In a season where you've had to squint really, really hard to see even the slightest of bright spots with the Houston Texans, undoubtedly the team and the fans have to be thrilled with the progression of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
In 2014, Hopkins followed up a solid 800-yard rookie season with a statement that he was ready to be a number one wide receiver for an NFL team with more than 1,200 yards and six touchdowns. Truth be told, given all the issues this team has offensively, the Texans probably would've been thrilled with similar production thus far this season. However, the truth is that Hopkins has actually elevated his game to another level entirely.
Through six games, Hopkins leads the NFL in receiving yards (726) and is second in catches (52), and has had one truly crazy helmet catch. He's on pace for nearly 2,000 yards receiving, all with a revolving door at quarterback and no truly scary receiving threat anywhere else on the roster. He's had several prolific games this season, but on Sunday it was nice to see him get his 10 receptions and 148 yards in the flow of a game that hung in the balance into the fourth quarter, as opposed to many of his other huge games, which came with the opposing defense's foot off the gas pedal.
As a result, on Wednesday morning, the NFL named Hopkins the AFC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance against Jacksonville on Sunday.
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In the category of "Totally Arbitrary But Impressive Benchmarks," Hopkins became the first player in NFL history with at least nine catches and 145 receiving yards in three consecutive games. He's put up his four straight 100-yard receiving games, tying Andre Johnson's Texans franchise record.
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Hopkins also leads the NFL in third-down receptions (15) and first downs (42), and his receptions and receiving yards totals through six games are ranked second in the NFL since 1960! And for more fodder in the "Andre Johnson, Your Records Are On Notice" category, through his first three seasons, Hopkins has posted the most receiving touchdowns and the second-most receptions and receiving yards in Texans franchise history, and he's tied the mark for the most 100-yard receiving games through as many seasons in team history.
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With a tip of the hat to the Texans PR staff, here are all the Player of the Week awards won by a Houston Texan in team history:
Player, Award, Week, Year
DeAndre Hopkins, Offensive, 6, 2015
Randy Bullock, Special Teams, 16, 2014
Ryan Fitzpatrick Offensive, 13, 2014
J.J. Watt, Defensive, 11, 2014
J.J. Watt, Defensive, 4, 2014
J.J. Watt, Defensive, 15, 2012
Matt Schaub, Offensive, 11, 2012
J.J. Watt, Defensive, 3, 2012
Arian Foster, Offensive, 7, 2011
Arian Foster, Offensive, 4, 2011
Glover Quin, Defensive, 12, 2010
Matt Schaub, Offensive, 6 2010
Andre Johnson, Offensive, 2, 2010
Arian Foster, Offensive, 1, 2010
Brian Cushing, Defensive, 8, 2009
Brian Cushing, Defensive, 6, 2009
Jacoby Jones, Special Teams, 4, 2009
Matt Schaub, Offensive, 2, 2009
Matt Schaub, Offensive, 14, 2008
Steve Slaton, Offensive, 13, 2008
Jacoby Jones, Special Teams, 8, 2008
Jacoby Jones, Special Teams, 6, 2008
André Davis, Special Teams, 14, 2007
Kris Brown, Special Teams, 5, 2007
Mario Williams, Defensive, 1, 2007
Kris Brown, Special Teams, 16, 2006
DeMeco Ryans, Defensive, 13, 2006
Andre Johnson, Offensive, 4, 2006
Jerome Mathis, Special Teams, 8, 2005
Kris Brown, Special Teams, 3, 2004
Chad Stanley, Special Teams, 9, 2003
Avion Black, Special Teams, 15, 2002
Aaron Glenn, Defensive, 14, 2002
I think the most alarming takeaways from this post should be that a) Randy Bullock won a Player of the Week Award in Week 16 of last season (or ever), and b) Matt Schaub was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week just two weeks before his career meltdown began in the New England Monday night game.
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