Hopkins stands tall to keep troubled Texans afloat

Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:51am EST
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(Reuters) - In a campaign plagued by changing quarterbacks and critical injuries, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has remained a constant for the Houston Texans, emerging as one of the top catchers in the NFL.

With his flowing hair and highlight reel grabs, the third-year Hopkins has single-handedly kept the Houston offense afloat during a tumultuous season.

Hopkins once again worked his magic on Monday when he sparked the Texans to a 10-6 upset victory over the previously undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.

After Houston lost their starting quarterback Brian Hoyer to a potential concussion in the third quarter, Hopkins caught a one-handed touchdown pass from backup T.J. Yates to put his team ahead for good.

"Unbelievable catch," Texans defensive end J.J. Watt told reporters of Hopkins' acrobatic leap and left-handed grab.

"(Hopkins is) having a heck of a year. I don't think people give him enough credit for what he's been doing. But he's an incredible receiver." Hopkins' catch was just the latest of his aerial show as he has made a habit of spectacular leaping grabs and once caught a pass off his helmet earlier this year.

The 23-year-old has also recorded TD receptions from three different quarterbacks during a Texans campaign that has had uncertainty at the QB position.

Four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster has also been a big loss for Houston after he played in just four games before a season-ending injury.

But Hopkins has carried the load with 71 catches for 920 yards and seven touchdowns through just nine games.   Continued...

Nov 16, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) looks on as he walks off the field after the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Texans won 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports