There are many types of "open" for DeAndre Hopkins.
He's often open with defenders draped all over him.
He's frequently open with a foot or so of space.
His pair of touchdown catches were totally different in Thursday night's 20-17 win over the Colts. His first saw him wide open, without a defender within 10 yards. His second was a beauty, as he stretched out and was parallel to the turf, pulling in a Deshaun Watson pass. According to Watson, it was Hopkins who alerted his quarterback before the snap to throw it his way.
"He did a hell of a job to come down with those two touchdowns," Watson said. "And I mean you got to give him that credit. He basically checked to those plays and I was on the same page with him and we came down with the touchdowns."
Hopkins, who finished with six catches for 94 yards, caught his first scoring strike late in the second quarter. All by his lonesome in the end zone on the right side, he gathered in a Watson pass, and the Texans were up 10-7 with 1:53 left in the half after the Ka'imi Fairbairn extra point.
It capped a drive that went 75 yards in seven plays, and burned 2:35 off the clock.
"We saw the safety down on the first play," Hopkins said. "We knew we can get on top of him and he put the ball only where I could get it."
The duo linked up again early in the fourth quarter, as Watson floated one up the left side for Hopkins. He pulled it in, and in the process, gave the Texans the go-ahead and deciding score of the contest.
"It was man coverage and we knew that, he gave me the signal what the corner was, his leverage was, and we checked to that play and the safety sat on the hash and I gave him a catchable ball and he ran underneath it and caught it," Watson said.
Will Fuller V, who finished with 140 receiving yards, described what he did when he saw the Hopkins catch.
"I just walked over to him and I said: 'I'm not even going to celebrate, because that's what I expect,'" Fuller said. "Hop's the best receiver in the game."
The Watson-to-Hopkins combination has now yielded 24 touchdowns over 34 career games together. It was also the 31st career receiving touchdown for Hopkins at NRG Stadium, which is second-most by a player at home since 2013. Antonio Brown has 44 in that span and is the leader.
Hopkins now has six touchdown catches this season and 53 in his career.
Houston Texans Fans come out to NRG Stadium for the eleventh game of the 2019 NFL season against the Colts.