Hopkins caught two of four targets for 19 yards, including a three-yard touchdown reception, in a 33-17 win over Cleveland in Week 6.
The Browns acted, appropriately enough, like Hopkins was the one player they had to take out of the game, so they threw their double-teams at him. The four targets were a season low for Hopkins. Unfortunately for the Browns, Houston isn't Brock Osweiler's team any longer. With Deshaun Watson under the center, the Texans are no longer one-dimensional and have multiple weapons. Hopkins was able to catch his team-high sixth touchdown pass of the season -- the third straight week with a score -- which salvaged an otherwise unspectacular day. Houston is off next week and will return Week 8 on the road in Seattle.
Hopkins caught four of 12 targets for 52 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 42-34 loss to the Chiefs.
Hopkins final stat line is deceiving, as he had a relatively inefficient night before finding the painted area twice in garbage time. However, it can't be ignored how much rookie QB Deshaun Watson seems to be honing in on Hopkins as his clear-cut top option in the passing game. In fact, since Watson took over the starting job in Week 2, 45 of his 122 pass attempts have been sent Hopkins' way. That's a 37 percent market share, which is not something that all No. 1 wideouts can lay claim to. Though he'll likely be seeing a lot of Jason McCourty during the Texans' Week 6 matchup with the Browns, Hopkins should still have plenty of chances to exploit a Cleveland secondary that's relinquished 8.3 yards per attempt this season, good for fourth-worst in the league.
Hopkins has benefited from teammate Deshaun Watson's ability to extend plays through the quarterbacks his first three starts, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Hopkins' previous quarterbacks during his four-plus years with Houston haven't given him much time to sell his routes and get open, but Watson's maneuverability is opening up the Texans offense. The quarterback's athleticism has greatly assisted Hopkins, who leads the NFL in both catches (31) and targets (49) at the season's quarter pole. That translates to a career-high 63.3 percent catch rate for Hopkins heading into his Week 5 matchup with the undefeated Chiefs, who rank 25th in passing defense (248.0 yards per game allowed) this season.
Hopkins snatched 10 of 12 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 57-14 win over Tennessee.
Houston was able to get Tennessee's defense to bite in on the play fake late in the first quarter, allowing Deshaun Watson to hit Hopkins on the quick slant for an eight-yard score. Hopkins has been a stud since he entered the league, but shoddy quarterback play led him to take a step back last season. Watson's emergence all of a sudden gives Hopkins a play maker throwing him the ball. Opportunities won't be an issue, he's averaging nearly eight catches and over 12 targets per game to start the season. Look for Watson to help Hopkins do more with those opportunities as defenses all of a sudden have to respect the pass.
Hopkins doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Titans.
After limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, Hopkins turned in a full showing to close out Week 4 preparation, clearing him to suit up Sunday. The Texans offense will have more mouths to feed in the contest with the expected return of Will Fuller (collarbone) to the lineup. No matter, as the clear top option in the passing game, Hopkins shouldn't have a problem racking up yards versus Tennessee's 26th-ranked pass defense.
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/29/17||@ SEA||4:05 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|12||11/27/17||@ BAL||8:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
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