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Best of Houston® 2019: Best Texan

DeAndre Hopkins is the best football player on the Houston Texans.
DeAndre Hopkins is the best football player on the Houston Texans. Photo by Eric Sauseda
Best Texan: DeAndre Hopkins

Identifying the best player on the Houston Texans, for many years, was a fairly routine process, largely because
there weren't many guys from which to choose. For the first decade or so of the franchise's existence, just pencil in Andre Johnson, and from about 2012 on, if you could spell "J.J. Watt," you were good to go. These are different, much better times. There's a lot of talent on this team, lots of guys who are good at their jobs. However, no Houston Texan has been more consistently great, and more consistently available (health matters!), than wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Prior to the 2017 season, Hopkins inked a new market-setting contract and he's earning every penny. In 2017, he was a rare bright spot on that 4-12 squad, garnering first team All Pro honors for the first time in his career.

The 2018 season has been littered with game-deciding highlights courtesy of Hopkins' other worldly play-making abilities. The most memorable moment was certainly Hopkins' 49-yard catch-and-run against the Dallas Cowboys, setting up the winning field goal with a couple of mind-blowing spin moves on the run. DeAndre Hopkins has progressed from a mere highlight machine to one of the best technicians in football, the best receiver in the game, and the best football player on the Houston Texans.

Readers' Choice: J.J. Watt
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