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Texans star wideout DeAndre Hopkins feels he’s ‘underrated’

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In the last few seasons, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has established himself as one of the most productive players in the NFL at his position.

However, this hasn’t exactly equated to much national recognition as being one of the top receivers in the league. This has led Hopkins to voice that he believes he is underrated while also holding that he is the best player in the NFL, according to Sarah Barshop of ESPN.

“I definitely feel like I’m underrated. I think I’m the best receiver in the NFL,” the Houston Texans’ star wideout said. “Having guys ranked in front of me that I know that I’m better than, that’s always going to drive me.”

Hopkins has certainly made a strong case for being in the conversation for being considered about the best wide receivers in the league while his talents have been a bit unappreciated. In his first five years in the league, has put up some of the best numbers at his position that have firmly put him high regard from his peers.

He is coming off one of his best campaigns this year by hauling in 96 catches for 1,378 yards and a league-best 13 receiving touchdowns. This included five 100-receiving yard performances, highlighted by an eight-catch, 224-yard outing against the Seattle Seahawks. He finished the season sixth in receptions, fourth in receiving yards, and second in receiving yards per game (91.9). Hopkins has recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards three times in first five seasons, which he had at least 1,200 receiving yards in each of those campaigns.

What has been equally as impressive is that he has been able to produce at an elite level with numerous quarterbacks under center that saw it be the case last year after rookie Deshaun Watson went down with an ACL tear. However, there appears to be a special bond that he and Watson share that could see him put up possibly the most productive campaign of his career and finally get him the national recognition that his talent deserves.