What are teammates for if not to have each other's backs on social media?
New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had a minor dust-up Tuesday on Twitter after Hopkins tweeted a photo of himself catching a pass over Gilmore with the caption, "If you see 10 double him."
Gilmore snapped back that the Patriots only double-teamed Hopkins on two snaps in Sunday's game, and the beef was on.
Enter Van Noy, who chimed in with this tweet of support:
This wasn't a one-sided social media beef, though. Texans offensive lineman Tytus Howard, who's currently on injured reserve, thought Hopkins did a fine job "exposing" Gilmore.
Ayeeeeeee EXPOSE HEEEMMMMMM https://t.co/cxHhxkYji0
— Tytus Howard (@levelstothis_2) December 4, 2019
Hopkins also posted his message on Instagram, where fellow Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills suggested Gilmore was calling for help to cover the All-Pro wideout Sunday.
Texans safety Justin Reid, meanwhile, believes not even a double-team can stop Hopkins.
We can't fact-check what was or wasn't said on the field, but both sides have compelling arguments in this beef.
Gilmore held Hopkins to five catches for 64 yards and no touchdowns, a stat line below his season average of 7.2 catches and 75.3 yards per game.
But Hopkins did lead the Texans with an average of 3.65 yards of separation Sunday -- well above the NFL average of 2.83 yards, per Next Gen Stats -- and most importantly helped Houston secure a 28-22 win.
Our takeaway: Gilmore and Hopkins are among the best at their craft, so both have plenty of reasons to be prideful.
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Kyle Van Noy defends Stephon Gilmore in DeAndre Hopkins Twitter beef originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston