Fantasy owners take note: DeAndre Hopkins figures to see action across from Andre Johnson, as the Houston Texans‘ head honcho is “expecting it right off the get-go.” This inspires much more confidence in his production than in past years with erstwhile Texans Kevin Walter or Jacoby Jones.
At long last, a first round-caliber receiver to capitalize on the attention drawn by Johnson.
“He’s very productive,” Texans Coach Gary Kubiak told the team website. “The thing that I like about him, he played big-time ball. I like his progression in his career, watching him get better each year as you go back and look at him statistically. Then, I like when the lights got really big, this guy got very competitive. LSU, the bowl game, stands out to me.”
“He’s got a big, big upside; I think he’s still on the come. He really didn’t play in an offense that threw the ball a great deal. He reminds me of Andre a little but from the standpoint of he’s quiet, he’s confident, knows what he wants to do. Hopefully, we’ll get him headed in that direction.”
Hopkins broke the Clemson school career receiving records in yards and touchdowns, but really put some great icing on the cake with that Chick-fil-A Bowl win over LSU. Facing a defense that boasted first-round safety Eric Reid along with 2013 cornerback draftee Tharold Simon, Hopkins ripped off 13 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns, including a fourth-and-16 conversion on the team’s game-winning drive.
Clemson’s offense ranked 31st in pass attempts last year, which isn’t low but also doesn’t inflate numbers.
Before the draft, I wrote how it could be wise to devote resources elsewhere due to the fact that Houston runs more and uses 3-wide less than any other team in the league. I’ll change my mind if Hopkins finds a way to produce aside Johnson in a run-heavy NFL offense.