In case you missed it yesterday, Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins lit up the Tennessee Titans‘ secondary with seven catches for 117 yards, including a touchdown catch where he out-timed and out-leaped the defensive back, snatching a ball out of the air for the highlight reels.
Hopkins has a long list of physical abilities. At 6-foot-1 and 214 pounds, he isn’t exactly a prototypical big-bodied receiver. He is more of a Larry Fitzgerald type of receiver, which makes him a great compliment to Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels‘ physical style of play. Hopkins ran a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash, and has a vertical of 37 inches and 33 3/4-inch arms which gives him a huge catching radius.
So I think we can conclude that he’s got the physical tools to succeed. Is he in the right situation?
Matt Schaub is a veteran quarterback who’s well versed in the Texans offense. On the other side of the field is Andre Johnson, one of the top receivers in the game, who will draw coverage away and also serve as a mentor to help accelerate Hopkins’ knowledge of the game.
Top this off with the fact that the Texans are one of the powerhouse offenses in the league with a rock-solid run game, and Hopkins should draw single coverage from the opposing team’s no. 2 corner with every snap.
Early reports are that Andre Johnson’s mild concussion should be cleared in time for next week’s game. If you have the mixed blessing of having the first waiver wire rank, I suggest you use it to add Hopkins to your receiver corps.