Tops in the NFL in receiving yards.
Tops in the NFL in first down catches.
Second in in the NFL in yards per game.
Second in the NFL in catches.
It is safe to say that DeAndre Hopkins is off to a MONSTER start.
Five weeks into the 2015 season, Hopkins finds himself among the league leaders in several receiving categories. The third-year wide out from Clemson had another big night in the team's 27-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and is rapidly approaching rarefied air in Texans franchise history. His 11 catches for 169 yards on Thursday was his first career game with 10-or-more receptions and his third straight 100-yard receiving game. That three-game streak is tied for second-longest in team history. Hopkins posted seven of those 11 receptions in the first half, which is tied for the fourth-most in the first half in franchise history.
Five games in, Hopkins has snagged 42 catches for 578 yards. Those totals are the most through five games of a season in Texans history. 81 percent (34 of 42) of his catches have resulted in first downs. Not only is he the Texans top target through the air, he's becoming the Texans main weapon to move the chains.
Even opposing players are noticing. Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson, who spent several seasons working alongside Hopkins here in Houston, commented on Hopkins ability. ""He's a great player, man. You hate to see him make it against your team, but I love the way he plays, I love the way he approaches the game."
While stats projections aren't ironclad, the numbers Hopkins are on pace to put up are staggering.
135 catches, 1849 yards.
That would put him not only in the Texans record books, but the NFL's as well. Whether he keeps up this pace or not, 'Nuk has become must see TV going forward.
In celebration of his 23rd birthday, take a look at the best 23 photos of DeAndre Hopkins' career as a Houston Texan.