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ESPN predicts Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ 2019 season

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We know that Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is one of the best pass-catchers in football, but will he be able to ever match his monster 2018 campaign in which he hauled in 115 receptions for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns.

At the very least, ESPN feels he will come close, as they are projecting Hopkins to catch 102 passes for 1,384 yards and nine scores in 2019, which should put him in line for another Pro Bowl appearance and perhaps a third straight First-Team All-Pro selection.

Hopkins, who played his collegiate football at Clemson University, was originally selected by the Texans in the first round (27th pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He went on to play in all 16 games during his rookie campaign, snaring 52 balls for 802 yards while reaching the end zone a couple of times. Then, the following year, Hopkins registered 76 catches for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns.

The 26-year-old then made his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2015, finishing with 111 receptions for 1,521 yards and 11 scores. After a relatively disappointing 2016 season, Hopkins has gone on to make back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances along with a pair of First-Team All-Pro selections in 2017 and 2018, officially stamping his name among the best wide outs in the NFL.

Meanwhile, the Texans are coming off of a 2018 campaign in which they won 11 games and captured the AFC South division title, marking their third division crown in four seasons. They then went on to lose to the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.

Houston has yet to make it past the Divisional Round since becoming an NFL franchise in 2002.