DeAndre Hopkins cares not for excuses.
Four different quarterbacks started a game for the Texans in 2015, and three additional players attempted at least one pass. Jiggled continuity at that spot might've hindered some pass catchers.
"They're in the NFL for a reason," Hopkins said. "So that's not an excuse for any wide receiver to say I'm not successful or I'm doing something wrong because your quarterback situation."
The third-year pro hauled in a franchise record 11 touchdowns this year, and finished with 111 catches for 1,521 yards. Many of those grabs were one-handed, and he dropped jaws while never batting an eye over who threw him the ball.
"It says a lot about DeAndre," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "It says a lot about his ability to work with different quarterbacks. It says a lot about the quarterbacks that they know that he's a guy for us that's been consistent and dependable and a play maker for us."
Hopkins caught a touchdown pass from Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden. He also had a 100-yard receiving game with each of that quartet, and he's the only wideout in NFL history to do so.
In late December, Hopkins was selected for his first Pro Bowl. He's garnered quite a bit of attention off
the field, as well as on the field from opposing secondaries. Nevertheless, he's still been able to rack up big numbers and make plays.
"The biggest thing for me that stands out about Hop is even with the double teams that he still gets, we still find ways to get him the ball, and he still fights through it," quarterback Brian Hoyer said. "He's been great about that. Obviously, he's had a great year."
Hopkins though, is very quick to deflect credit back to the quarterbacks who threw him the ball, and the folks who brought them to town.
"You've got to give credit to our staff here bringing guys in that can come in and learn this offense fast, and guys that have a good IQ, football IQ, because no quarterback that's been here I would complain about, honestly," Hopkins said.
The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 4/16/2021)