Look any Houston Texans sport and one phrase will get repeated time and again: “First down seize, DeAndre Hopkins.”
The receiver has generated 47 first downs on his 75 catches this season, tied for second-most in the NFL with Mike Evans — simplest Michael Thomas has extra.
Start air of his other-worldly hands and bodily skillset, Hopkins’ potential to jog the sticks stems from his accurate route-working. The wideout constantly makes himself accessible to Deshaun Watson in key moments.
To lend a hand make stronger in that dwelling this offseason, Hopkins studied one of his favourite receivers: Julian Edelman.
“(He) constantly has a knack for getting the extra four or five yards,” Hopkins acknowledged of the Patriots receiver, by strategy of ESPN’s Sarah Barshop. “He’s one of my favourite receivers in the NFL on yarn of that. Resulting from he retains the chains transferring.”
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November 21, 2019
Edelman is an enticing participant for Hopkins to peek. The Gargantuan Bowl MVP is a route technician, seemingly constantly open off the road of scrimmage. The mind-meld Edelman has with Tom Brady also enables the Pats to take honest appropriate thing about defenses in key spots, even in opposition to doable double-teams. Combine Edelman’s route working and potential to accumulate open with ease, with the bodily abilities of a Hopkins, and likewise you would have a dynamite wideout (in total Michael Thomas).
Hopkins hasn’t viewed as many photographs vertically this season. His 75.4 receiving yards per sport thru 10 tilts is his lowest since 2016, despite seeing extra targets and receptions wander his map than a year ago.
Whereas fantasy footballers would possibly maybe well well accumulate pissed off that Hopkins is now not soaring deep a week, the wideout views it as a obvious for the Texans offense as a complete.
“I build now not must protect as significant of a load as I venerable to, and I get that is an moral thing,” Hopkins acknowledged. “We can rely on other gamers. … Obviously, it makes the group better.”
Earlier than Thursday night’s pivotal tilt in opposition to division rival Indianapolis Colts, that would possibly maybe well well furthermore simply resolve the leader in the AFC South, Houston needs an infinite sport from Hopkins in opposition to a Colts defense that has been uber stingy of uninteresting because it will get fitter.
Tune in tonight, and likewise you can guarantee to hear the phrase: ‘First-down seize, Hopkins,’ many times.