Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins says he is underrated best WR in NFL
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins wasn't shy on Friday about expressing where he thinks he stands among NFL wide receivers.
"I definitely feel like I'm underrated. I think I'm the best receiver in the NFL," Hopkins told reporters from Texans training camp in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. "Having guys ranked in front of me that I know that I'm better than, that's always going to drive me."
Hopkins had three more receiving touchdowns (13) than any other player in the league last year, earning his second Pro Bowl nod and first selection to the All-Pro first team. He also finished fourth in receiving yards (1,378) and sixth in receptions (96) while missing one game.
Hopkins was the third-ranked player in this year's edition of the NFL Top 100 and the 13th-ranked player overall. He ranked fifth and 19th, respectively, on the same list in 2016 after a monstrous 2015 campaign (111 catches, 1,521 yards, 11 touchdowns) but went unranked in 2017 after a quieter 2016 season.
Nearly a year after he became the NFL's highest-paid wideout at $16.2 million annually, Hopkins remains tied for the third-largest annual salary despite a wealth of extensions given to other receivers this offseason.
"I expect us to be the best duo in the NFL, honestly," he said. "That's my goal. I'm pretty sure that's his goal. If we have those goals for ourselves, that's going to help the team get to where we want to get to. But expectations, the sky is limit what that kid can do."
Hopkins racked up 24 catches for 402 yards and six touchdowns over the final four games he played with Watson last season before the QB tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Projecting those numbers over a 16-game season would yield 96 grabs for 1,608 yards and 24 scores.
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