The Texans drafted wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to take some pressure off Andre Johnson in their passing game and the first month of the season has made them look smart for doing so.
Hopkins finished the first month of the season with 20 catches for 270 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers are good enough to put Hopkins ahead of all the other rookies in the league in receiving yards and total yards from scrimmage while leaving him in a tie for the most catches. They are the second-most yards and catches of any Texans rookie through his first four games, trailing only Johnson.
Hopkins’ biggest day came in Week Two when he became the youngest player in NFL history to catch a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime. It was also the first 100-yard receiving game for any Texans wideout other than Johnson since the 2010 season, underscoring the reason why Hopkins is in Houston in the first place.
He’s the first Texan to take home rookie honors since linebacker Brian Cushing in 2009 and joins running backs Domanick Williams and Steve Slaton as the only offensive winners in team history.