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Exhibitionist: Houston rookie DeAndre Hopkins shines in preseason debut

Andy Behrens
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DeAndre Hopkins (USAT Images)

So yeah, the Texans may have finally found a dangerous receiving complement to Andre Johnson.

DeAndre Hopkins LAUGHS AT YOUR SINGLE-COVERAGE, Minnesota.

Hopkins feasted on Vikings defensive backs in Friday's preseason win, hauling in four passes on five targets for 52 yards. The highlight play was this 34-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, which brought shame to back-up CB Bobby Felder (pictured). Click that link, friends. Hopkins out-jumped the coverage, high-pointed the ball, then held on through the landing. Nice throw; better catch. "Strong hands" was part of the pre-draft scouting report on Hopkins, and you can see why.

Hopkins should make plenty of noise this year, that much seems clear. The kid was a first-rounder out of Clemson — he was ridiculous last season: 82 catches, 1405 yards, 18 TDs — and he'll have a clear path to playing time in Houston. Without question, he's on the fantasy radar. His average draft position in Yahoo! leagues is just 124.9 at the moment, making him a filthy steal. Wherever you've got him on your cheat sheet, he probably deserves to be higher. He's a talent. (He also seemed to enjoy run-blocking on Friday night, a key to earning snaps in the Texans' offense.)

Yeah, I know, it's only exhibition football, he's a rookie, this is a run-first team, blah-blah-Jacoby-Jones-blah-Kevin-Walter-blah. I get it. But Hopkins is seriously skilled and he's in a friendly situation. We should all be interested. It's not tough to imagine a 65-900-6 sort of season, with the potential for more.

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