James Jones: Texans' DeAndre Hopkins 'One Of Best To Ever Do It'

Bill O'Brien also spoke about Hopkins mentoring teammates

Brandon Scott
November 14, 2019 - 9:52 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- One of the players who keeps getting praise in the lead-up to the Texans' road game against the Raiders is DeAndre Hopkins.

It's not surprising. He's long been considered one of the best, if not the best, among NFL wide receivers.

So much attention this week is focusing on Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson, two dynamic quarterbacks who could compete with Russell Wilson for the MVP award this season. 

But it's Hopkins who has developed the respect of players and coaches league-wide. 

John Harbaugh told reporters he doesn't see a hole in Hopkins' game.

Related: Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh Impressed With Texans

Former Packers wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst James Jones was on with Clint Stoerner, Wade Smith and Jeremy Branham on Wednesday looking ahead to the Texans-Ravens matchup.

Here's what he had to say when asked about Hopkins: 

"You talk about Randy Moss-like ball skills. I mean, ball in the air, a lot of us call it 50-50 balls. When it comes to Hopkins, it's more like, you know 80-20 balls or even 90-10 balls. Because you know he's going to come down with it the majority of the time. And not only that, I love the way they're using him now, too. A lot of people used to just be like, 'Oh he's a guy that just stays on the outside.' You see him now, they're moving him around. They're putting him in the slot. He's making play after play after play. 

"But I mean you're talking about one of the best to ever do it when you watch Hopkins."

Bill O'Brien also spoke Wednesday about Hopkins being a good teammate who does a good job mentoring younger players. 

His experience facing different coverages and cornerbacks around the league helps the other receivers recognize different looks they get. Hopkins even helps with the running backs with reading coverages.

"I think he just does a good job of communicating all of his knowledge based on how much he's played. He's been a successful player, but he's successful for a lot of reasons, and one of him is his football savviness, his ability to understand what's going on X’s and O’s wise."