In addition to their penchant for fashion and one-handed catches, DeAndre Hopkins and Odell Beckham, Jr. are actually quite similar. According to those who know both, it's no surprise that Hopkins and Beckham are at the top of their game these days.
Quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan has worked with both receivers in his career. Prior to joining the Texans, Ryan spent nine years (2007-15) with the Giants, coaching wide receivers for four seasons. He worked with Beckham during his first two seasons in the NFL. In his first season with the Texans, Ryan served as position coach to Hopkins before moving to quarterbacks last year.
"I think the commonalities of those two guys, just being explosive players, very good at what they do, body control stands out to me," Ryan said Thursday. "Certainly, their catch radius is a big part of what both of those guys can do and do well."
Through two games this season, Hopkins has caught 14 passes for 188 yards receiving and a touchdown. Beckham has recorded 162 yards receiving and 15 receptions.
In 2011, Tyrann Mathieu played alongside Beckham during the wideout's freshman season at Lousiana State University. The Texans starting safety sees a similar reaction from both when faced by opposing teams.
"I'd probably say DeAndre's a little bit taller and Odell's a little shorter," Mathieu said. "Like I said, they have the same kind of fire. I think both of our offenses ask those guys to do similar things. He's going to get doubled, both those guys are going to get doubled, triple teamed and somehow they still find a way to make plays."
Mathieu who practiced against Beckham as a college player, will face his former Tiger teammate for the first time in the NFL on Sunday. The Texans will face the New York Giants in their 2018 home opener at NRG Stadium. Kickoff is set for Sunday at 12 noon CT on FOX-26 and SportsRadio 610.