Texans QB Deshaun Watson talks about his chemistry with DeAndre Hopkins
In his first season in the NFL, Houston Texans, quarterback Deshaun Watson took the league by storm with his stellar play on the field. He quickly emerged as a rising star at the position with plenty of potential to be a huge factor with his arm for the next decade.
A major part of that promising outlook is his immediate connection with star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, as the two formed a dynamic tandem in the passing game during their brief time together in 2017. Watson recently spoke highly of his talented wide receiver, giving him praise for helping pull the most out of him on the field, according to Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News.
Hopkins played a huge part in Watson’s hot start to the season. Over the first seven games, he threw for 1,699 yards while setting the rookie franchise-record with 19 touchdown passes, which were tied for the most in the NFL at the time before an ACL tear in practice ended his campaign. This stretch included a huge performance in his final game before the injury in a tough 41-38 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, where he had career-best 402 passing yards and four passing touchdowns.
Hopkins was the primary target (per usual) in the passing game that day, making eight catches for 224 receiving yards and a touchdown. Despite the loss of Watson, the Pro Bowl wideout showed his immense talent by finishing up with a stellar season, finishing sixth with 96 receptions, fourth with 1,378 receiving yards, first with 13 receiving touchdowns, and second in receiving yards per game (91.9).
With Watson progressing well in his recovery from a torn ACL, it should bode well for both he and Hopkins as they build on their success from last season to help possibly lead the Texans back to the playoffs. The future is bright for the franchise with these two leading the charge offensively.