Eagles DC Jim Schwartz compares DeAndre Hopkins to Charles Barkley
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has his hands full against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Schwartz has a game plan for quarterback Deshaun Watson and his versatile style as well stopping running back Lamar Miller. However, Schwartz seems most worried about wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
According to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports, Schwartz had nothing but high praise for the Texans stud receiver.
“He has some rebounder-type skills in him,” Schwartz said. “Charles Barkley would lead the NBA in rebounds when he’s 6-3. Those guys that just have a knack for high point and a knack for knowing — but I think that sort of stands out the most.
“Be strong on defense. It’s like when I used to have Calvin Johnson, what do you tell the guy, get taller? Hey, jump higher.”
The Texans wideout is having yet another strong campaign in his young career and now that he has a reliable quarterback that allows him to make plays. Hopkins has had countless quarterbacks throwing him the ball, but the connection has been remarkable.
The veteran pass-catcher will undoubtedly have a 100-reception season considering he has 94 heading into Week 16. The former Clemson receiver has 1,321 yards as well as 11 receiving touchdowns and is on his way to possibly another All-Pro season.
Hopkins is a huge part of the Texans success, and after a 0-3 start to the season the Texans now sit at the top of the AFC South at 10-4. They’ll pose a tough challenge for the Eagles.