Video: NFL.com releases DeAndre Hopkins’ top 10 plays from 2018
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has long been considered one of the elite players at his position. However, he managed to establish himself as the best wideout in the game following a spectacular 2018 NFL season.
It is no secret that Hopkins has a knack for making seemingly impossible catches look easy. The NFL provided proof of this notion with 10 of his best plays from the season,via Twitter:
— NFL (@NFL) January 8, 2019
It is easy to see why the argument can easily be made for Hopkins as the best wide receiver in the NFL. He possesses all the physical qualities of a No. 1 wideout in terms of size and speed. More importantly, his balance and hand-eye coordination are second to none as evidenced by the video. This rare combination makes him one of the most dangerous weapons in the league.
The only thing more spectacular than his catches are the numbers he managed to put up over the last several years despite not having a legitimate franchise quarterback until this season. The difference certainly showed after he finished the 2018 campaign with career-highs in receptions (115) and yards (1,572) to go with 11 touchdowns. This is also the fourth time in five seasons he has managed to eclipse 1,000.
Of course, the season did not end how Hopkins had hoped. Not only did Houston come up short versus the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Round, but he also suffered a serious shoulder sprain that could potentially cause him to miss the Pro Bowl. Fortunately, he can take solace in the fact that he is now firmly in the discussion for best wideouts in the game.