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Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins’ ranking among top NFL wide receivers

Brandon Gimpel

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Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had perhaps one of his finest seasons in his career.  With the 2018 season right around the corner, where should he be ranked among the NFL’s top wide receivers?  Take a look at what I have to say about this.

Houston Texans fans — DeAndre Hopkins cemented his place in top tier of receivers in the NFL last season. He racked up a total of 96 receptions and 1,378 yards throughout the course and was selected first team all-pro. He finished fourth in receiving yards and Hopkins also led the league in touchdown receptions with 13, even though Deshaun Watson only appeared in seven games.

He has a very impressive catch radius and sure hands. He is consistent week in and out even though opposing secondaries know he is the team’s topr target and Houston’s best offensive weapon. He is also an extremely good route runner, has great footwork and really emphasizes crisp cuts in his routes. Watson will come back at the beginning of this season 100 percent healthy and if he can stay on the field, there is potential that Hopkins can duplicate, if not top, the season he had last year.

I believe Hopkins is the second best receiver in the league behind Antonio Brown. This may have to do with the fact that Brown has been blessed to play with a Hall of Fame quarterback his entire career but the eye test will also prove that Brown is an extremely talented receiver. I put Hopkins one spot ahead of Julio Jones because I believe Hopkins is more consistent.  Jones is an athletic freak who will catch virtually anything thrown his way but he is prone to having games of marginal production.

I can also assert that Odell Beckham Jr. ranks 4th on this list because of his ability to stay on the field will be in question and he is also a bit of a hot head. He is an emotional and passionate player but this passion can sometimes be costly for his team.

In my opinion, the 5th best receiver in the league is Keenan Allen. It was a toss up between Allen and A.J. Green at first but the more I thought about it, I believe Allen has surpassed Green as a top-notch receiver in this league.

So to recap, here’s my Top 5:

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. DeAndre Hopkins
  3. Julio Jones
  4. Odell Beckham, Jr.
  5. Keenan Allen

Where do you all think Hopkins ranks among receivers in the NFL? Do you agree with my list?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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My name is Brandon Gimpel I’m a student at Florida State University. After I graduate from school, I plan on pursuing a career in sports journalism. When I'm not in Tallahassee for school, I live in south Florida where I grew up. I've played football for 12 years and have coached for 3 years and with my experience around the game, I have some perspective that may differ from other writers. I’m an avid follower of the NFL but I'm also a fan of college football and the NBA. Outside sports I enjoy fishing, going to the gym, and golfing. Follow me on Twitter @BrandonGimpel

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Houston Texans: Rob and Brian’s final sign-off from Locked on Texans

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Brian and Robert say goodbye to Locked on Texans.  After 540 episodes, we bid a tearful farewell to Houston Texans faithful, reminisce about our tenure and share some final thoughts on the Houston Texans future.

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Houston Texans: The best free agents to target in the 2019 off season

Joseph Esquivel-Murphy

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The Houston Texans off season is here and there’s a lot of work to do to prep this team for 2019. Who are the top free agents that the team should go after? Let’s take a look at the players who would make an impact.

The Houston Texans were one of the NFL’s better success stories this season after starting the season 0-3. J.J. Watt returned as one of the league’s most dominant defensive players, while free agent signee Tyrann Mathieu was a playmaker at the safety position. Third-round pick Justin Reid was one of the league’s best rookies and a starter in the Texans’ secondary for years to come.

DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson maintained their solid connection from last year as the former was named to his second consecutive first team All-Pro. Despite being sacked a league high 62 times, Watson passed for 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns as he led the Texans to a 11-5 record and the AFC South division title. Lamar Miller was only 27 yards from his third 1,000+ yard season, despite missing two games because of injuries.

While the offense did put up strong numbers, the offensive line was a liability throughout the season as Watson was constantly under pressure, while Miller and the rest of the Texan running backs had few running lanes. Right tackle Seantrel Henderson was signed to fix those problems but he broke his ankle in the season opener and did not play for the rest of the season. He is a free agent now and so is Kendall Lamm, the man who replaced Henderson on the offensive line.

Julie’n Davenport struggled at left tackle and Martinas Rankin has not shown enough to yet to be a contributor on the offensive line. While Jadeveon Clowney and Mathieu are both free agents who need to be brought back, improving the offensive line is the team’s biggest priority in the off season. The Texans need to address the offensive line in both free agency and the draft as the unit struggled to protect Watson.

In regard to bringing in help via free agency, Daryl Williams missed most of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury but he was a second team All-Pro in 2017 and is the top tackle available.

His value might not as high because of the shoulder injury but Williams is one of the league’s better tackles and the Texans need to get him in free agency to bolster their offensive line. Williams is a mauler that should help create running lanes for Miller, while keeping Watson upright in the pocket. If the Texans are unable to sign him, Ja’Wuan James and Roger Saffold are the next best offensive linemen available in free agency and both players should be targeted by the Texans.

An upgrade in the secondary is also needed as Shareece Wright struggled in coverage, while Kayvon Webster and Aaron Colvin battled to stay healthy. Kareem Jackson had a great year for the Texans but is another Texans’ free agent that has to be re-signed.

Ronald Darby and Lamarcus Joyner are the best players available in free agency that can cover receivers in the slot and both players should be targeted by Bill O’Brien.

The Texans need to address their own free agents first as Clowney, Mathieu and Jackson were all vital parts to the team’s success in 2018.

What do you think?  Feel free to comment in the section below.

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Houston Texans: Identifying the team’s most glaring weaknesses

Brian K. Patterson

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What are the Houston Texans biggest weaknesses going into the 2019 off season?  Rob and Brian bring on State of the Texans’ BigRon to discuss what needs to be done to fix a team that has tons of potential to be dominant.  What’s the best way to improve the offensive line?  Is Julién Davenport still worth developing and what should we expect to see in additional development?

How about the thought of shifting Greg Mancz to center and Nick Martin to guard?  The trio also discusses the future of Whitney Mercilus on the roster as well as certain defensive lineman not getting enough playing time.  What else?  Take a listen to find out more!

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Houston Texans: Le’Veon Bell and plethora of free agent running backs

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What’s the best way for the Houston Texans to fix the running backs position for the 2019 season?  They certainly can do better than bringing back Alfred Blue.  Rob and Brian talk about what the team needs to do and gives their top free agent running backs to help this offense flourish.  Is bringing in Le’Veon Bell a possibility?  Can the Houston Texans get the back they want in this season’s draft?

The duo discusses that plus gives their thoughts of Indianapolis Colts’ firing offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and the interesting back story that likely factored into the move.  Plus, Gary Kubiak finds a new job in the NFL.   What else?  Take a listen to find out more!

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