Steve Smith calls out Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins not given enough respect (Video)
Through the first five seasons of his career, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has developed into one of the league’s most productive offensive talents.
However, there hasn’t been an overwhelming amount of attention through his way for what he brings to the table on a weekly basis. This is something that former star wideout Steve Smith voiced on an appearance on NFL Network’s ‘Good Morning Football” on Thursday, stating that he believes Hopkins is vastly overlooked.
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“A guy who I don’t think gets enough love and respect (is) DeAndre Hopkins. In his career, he has played with like 15 different quarterbacks but yet he finally now has a franchise quarterback with Deshaun Watson. He has played with Tom Savage, Brian Hoyer, and Matt Schaub. He’s played with some many different quarterbacks that not really considered elite until a guy who is on the cusp (in) Deshaun Watson.”
There is much credence to Smith’s given that it’s been nothing short of a merry-go-round at quarterback over the last few seasons since the team moving of from Matt Schaub. Despite that, Hopkins has remained productive at an elite level regardless of who is under center for the Texans.
This was the case this past season after Watson went down with a season-ending ACL tear after seven games played as he finished with 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 may not get the public recognition that he deserves, but his play doesn’t go unnoticed by his current and former peers. With Watson expected to be back in the fold for the 2018 season, it could see all that change with the two-time Pro Bowler finally get the shine he has earned.