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Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins becomes second-youngest player in NFL history to reach 500 career receptions

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Houston Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins caught three passes in the first quarter Saturday against the New York Jets. That third reception was the 500th of his career, which means he is now the second-youngest player in NFL history to reach 500 catches.

At the end of the Texans’ second offensive possession, which had gone into the second quarter, Hopkins had already grabbed four catches for 63 yards.

He picked up his 500th reception on an 11-yard completion from quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Hopkins is s the second-fastest player ever to reach 500 receptions at 26 years and 192 days old. NFL legend Larry Fitzgerald was the youngest at 26 years old and 89 days, and before that Randy Moss was 26 years old and 299 days.

Hopkins has proven himself to be an elite NFL wide receiver since being drafted in the first round by the Texans in 2013. Since then, he has had 4 seasons with at least 1,000-plus receiving yards, 75 receptions, and six touchdown catches. He led the NFL in touchdowns for wide receivers with 13 in the 2017-18 season.

The Texans this season are 9-4 coming into Saturday’s game against the Jets. Coach Bill O’Brien has led the team to first overall in the AFC West Division. After losing their first three games, the Texans went on an unprecedented 9-game winning streak. They average 24.8 points scored per game, ranking 11th in the NFL. They only allow 19.8 points per game, making them the 5th most potent defense in the NFL.

The Texans face off in Philadelphia in Week 16 against the Eagles to continue to fight for their playoff and divisional position.