A Quick Reminder, DeAndre Hopkins is the Best Wide Receiver in the NFL
Patrick D. Starr
It is a slow news cycle in the NFL with the dead period across the league heading to training camp in late July. Random discussions will go on the major networks, but some odd trend is occurring with one of the Houston Texans own in Deandre Hopkins.
For some reason, backup quarterbacks and now turned NFL media analysts do not think Hopkins is one of the top five wide receivers in the NFL.
Recently retired Josh McCown did not even have Hopkins ranked in the top-5 in the NFL.
Here is his list.
According to McCown, the likes of the New England Patriots Julian Edelman, New Orleans Saints Michael Thomas and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans are better options than Hopkins.
There can be discussions for Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones and the Cleveland Browns Odell Beckham Jr. on being one to best receivers in the game.
Then there is former Texans quarterback David Carr who recently put out a list.
Here is his list.
Carr's list consisted of using salary cap numbers to build his list to find value for the best wide receivers.
Every receiver on the list makes more than Hopkins a year with the Texans receiver set at having a cap hit of $14 million.
According to Carr, after being told Hopkins, "Probably has the best hands in the league."
Carr responded, "They' re (Hopkins and Mike Evans) very similar to me and that's why I could maybe to myself at least justify leaving him off because incredible hands both those guys are incredible players. I needed a six and a seven to really justify this list, but now you know what come at me."
DeAndre Hopkins Is One of the Best
Let's review what Hopkins has been able to do with the Texans and most importantly, the past two seasons.
In the past two seasons Hopkins is the only receiver in the top-2 in the league in targets (337-1st), receptions (211-2nd), receiving yards (2,950-2nd), receiving touchdowns (24-tied 1st), receiving first downs (150-1st) and 25+ yard receptions with 31 (2nd).
In 2018, Hopkins finished with a career-high 115 receptions and receiving yards 1,572 while averaging 13.7 yards a reception. It was also the second consecutive season he had double-digit touchdown receptions after putting up 13 in 2017 he followed that up with 11. He also had zero drops the entire 2018 season.
His durability has not discussed enough leading all skill players in play-time percentage being on the field for 99.09% of the offensive snaps in 2018.
Hopkins became the first player in the NFL to record multiple seasons with at least 100 receptions, 1,500 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns since 2013. He joined Marvin Harrison, Brandon Marshall, and Jerry Rice as the only receivers to post the same state in multiple seasons in NFL history.
In 2018, Hopkins ranked 3rd in the NFL in receptions (115), 2nd in yards (1,572), 4th in touchdowns (5th), 1st in receiving first downs (81) and 4th with 14 receptions of 25+ yards.
After another strong 2018 campaign, Hopkins locked up his second consecutive 1st Team AP-All Pro honor and 3rd Pro Bowl of his career. He also holds the top three seasons of touchdown receptions in franchise history and the only receiver to record double-digit touchdowns in a season.
Hopkins continues to flirt with NFL records on a record pace. He was the second-youngest player in NFL history to reach 500 receptions and 7,000 career receiving yards trailing the Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald.
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