Starting this season, many people had DeAndre Hopkins listed as one of the most dangerous targets. He came out and looked to have backed up that assumption, earning two touchdowns the first two games. Recently the talented young receiver has not produced anything slightly similar to his season last year. With a season total 50 catches on 95 targets and only three touchdowns, Hopkins has fallen to the bottom of fantasy lists. The offensive weapon could have a number of things going wrong for him this year.
The possibility of Hopkins being a “one hit wonder” are slim, considering how consistent the young man has been. He has played in every single NFL game in his career, making him even more reliable. He has shown a steady increase in stats and big plays made each and every season. Hopkins had his best season last year, as he nearly doubled his touchdown receptions from six to 11. So the remaining question is; what is wrong with DeAndre Hopkins this year?
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There could be a number of issues including offensive line issues, chemistry issues between Hopkins and Osweiler, or even a slight injury that Hopkins may not be sharing. The problems for DeAndre are not entirely his fault, considering the offense has not produced much in the passing attack. The blame cannot be all on Osweiler, he is in a new system and hasn’t been performing perfectly, but Hopkins has yet to have an incredibly talented quarterback. Year in and year out, Houston has struggled to find their perfect quarterback, but Hopkins never struggled.
With the track Hopkins is on, he wont even earn half of the receiving yards he did last year. He wont have nearly as many first down catches and he will be lucky to get more then 6 touchdowns. Houston at this point has given up in their efforts to make Hopkins their go-to receiver. With Lamar Miller racking up the rushing yards, the Texans have become a run heavy team similar to the Arian Foster days. Hopkins will have a chance to redeem himself against a banged up San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The weak after that, DeAndre should be licking his chops at the fact that he will playing the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers secondary is one of the most talked about issues in the league right now. With a culture that has adapted to winning, Green Bay will not make it easy on DeAndre Hopkins and the Texans. The corner backs of the Packers will be an easy match up for Hopkins, making it much more of a possibility for the young star to once again have a break out game. Hopkins will score a touchdown or two in this game, and hopefully get back on track with his successful career.