DeAndre Hopkins: A.J. Bouye better cover me on third down because Jalen Ramsey can’t

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Cornerback A.J. Bouye jumped from the Texans to the Jaguars as a free agent this week, which means he’ll be seeing his former teammates twice during the 2017 season.

When the teams square off, Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins suggested that the Jaguars use Bouye to cover him on big plays because Jalen Ramsey, their other presumed starter, isn’t up to the task.

“I told A.J. if he goes to [Jacksonville] then he better be the dude guarding me on third down instead of Jalen because he couldn’t get the job done,” Hopkins said, via Alex Del Barrio of Sports Radio 610. “I love A.J., but hopefully he’s the one guarding me on third down to win the game next year for those guys. They might have a better chance.”

Ramsey has been a popular target for criticism from opposing receivers, but the numbers don’t bear out Hopkins’ assertion. He had 13 catches for 135 yards in two games against the Jaguars last year, which aren’t mind-boggling numbers by any stretch. His third down successes (a late conversion in the first game and a pass interference penalty drawn on Ramsey in the second) were balanced out by incompletions and a tackle by Ramsey short of the sticks as well as a fourth down pass to Hopkins in the end zone that Ramsey knocked away in the second matchup.

Any discussion of who covers Hopkins seems somewhat insignificant until the Texans know who will be throwing the ball to the wideout. While we know it won’t be Brock Osweiler, we don’t know if it will be Tom Savage (who replaced Osweiler in the second Jacksonville game), Tony Romo or someone else entirely at this point in the offseason. That will have a lot to do with Hopkins’ chances of success on any down.

18 responses to “DeAndre Hopkins: A.J. Bouye better cover me on third down because Jalen Ramsey can’t

  1. Love the bravado, however I’d be more worried about who is getting you the ball rather than who may be covering you. Based on last year my 2yo daughter could have covered you with Brock tossing ducks around.

  2. Ramsey must know how to get under WR’s skin bcuz it seems like a lot of them don’t like Ramsey. I think Hopkins should worry more about who’s throwing the rock than who’s covering him

  3. .
    Hopkins is just taking a page from the Belichick playbook :

    Rule #4 – Badmouthing your competitors always works.
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  4. Hopefully they let Bill O’Brien at least meet and interview any potential QB this time around.

  5. “He had 13 catches for 135 yards in two games against the Jaguars last year, which aren’t mind-boggling numbers by any stretch.”

    Thos are great numbers when Brock O is the QB.

  6. I see that my boy Ramsey is getting under people’s skin because he’s a stud. Hopkins watched the tape after those games. He knows what time it is. Something tells me the guy who just got paid will be the one getting all the work when people play them because Ramsy is goood.

  7. mrclutch5569 says:
    Ramsey must know how to get under WR’s skin bcuz it seems like a lot of them don’t like Ramsey.
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    I think Ramsey will be pretty good before all is said and done. But right now, perhaps wide receivers don’t like him because he talks and acts like he’s Deion Sanders, despite having done very little in his short NFL career so far.

  8. Better have a QB first before running you’re yap. Who is going to throw you the AJ Yates? You better pray for Romo. Actually, Romo is a better fit in Houston than Denver.

  9. LOL at the ‘He needs to worry about who is throwing him the ball’ folks. Did any of YOU see who he had throwing it to him the last couple of years? It’s not like it could get any worse. Or did you miss the addition by subtraction trade Houston just made with Cleveland?

  10. 6ball says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:12 PM
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    Hopkins is just taking a page from the Belichick playbook :

    Rule #4 – Badmouthing your competitors always works.
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    Not hardly. Belichick doesnt even have a rule 4. Rule 1 is ‘do your job’, Rule 2 is ‘say nothing’, and I dont believe there is a rule 3 either.

  11. maust1013 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:52 PM
    LOL at the ‘He needs to worry about who is throwing him the ball’ folks. Did any of YOU see who he had throwing it to him the last couple of years? It’s not like it could get any worse. Or did you miss the addition by subtraction trade Houston just made with Cleveland?

    Good point. Ramsey never really had to cover Hopkins either.

  12. Well isn’t that rich…a receiver who can’t separate talking trash about a rookie CB who ate his lunch last year.

    A.C. (Always Covered) Hopkins should shut up and worry about his own shortcomings.

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