Watson, Hopkins Potential Through The Roof

Duo Aims To Be NFL's Best

April 18, 2018 - 12:01 am

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – For the first time in DeAndre Hopkins’ NFL career, he had a quarterback who was good.  Entering year two, the goal for Hopkins and Deshaun Watson is to be the best quarterback/receiver duo in the league.

“I expect us to be the best duo in the NFL, honestly. That’s my goal. I’m pretty sure that’s his goal. If we have those goals for ourselves, that’s going to help the team get to where we want to get to. But expectations, the sky is limit what that kid can do. Myself, I’ve only been playing receiver since college, not even my whole life, so I don’t feel like I’ve reached my peak at my position. I’m pretty sure Deshaun would say the same about himself,” Hopkins said.

While playing in just seven games in his rookie season, Watson took the league by storm.  He threw 19 touchdown passes and over 240 yards per game before tearing his ACL in practice that cost him a majority of his rookie season.  For Watson, that potential has a long way to go before it can materialize.   

“As far as the potential, I mean, it’s through the roof. We’re as good as we think and the work that we put in. There’s a lot of work that we put in before. We actually reported yesterday and there’s a lot of work that we’re going to put in through these nine weeks and also after the nine weeks before training camp. We have a long way to go but at the same time we have that mindset that we want to break records together, as us two and also as a team, and try to get that ultimate goal. But that ultimate goal is so far from us, we want to make sure that we focus on now and taking it one day at a time so we can get to where we want to go,” Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson added.

It’s easy to see why Hopkins has high hopes for the pair.  Hopkins has caught 36 touchdowns in his first five years in the league and led the NFL last year with 13.  Seven of those 13 touchdown grabs by Hopkins came on passes from Watson in the season’s first seven games.

“His attitude on the football field and off the football field. He wants to be great. I want to be great,” Hopkins said.  “If two people want to be great and push each other, the sky is the limit what him and I can do.”