / 115 / 1 rec)
Hopkins is taking the next step this season and is on his way to becoming the Texans best receiver. The statistics would suggest that he has already surpassed Johnson, but that is more to do with the quarterback than Hopkins possessing better skills than Johnson at this point. The great rapport between he and Fitzpatrick is due to their intersecting skills sets; Fitzpatrick is actually fairly adept at throwing to a spot before the receiver breaks and Hopkins is incredible at making contested catches. In the first quarter Hopins made a catch on CB Cary Williams back for a 23 yard gain. Those type of plays is whay Hopkins will have to excel at because he does not possess elite speed necessary to separate on that attribute alone. Hopkins could possibly take a dip in production if Mallett is instituted as starting QB, but not drastically so and would still be start worthy in fantasy.
2014 Week 11 vs CLE (8 / 4 / 80 / 0 rec)
Johnson might have been Mallett's favorite target, but Hopkins was his go to deep target. It seems bad that Hopkins only caught half of his 8 targets, but that wasn't on Hopkins. DeAndre averaged 20 yards per catch on the day, greatly aided by a 41 yard reception. With Mallett under center, Hopkins will be targeted on intermediate and deep routes almost exclusively.
2014 Week 12 vs CIN (9 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Hopkins had a meager day as the rest of the offense did, but it is impressive how the second year receiver has maintained a decent fantasy throw throughout the season. Even with Mallett's woes on the day, Hopkins managed to catch over half of his targets, going 5 for 9 in that regard. Hopkins failed to show his route diversity on the day, only averaging 7.8 yards per reception, but did have a 32 yard near catch called back. Hopkins will have more fantasy consistency than Johnson with the impending quarterback change, but his value also takes a hit with Mallett going on IR.
2014 Week 13 vs TEN (9 / 9 / 238 / 2 rec)
Blidi Wreh-Wilson is having nightmares right now of Hopkins running wild after a catch. Hopkins has really come into his own, showing his ability to make great catches and run crisp routes. Texans fans on twitter began to talk about the passing of the torch from Andre Johnson to Hopkins because of this performance, but truth is that transference happened earlier this season due to both receivers' play on the field. The most impressive of Hopkins' 9 catches today was the 58 yard TD grab shortly before the end of the first half. Not only did Hopkins burn the Titans secondary, he had to look back directly at the spot where the open stadium roof allowed the sun to beam onto the field. Despite running full speed and looking back a split second before the ball arrived, Hopkins never looked like he had a difficult time locating the ball and catching it in stride. Hopkins will continue to put up WR2 numbers throughout the fantasy playoffs, especially in PPR leagues.
2014 Week 14 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Hopkins returned to Earth as well on Sunday, but a lot of that was Ryan Fitzpatrick's inability to push the ball downfield. On passes that traveled 15 yards in the air, Fitzpatrick was 2 for 5, which killed Hopkins production. The good news though, is that Fitzpatrick has grown a great deal of rapport with the second year receiver, as shown by his team high 6 targets. Hopkins ran good routes all game long and made a crucial ctach on a 28 yard pass play that helped put the game away in the fourth quarter. Plays like that justify and strengthen the faith the journeyman quarterback has in Hopkins. Hopkins will remain viable despite Fitzpatrick's lack of production, especially in PPR leagues.
2014 Week 15 vs IND (13 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)
Fantasy owners and daily players were hoping to see a boon to Hopkins' targets with Andre Johnson out with a concussion, and it happened with DeAndre getting thrown to 13 times. Unfortunately it was a third string quarterback most of the game trying to get him the ball. There was at least one ball on a crossing pattern that Hopkins likely could have caught, but the rest of the 7 targets he didn't catch were the result of errant passes. Hopkins is a great candidate for keeper and dynasty leagues though. Box score watchers will see the end of season dip in production and blame the second year receiver. In reality, Hopkins has gotten better over the course of the season, setting up defenders beautifully with route running savvy and showing off great hands to make contested catches. With any shred of quarterback improvement it is not unreasonable to believe Hopkins could be a fringe WR1 with a WR2 floor next season.
2014 Week 16 vs BAL (12 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
Hopkins had to work out before the game to even convince Texans coaches he was ready to play despite an ankle injury that kept him out of practice all week. Hopkins started the game slow, but started coming alive around half time. Keenum targeted Hopkins 12 times but most of his 5 completions were bubble and tunnel screens, which explain his 7.6 yards per catch average. Going forward, Hopkins will be the clear WR1 in this offense. Hopefully for Hopkins' sake, the Texans come up with a better quarterback situation.
2014 Week 17 vs JAX (6 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Hopkins had a quiet day, but that was likely more due to Keenum's play than anything the second year receiver did or did not do. Keenum not only didn't take shots when they were available, which often came in the form of Hopkins deep on posts or deep crossers, but the fourth string quarterback also seemed fixated on Andre Johnson all game. Hopkins will return to being a solid WR2 for fantasy purposes next season assuming there is even slight improvement at the quarterback position.
2013 Week 1 vs SD (6 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)
DeAndre Hopkins' first reception came in the second quarter on a screen play that was blown up by outside linebacker Jarrett Johnson. Hopkins wasn't involved on offense much. His next target was a reception, but it came with five minutes left in the third quarter. He caught the ball underneath before running downfield for a first down. Hopkins most impressive play of the game to that point came with two minutes left in the third quarter. He ran an out route 12 yards down the field. Schaub threw him a slightly high pass that Hopkins snatched out of the air while absorbing a low hit from a defensive back. A few plays later, he bettered that play when Matt Schaub underthrew him. Hopkins beat the defense deep and could have had a touchdown, but instead he was forced to reroute back to the football and make an exceptional diving reception with his hands extended. Hopkins added a 12 yard reception off of play action as he was left wide open in the flat. He caught the ball before quickly turning to run down the sideline.
2013 Week 2 vs TEN (13 / 7 / 117 / 1 rec)
Hopkins first target came in the first quarter on third and five. He lined up in the slot before running into space for an easy reception and a first down. Hopkins didn't see another target until late in the second quarter, when Schaub threw the ball out of bounds trying to find him down the sideline. Hopkins next target came early in the third quarter, as he smartly settled down over the middle of the field against zone coverage for a first down reception. Schaub tried to find Hopkins by the sideline to start the fourth quarter, but Alterraun Verner made an excellent play to knock it away at the last moment. Hopkins was the target on Schaub's fourth quarter interception that was returned for a touchdown. There was a miscommunication between the pair, something that Schaub took the blame for after the game. The play itself suggests that it was Schaub who made the wrong decision also, so it doesn't seem to be a quarterback just taking the blame for his receiver. Schaub looked to Hopkins on a slant route straight after, but the quarterback threw the ball out of his reach. On the very next play, Schaub overthrew Hopkins at the sideline deep down the field. Hopkins and Schaub finally connected again on the next drive when he ran a post route before absorbing a big hit from an incoming safety. Schaub went straight back to Hopkins underneath, before he carried the ball forward for a first down. The Texans quarterback was now focusing in on Hopkins in the way he has done with Andre Johnson over the years. The next play saw Schaub put the ball up for Hopkins to go and get down the sideline. Hopkins obliged with a lovely play over the defensive back. Schaub didn't go back to Hopkins again until overtime, when he put the ball in the air for the receiver to beat the defensive back down the sideline again. It was an exceptional play from Hopkins that set his team up at the goalline. At the goalline, Schaub looked for Hopkins on a jump ball, but the receiver couldn't bring it down as he hung in the air. He made up for that on the very next play, as he made an outstanding reception against a cornerback in the endzone for the game winning touchdown.
2013 Week 3 vs BAL (7 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)
Hopkins saw Lardarius Webb to start the game, so the ball went elsewhere. On his first target, on the first drive of the game, he drew a penalty when he worked against Jimmy Smith for the first time. Hopkins' second target didn't come until the dying seconds of the first half, when he caught a deep post route in tight coverage for a big gain and a first down. He followed that up by beating Jimmy Smith on a deep comeback route before getting out of bounds. On the Texans' first drive of the third quarter, Hopkins ran an in route with a defender on his back and one incoming. Hopkins extended fully to catch a slightly overthrown pass before absorbing the contact and getting to the ground with the ball. Hopkins adjusted well to a pass underneath on a curl route for a five yard reception late in the third quarter. With Andre Johnson out of the game, Schaub threw up a deep ball to Hopkins without even looking at him. Hopkins was working against Lardarius Webb, an elite cover cornerback, who was in better position to play the ball. On a critical third and four with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Hopkins caught a quick in route for a first down. He followed that up with another in route for seven yards.
2013 Week 4 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Hopkins wasn't targeted until the final minute of the second quarter. He was running side to side with Brandon Browner, but the pass was overthrown over the sideline. With around 30 seconds left in the game, the football finally found Hopkins. On second and 20, Hopkins came free on a deep in route for a 17 yard gain. Hopkins caught a sliding out route by the sideline for a first down on the Texans' second drive in overtime.
2013 Week 5 vs SF (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Hopkins didn't see the ball come his way until the two minute mark in the second quarter. Schaub underthrew a deep pass to him down the sideline and Hopkins was penalized for pass interference as he climbed over the defender. Schaub went straight back to him on the next play as he worked back well to catch a 12 yard pass on first and long. For the third straight play, Schaub tried to find Hopkins on a deep out route but he overthrew him. Early in the third quarter, Hopkins ran a post route and caught a deep pass when he beat the cornerback in man coverage.
2013 Week 6 vs STL (5 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Hopkins' first reception came on the Texans' second drive as he came free over the middle of the field for a big gain. Soon after, Hopkins caught his second pass, this time on a shallow crossing route. However, he also fumbled the ball as he was tackled by a defender. Schaub went straight back to Hopkins to start the next drive as he caught a deep curl for a first down. Schaub did the same thing on the next drive, but Hopkins couldn't catch a pass when the defender flashed infront of him on a deep curl.
2013 Week 7 vs KC (4 / 3 / 76 / 1 rec)
Hopkins wasn't targeted in the first quarter, but he immediately made a big play to start the second. On Case Keenum's second big deep ball of the day, Hopkins ran right by the cornerback down the sideline for a touchdown that the duo made look very simple. Later in the second quarter, Hopkins adjusted well to catch a pass after running an out route to the sideline. Keenum looked for Hopkins again in the end zone in the third quarter, but the receiver couldn't keep hold of the ball as Marcus Cooper hit his hands. Hopkins caught another deep pass down the sideline when the Texans were backed up in their own end zone. Hopkins was wide open but kept his concentration to make a firm hands catch.
2013 Week 9 vs IND (6 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
Hopkins was wide open for his first target, but Keenum threw it behind him as he ran an in route underneath. Hopkins didn't have his first catch until the fourth quarter, when he grabbed the ball out of the air above the defensive back who was covering him tightly down the sideline. On the next drive, Hopkins worked back to the football on a curl route for a first down. Hopkins caught a deep in route for a first down as the Texans rushed to come from behind late in the fourth quarter.
2013 Week 10 vs ARI (11 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)
Hopkins' first reception came in the second quarter. He made a nice hands catch with a defender arriving over the middle of the field. Hopkins' second reception was fortunate, but it also showed off his concentration. The opportunity should never have come to him but Daryl Washington tipped the ball into the air instead of catching it, the ball went straight to Hopkins over the middle of the field. Two plays later, Hopkins caught a quick pass as he ran a shallow in route. Hopkins caught a curl route underneath for a first down when he settled between two defenders. Hopkins caught another curl pass for a first down soon after, but this time it was much deeper down the sideline. Late in the fourth quarter, Hopkins caught a comeback route against tight coverage for a first down.
2013 Week 11 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Hopkins first target came in the fourth quarter. Matt Schaub underthrew him on a shallow curl route. Hopkins caught his first pass late in the fourth quarter as he ran a quick curl route by the sideline. He was benched during the game and it is unknown whether he'll get fewer opportunities going forward.
2013 Week 12 vs JAX (4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Hopkins caught a pass on a crossing route for his first catch of the game. He initially bobbled the ball before bringing it in to his body. Hopkins saw a number of targets, but he was rarely given a chance because of Keenum's inaccuracy. On the final drive of the game, Hopkins failed to bring in a pass down the sideline as he appeared to misjudge the flight of the ball.
2013 Week 13 vs NE (5 / 2 / 77 / 0 rec)
Hopkins' first reception came on a shallow crossing route. He caught the ball with a defender tight to his back before skipping out of a tackle for a first down. Hopkins' next target came in the fourth quarter, when he got in behind Kyle Arrington for a huge gain down the sideline.
2013 Week 14 vs JAX (7 / 3 / 76 / 0 rec)
Hopkins caught Keenum's first pass of the game on a deep crossing route for a first down. Hopkins should have had a touchdown in the third quarter, but Case Keenum overthrew him in the end zone. When Matt Schaub came in late in the third quarter, Hopkins caught a deep in route before running downfield with the ball. In the fourth quarter, Hopkins caught a post route for a first down.
2013 Week 15 vs IND (5 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
As has been the case too often this season, Hopkins had to wait a long time before the football went his way. On third and long in the second quarter, Keenum checked down to him underneath. Another long stretch passed before Hopkins got his second target late in the third quarter. Hopkins has a huge amount of talent, he showed it off on a jump ball late in the fourth quarter, but so long as the Texans have problems at the quarterback position it's hard to see how he can be productive.
2013 Week 16 vs DEN (4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Hopkins was one of the most exciting rookie receivers to come out of college in recent seasons. Not only is he a very talented player, but he came out with a certain level of polish that should have allowed him to excel during his first season as a professional. Unfortunately, for most of this season Hopkins has looked like a break-dancer in a poorly-choreographed ballet. He simply wasn't ever in a position to succeed because too often he was an afterthought when it came to distributing the football, while that distribution was often of the unsalvagable kind. This game was very similar to how most of his outings this season have gone.
2013 Week 17 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Hopkins saw his first target very early in the game. On the very first drive, Matt Schaub slightly underthrew a screen pass to him but he made a nice adjustment to bring it in. From there, he evaded an incoming defender to escape for a first down. Hopkins had his second reception soon after, as he ran behind the line of scrimmage to come free in the flat after play-action. In the second quarter, Hopkins had his longest reception of the day as he found space on a deep in route against zone coverage for a 19 yard gain. This was the kind of target Hopkins should have seen more of throughout the season, but alas this was another game where he went underused. He did have one deep shot late in the fourth quarter. He dropped the ball, but drew pass interference deep down the field.