Hopkins snagged six of nine targets for 65 yards in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round loss to the Patriots.
The fourth-year pro led the Texans in receptions, targets and yards on the night, turning in his second consecutive solid postseason performance. After enduring a disappointing statistical season that was heavily influenced by the struggles of Brock Osweiler behind center, Hopkins and his quarterback appeared to have improved rapport during Houston's two playoff games. The 24-year-old saw a combined 18 targets from Osweiler during the pair of postseason tilts, converting 11 of them into receptions, including one touchdown. The two will likely head into the offseason looking to put in some extra time together with the goal of producing mutual bounce-back seasons in 2017.
Though listed as a limited practice participant this week, Hopkins' status for the game was never in much doubt. Hopkins, who has a combined 190 receiving yards over his last two outings, figures to be busy Saturday, especially in the event that the
Hopkins (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.
We'll have to see how the Texans officially list Hopkins for Saturday's game against the Patriots, but per the Houston Chronicle, the wideout is downplaying his knee issue and is expected to play this weekend. With that in mind, when asked about his knee Thursday, Hopkins indicated that "it's excellent."
Hopkins was limited in practice Wednesday due to a knee injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The emergence of Hopkins on the injury report is slightly surprising, considering there was no mention of a knee aliment over the past week. However, the No. 1 wideout is still expected to play Saturday against the Patriots. His limited status may be more of a precautionary measure taken by the team, but look for updates to come in the next few days.
We got a glimpse of last season's Hopkins, who made an acrobatic 38-yard catch along the sideline to set up his score, which gave Houston a 20-7 halftime lead. He and quarterback Brock Osweiler had some connectivity problems early, but the quarterback hooked up with him often when Houston went to an up-tempo offense. Osweiler was good in spurts, but the competition gets much tougher next weekend on the road, where he's done his worst work.
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