By Colby Lanham // Atheltic Communications
Long-time Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson is now with the Indianapolis Colts, but Owner Bob McNair and the Texans coaching staff have another long-term plan in place: DeAndre Hopkins. According to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com, the coaching staff confidently sees Hopkins as the team’s No. 1 receiver after the Clemson product finished the year as the team’s leader in receiving yards with 1,210 yards and six touchdowns, an impressive feat given the Texans’ revolving door at quarterback last season.
“Obviously, Deandre Hopkins we think is one of the best in the league,” Coach Bill O’Brien said via Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. “I’ve said that time and time again.”
-Tania Ganguli, Houston Texans Reporter, ESPN.com
Hopkins’ shining moment of 2014 came when he decimated the Tennessee Titans’ secondary for 238 yards and two touchdowns. He also made his own sick catch that could have rivaled New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr’s own one-handed catch had it not be nullified by a holding penalty. NFL analyst Mike Mayock also highlighted what makes Hopkins such a dangerous threat for opposing secondaries.
At age 22, Hopkins is just getting started.
April 13, 2021