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Hopkins thinks he was benched because of one play

DeAndre Hopkins, Bill Kollar AP

Even though Texans coach Gary Kubiak said he benched rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for “a lot of mistakes” early in last week’s loss to the Raiders, Hopkins had a different view.

“It was one route that I messed up on,” Hopkins said, via Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. “I guess I didn’t have that much room to mess up on, so one play got me benched.”

Hopkins returned to the game, and played 46 of the team’s 73 offensive snaps. But he caught just one pass for 7 yards. For the season, he has 38 catches for 546 yards and two scores.

“I wasn’t too happy because I’m a competitive person,” he said. “I like to be out on the field. It wasn’t a happy feeling.”

The Texans had, and presumably still have, high hopes for this year’s first-round pick, who has started opposite Andre Johnson since his arrival.

But whether it’s for one play or several (and you’d think Kubiak or a position coach would make that clear to him at some point), getting the message through to him that he’s accountable is something they’re clearly trying to establish.

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11 Responses to “Hopkins thinks he was benched because of one play”
  1. ccjcsr says: Nov 22, 2013 8:19 AM

    The only thing that matters is are the Texans taking Manziel with the second pick of the 2014 NFL draft.

    #seasonsover

  2. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 22, 2013 8:22 AM

    It could have been “a lot of mistakes” in general – not just that game. If you’re a coach, and you see a player making the kinds of mistakes that show discipline to the craft throughout the course of a SEASON, and all it might take is one more inexcusable botch job – to yank the guy.

    The larger concern here, is Hopkins’ trying to minimize the importance of his own mistakes and failures. If I’m Houston fan, that would be my primary concern with this.

    It’s bad enough to make an inexcusable amount of mistakes, but it’s way worse for that player to brush off those mistakes and in essence, blame the coaches for making a big deal out of it.

  3. v2the4 says: Nov 22, 2013 8:22 AM

    its the idiot aggie that you play for who is screwing things up..cant wait till that dude, Kubiak, is run out of town

  4. banlarson says: Nov 22, 2013 8:29 AM

    Don’t worry about it DeAndre, Mr. Kubiak and the rest of his staff won’t have much say come the end o the season.

  5. bstras2809 says: Nov 22, 2013 8:33 AM

    Nuk’s a good kid and he’ll come around.

  6. Chris Henry's Wild Ride says: Nov 22, 2013 8:40 AM

    If they are going to treat a rookie like that, why does Matt Schaub still have a job?

  7. nfl4days says: Nov 22, 2013 8:47 AM

    I would be less likely to believe him if kubiak hadn’t pulled Keemun for Schaub because………??

  8. dublindemonszfl says: Nov 22, 2013 8:57 AM

    Not just one play, it is also because the packers are a terrible team. Go Texans!

  9. puckthefatriots says: Nov 22, 2013 9:03 AM

    Shut up rookie.

  10. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Nov 22, 2013 9:34 AM

    nuke, sorry you landed in such a terrible spot!

  11. qdog112 says: Nov 22, 2013 10:07 AM

    The misuse of Hopkins all year just underscores the dysfunctional nature of the Texans organization. They are lost.Hopkins should have 70 catches. They simply don’t throw to him. They look for Johnson or the TE, period.

    There’s a reason they are 2-8 or is it 2-9. JJ Watt that…!!!

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