DeAndre Hopkins
DeAndre Hopkins
26-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Houston Texans
Injury Shoulder - AC Joint
2018 Fantasy Outlook
As great as Antonio Brown's season was, Hopkins' was arguably more impressive, given the positively barbaric QB play he endured for more than half the year - eight games of Tom Savage and 73 attempts from T.J. Yates. Even so, Hopkins reeled in 13 touchdowns in 15 games on a league-leading 174 targets. His per-play averages - 7.9 YPT (15th among 100-target WR) and 14.4 YPC (10th) - were nothing special, but keep in mind he should have a healthy Deshaun Watson this year. During the six full games the duo suited up together, Hopkins posted a 38-551-6 stat line on 60 targets, which prorates to 101 catches on 160 targets for 1,469 yards and 16 TDs over 16 games. He also improved his per-target to 9.2 and his per-catch to 14.5 playing with Watson, though Hopkins' efficiency marks were at least decent no matter who was under center. At 6-1, 215, and with a 4.46 40 during his pro day, Hopkins has good size and the speed to get separation, but he's not a freak in the Julio Jones or Mike Evans mold. Instead, Hopkins excels by making the seemingly impossible catch even when he's well covered and getting his toes down in bounds when there's barely an inch of room on the sidelines. In short, his focus, concentration and ball skills allowed him to transcend some of the league's worst QB play, and in 2018 his situation should improve materially. The emergence of speedster Will Fuller could cut into some of Hopkins' downfield looks, but Fuller is the perfect complement - a small, modest-volume deep threat to occupy the defense but never threaten Hopkins' status as the team's undisputed No. 1. Hopkins missed Week 17 and the Pro Bowl with a calf injury, but he made a full recovery for offseason activities. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $81 million contract with the Texans in September of 2017.
Not worried about shoulder
WRHouston Texans
Shoulder - AC Joint
February 11, 2019
Hopkins (shoulder) isn't worried about his health and says he's excited to work with new offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports. "Oh man, I'm good," Hopkins said. "I got a long time until our next game, so I'll be fine."
Hopkins was listed on every injury report after Week 1 in 2018, but he never came close to missing any games despite dealing with thumb, ankle, foot and hamstring injuries. He then hurt the AC joint in his right shoulder during a playoff loss to the Colts, referring to the injury as a Grade 3 sprain after the game. It isn't entirely clear the initial diagnosis was accurate, as Hopkins' ability to continue playing might be taken as a hint that he actually suffered a Grade 2 sprain. In any case, it was probably an easy decision to withdraw from the Pro Bowl and focus on getting healthy before the Texans start their offseason program in mid-April. The team will have an offensive coordinator for the first time since 2016, with Kelly getting a promotion after coaching tight ends last season. Head coach Bill O'Brien still figures to run the show on offense and call plays.
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How do DeAndre Hopkins' 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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% Team Air Yards
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Avg Depth of Target
11.5 Yds
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do DeAndre Hopkins' measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The Cone Drill metric is from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
6' 1"
212 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.57 sec
Shuttle Time
4.50 sec
Cone Drill*
6.83 sec
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
Broad Jump
115 in
Bench Press
15 reps
Hand Length
10.00 in
Arm Length
33.38 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Allen Robinson of the Texans, Hopkins was the other peak-age receiver to experience a surprising and precipitous drop from 2015. In Hopkins' case it's more comprehensible -- the switch to quarterback Brock Osweiler was a major headwind, and unlike Robinson, Hopkins' 2015 numbers were mostly volume (192 targets) rather than efficiency (7.9 YPT) driven. Still, the depths to which Hopkins sunk (6.3 YPT, 37th) were surprising. On 151 targets, he managed only 10 catches of 20-plus yards. The Texans rarely used Hopkins in the red zone last year (only 11 looks, down from 29 in 2015.) At 6-1, 215 and with a 4.46 40 at his pro day, Hopkins has good size and speed, but is hardly a physical freak in the mode of Julio Jones or even Robinson. Hopkins makes his living on route running, quickness, ball skills and reliable hands. As such, he doesn't seem the type to transcend terrible QB play. Anyone the Texans put under center this season would be an upgrade from Osweiler's abhorrent play (5.8 YPA, 16 INT), but it might not be a big one. At press time, coach Bill O'Brien named untested Tom Savage the starter, and while DeShaun Watson will likely overtake him at some point, it's unwise to expect even league-average play from Watson as a rookie. On the bright side, Hopkins is still a good bet to be among the league leaders in targets.
Finally decoupled from Andre Johnson's decomposing carcass last season, Hopkins quickly established himself as one of the NFL's superstar receivers. While Hopkins' efficiency (13.7 YPC, 7.9 YPT) was pedestrian, he handled 193 targets from Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden. (The season before, with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Hopkins posted an elite 9.5 YPT and 15.9 YPC.) Nonetheless, massive volume toward a talent like Hopkins will pay the bills - he scored 11 times on a league-leading 29 red-zone targets, and he was third in yards and catches behind only Julio Jones and Antonio Brown. At 6-1, 207, Hopkins has decent size, and his sluggish 4.57 40 at the Combine isn't indicative of his game speed (he ran a 4.41 and 4.46 at his pro day.) Hopkins is also a strong route runner and has a 36-inch vertical leap, great ball skills, good quickness and sure hands. Hopkins is likely to shed a few targets to new arrivals, running back Lamar Miller and wide receiver Will Fuller, the 21st overall pick. But with Brock Osweiler replacing the substandard signal-callers with whom he had to work, expect Hopkins' efficiency to trend back toward 2014 levels. Fuller's ability to stretch the field should also help keep opposing safeties honest, pushing Hopkins' per-play output in a positive direction.
Year 2 is when receivers typically break out, and Hopkins did his part to reinforce that notion last season. Despite seeing 20 fewer targets than teammate Andre Johnson, Hopkins had 274 more yards and three more touchdowns than the likely Hall of Famer, thanks to robust 15.9 YPC (2nd) and 9.5 YPT (8th) averages. Johnson signed with the Colts this offseason, leaving Hopkins as the Texans' unquestioned No. 1 target. At 6-1, 207, Hopkins has decent size and makes up for a lack of elite speed (4.57 40) with route running, ball skills, quickness and athleticism. Of some concern is the unsettled quarterback situation — at press time it's a competition between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. But while Hoyer is a low-end option, Mallett is an unknown with possible upside, and in any event, Hopkins was paired with journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick during last year's breakout. While Hopkins struck for more than his share of big plays last year — 20 catches of at least 20 yards (T-8th), six of 40-plus (T-4th) — he was rarely used in the red zone (only 13 targets, T-31st). Johnson, however, was tied for sixth in red-zone and inside-the-10 looks, and his departure should open scoring opportunities for Hopkins. The Texans did sign Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington and drafted 6-2, 217-pound Jaelen Strong in the third round to replace Johnson, but Shorts has struggled to stay healthy, Washington's a journeyman on the down side of his career and Strong is more likely to make only a modest impact as a rookie. Hopkins also underwent surgery on his right wrist in February, but should be healthy entering training camp.
Hopkins had an odd rookie year – he actually became less relevant as the season wore on. Usually, it’s the other way around, especially for a first-round pick. His disappearance coincided with Case Keenum taking over the starting job from Matt Schaub as Keenum locked in on Andre Johnson almost exclusively for eight games. Fortunately for Hopkins, the Texans brought in veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick who at press time is the favorite to start as the Texans did not draft a quarterback until the end of the fourth round. At 6-1, 207 and with good ball skills, quickness and athleticism, Hopkins is a downfield weapon even though his timed speed (4.57 40) was on the slow side. Even with the quarterback disaster in Houston last year, he averaged 8.8 YPT and 15.4 YPC. Things are looking up for Hopkins in Year 2. Run-first head coach Gary Kubiak is gone, and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien takes his place. Johnson also skipped team OTA’s and wondered aloud whether the Texans were the right fit for him. While it’s likely Johnson reports before too long, were he to be traded, Hopkins’ would see a big uptick in targets.
Of all the rookie receivers, it's possible Hopkins, the Texans' first-round pick, steps into the most ideal situation. For starters, he's got an excellent chance to start opposite Andre Johnson from Week 1, as there isn't anyone with a track record or pedigree with whom to compete. Second, he's working with Matt Schaub, an above-average veteran quarterback near the peak of his game. Third, Johnson has been injury prone the last several seasons, so Hopkins could see at least a few games as the team's top target. At 6-1, 200 and with excellent quickness, ball skills and eye-hand coordination, Hopkins is athletic and polished. He's not a pure burner, but he has the burst in short spaces to create separation and make plays down the field. The biggest negative is the Texans' strong run-first tendency near the goal line – even the great Andre Johnson has never had a season with double-digit scores.
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Withdraws from Pro Bowl
WRHouston Texans
Shoulder - AC Joint
January 16, 2019
Hopkins decided to withdraw from the Pro Bowl on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, Pat McManamon of reports.
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Plays through AC joint sprain
WRHouston Texans
Shoulder - AC Joint
January 5, 2019
Hopkins said he suffered a Grade 3 AC joint sprain in his right shoulder during Saturday's 21-7 loss to the Colts, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
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Good to go for wild-card game
WRHouston Texans
January 3, 2019
Despite being a limited participant again Thursday, Hopkins (ankle) does not carry an injury tag into Saturday's wild-card game against the Colts.
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Listed as limited, per usual
WRHouston Texans
January 2, 2019
Hopkins (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Starts week limited
WRHouston Texans
January 1, 2019
Hopkins (ankle) is listed as a limited participant on the Tuesday injury report.
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