The Houston Texans are hoping to have a strong, bounce-back season after finishing 2-14 before. A lot of their overall play this season will come out of their offense, as they already have one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Whether or not starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick flourishes or not remains to be seen, but someone who will have a large role in turning this team around is sophomore wide receiver and former Texans first round pick, DeAndre Hopkins.
For starters, Andre Johnson may not even return after sitting out OTas and mandatory minicamp so far. It’s still a question as to whether or not he is going to return to the team.
If Johnson leaves, then Hopkins becomes the new number one receiver. Even if Johnson stays, he’s getting older and the team cannot rely solely on him much longer, so expect Hopkins to receive plenty of more targets this season.
He is only 22 years old and showed plenty of promise in what was an awful season in 2013, especially the overall quarterback play. He played all 16 games and finished with 52 catches for 802 yards and a couple of touchdowns. Hopkins had very good breakaway speed and became an excellent deep threat at certain situations.
Hopkins is going into his second year, and with Johnson either leaving or staying and having to become a less reliable option, the sophomore is bound to have a breakout season in 2014.
In the end, Hopkins should be able to reach 1,000 receiving yards and could even reach double-digit touchdowns. But no matter what, expect a big season from the second-year receiver.