Through his first several seasons in the league, DeAndre Hopkins has established himself as one of the top wide receivers in the league. He has carved his lane as a uniquely talented player that is oftentimes overlooked. Hopkins continued elite production has also earned him plenty of praise from his peers along the way. That list includes former All-Pro wideout and teammate Andre Johnson, who recently showered the Clemson product with some high praise concerning his catching ability.
DeAndre Hopkins’ NFL career
The 27-year-old has earned strong admiration and respect as being one of the best wide receivers in the game.
Hopkins has continued to prove it every year that has seen him already through his first seven seasons. During that, he has tallied five seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards and three with more than 100 receptions, and three with double-digit touchdown totals. Hopkins has taken that up a notch over the last three years as he has earned a Pro Bowl selection and a First-Team All-Pro nod in each campaign. That includes setting career highs with 115 catches and 1,572 receiving yards in the 2018 campaign that included zero dropped passes.
He has also become the second-youngest player to notch 600 receptions behind only Fitzgerald while he also has the most catches through the first six seasons. He’s also the third-youngest player to reach 8,000 receiving yards and is the first player to have at least nine catches and 145 receiving yards in three straight games.
Despite his statistical dominance, Hopkins is still widely overlooked in the conversation for the best wideouts in the league. That is certainly not the case from one of his former teammates.
Andre Johnson has huge praise for DeAndre Hopkins
During Hopkins’ first two years in the league, he had the opportunity to play alongside star wide receiver Andre Johnson with the Houston Texans.
The former Miami product had spent nearly a decade with Houston, which put him around many different wide receivers. However, Johnson voiced that Hopkins tops the list of players with the best hands at the position that he’s been around.
“He definitely has better hands than I did. I always tell people that I thought Reggie [Wayne] had the best hands from all the wide receivers that I have ever been around but then when I got around Hop I was like ‘Oh S**!’ He was one handing stuff. It got so bad that I googled his high school highlights and you can see it and he’s jumping over guys with one-handed (catches).”
Hopkins has been one of the most surehanded wide receivers in the league that included him going through the entire 2018 without a single dropped pass. Meanwhile, he has earned a strong reputation for making the difficult catches that have often come one-handed.
What’s also been remarkable is he’s played with numerous quarterbacks, and his production has never dwindled. He has been the definition of a true superstar at the position, and Johnson’s praise adds another layer to it all.
DeAndre Hopkins’ next chapter with Cardinals
The Texans took the league by surprise by trading Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. It has moved Deshaun Watson’s top receiver target, who is in the prime of his career due to him wanting a pay raise.
Although it’s a tough change for Hopkins, it gives him a chance to prove his ability on the field next to an all-time talent in Larry Fitzgerald. He could also become a dangerous duo with second-year quarterback Kyler Murray as a critical piece of their offense looking to push their way toward the playoffs in the tough NFC West.
All of this sets the stage for what should be another impressive campaign in 2020 for Hopkins in Arizona.