Watson, Hopkins Connect on Opening Drive

TD on only series for the duo

August 17, 2019 - 11:47 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins both saw their first preseason action in the opening series of the Texans’ 27-23 win against Detroit on Saturday, and the offense orchestrated an 11-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Watson to Hopkins.

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“Efficient drive, I thought we had good balance on that drive.  I’m not sure how many plays it was, but the key was no penalties, no sacks, and it was good, good efficient drive,” Texans’ Head Coach Bill O’Brien said following the victory. 

O’Brien pulled both his stars after the opening drive touchdown, but not before Watson completed five of his seven pass attempts for 60 yards and the touchdown toss he squeezed in to Hopkins. 

“We had a concept on the front side that was kind of cloudy.  I could have probably hit the tight end, Fells.  Then I came back to my backside and D-Hop did a good job of being patient, and he was really doubled, but he did a good job of widening the corner and getting inside and I put a ball where he could catch it and he made that catch,” Watson remembered about his touchdown pass to Hopkins.

Hopkins finished with two catches for 17 yards including the score, and felt good about his first action in the preseason.

“That was a pretty smooth drive.  That was pretty good.  Going out, starting fast, that’s all you can ask for,” Hopkins added.

While Watson and Hopkins were on the field, O’Brien elected to hold out wide receiver Will Fuller, who is coming off a torn ACL, and running back Lamar Miller, who logged over 200 regular season carries for the third year in a row in 2018.