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Texans’ Randall Cobb knows the pressure is on without DeAndre Hopkins

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Randall Cobb understands there is no replacing someone like DeAndre Hopkins. The former Houston Texans star wide receiver made First-Team All-Pro in three consecutive seasons before the Texans traded him to the Arizona Cardinals at the start of free agency.

Naturally, Cobb–whom the Texans signed to a three-year deal after trading Hopkins–knows he and the rest of Houston’s receiving corps will have to make collective gains in order to make up for the lost production (via Mark Lane of USA TODAY):

“I think obviously with DeAndre leaving, it’s going to be a lot of eyes on all three of us to step up and make some plays, and typically me because a lot of people are looking at me and coming in and being a replacement, even though me and DeAndre are two totally different types of receivers,” Cobb told the Houston media on a conference call on Friday. “I look forward to the challenge and coming in and showing what I can do.”

Cobb struggled during an injury-riddled campaign with the Green Bay Packers in 2018, but he responded with a big year for the Dallas Cowboys last season.

The 29-year-old had 83 catches for 828 yards and three touchdowns, averaging a career-high 15.1 yards per reception as Dallas’ slot receiver.

Cobb figures to earn a massive target share in Houston, who will need all of their receivers to stay healthy if they hope to have a strong passing game in 2020.

Will Fuller V is immensely talented, but he has not played more than 11 games in a season since 2017. Keke Coutee played in just nine games and frequently disappointed last year, but at least Kenny Stills showed glimpses in his 13 games with Houston.

Still, much of the burden will be on Cobb without Hopkins in the fold.