HOUSTON – DeAndre Hopkins’ uncommon savvy and acceleration put New York Jets veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis in an unusual place on Sunday afternoon. The former NFL Defensive Player of the Calendar year was rendered really susceptible by the Texans star vast receiver.
As an alternative of the veteran defensive again becoming capable to contain, exploit or strand the Texans star vast receiver with his properly-practiced coverage instincts, it was “Revis Island,” who was extensively dominated by Hopkins.
In between Hopkins exhibiting his knack for one-handed sideline catches and the way he dashed previous a flailing Revis for a 61-lawn landing go on a post sample in the course of the Texans’ 24-17 victory, Revis experienced 1 of his roughest times in the business office in many a long time.
Continuing his breakthrough season and emergence as a single of the leading extensive receivers in the recreation, Hopkins caught five passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. That integrated 4 receptions for 98 yards in opposition to Revis prior to the 6-time Pro Bowl cornerback left the recreation with a concussion.
“The test with the media blowing up ‘Revis Island’ you know I had to appear out and reply,” Hopkins explained. “Times like this for a excellent defensive back again and a youthful receiver, not a whole lot of people have me in their eyes. I know it was a big chip on my shoulder to go out there and perform further tough.”
An animated Hopkins utilized his fingers soon after the game to area Revis’ title in air-quotes obtaining some enjoyable with his famous counterpart. Hopkins acknowledged that this encounter with a single of the most celebrated cornerbacks in NFL historical past experienced further significance for him. It was significance with out an intimidation aspect, however.
Hopkins has no intentions of conceding an inch of territory to any corner, even 1 as achieved as Revis, who entered the match with three interceptions and had zero Sunday as he finished the sport with a few tackles and no passes defended.
“With my mentality, one-on-1, I am likely to acquire,” Hopkins explained. “No subject who’s out there, I do not actually care. A male like Darrelle Revis has been in the NFL for a extended time, they nonetheless get tendencies. They know what you are undertaking from the way you line up.
“When you operate a route, you virtually have to be perfect at it. You can not slip, timing has to be best with the quarterback going in opposition to a smart man like him.”
Hopkins and Revis traded boisterous witticisms through the first 50 percent, barking at each other before, during and soon after plays.
“You know out there, there is certainly a great deal of commotion likely on,” Hopkins explained. “Two developed men actively playing soccer, so I can’t actually remember what was said, a good deal of phrases again and forth.”
Scoring his ninth landing of the period on a twenty-property go route guiding Jets cornerback Marcus Williams, Hopkins tied former Texans All-Professional broad receiver Andre Johnson’s 2009 one-season franchise record for touchdown catches.
Hopkins has seventy six receptions for 1,045 yards and is the 1st player in franchise background to have in excess of 1,000 receiving yards in the very first 10 video games of a year. He’s on rate to end the time with a job-higher 121 catches, one,672 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“He is unbelievable,” Texans proprietor Bob McNair stated of Hopkins. “He is so excellent with one particular hand there, I feel he’s resting the other a single. He’s spectacular.”
In his 3rd NFL time, the 23-year-old previous first-round draft pick from Clemson turned the 3rd-youngest player in league history to get to the milestones of 200 career receptions and three,000 getting yards behind Larry Fitzgerald and David Boston.
Hopkins’ ability at outmuscling defensive backs and leaping capability have boosted quarterbacks’ self confidence at lobbing the football up to him in any circumstance.
“That guy’s a specific talent,” mentioned quarterback T.J. Yates, who’s thrown 3 touchdowns to Hopkins in excess of the earlier two games. “Naturally, it isn’t going to make a difference who’s on him. He’ll go and get the ball for you.”