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DeAndre Hopkins Earns AFC Offensive Player Of The Week Honors For Week Six

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DeAndre Hopkins becomes the first Texan to win it since the most bearded quarterback in Houston sports history.

Proper recognition.
Proper recognition.
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Ten catches, 148 yards and two scores in non-garbage time was enough for Texans standout wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to win AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for 2015's Week Six.

Hopkins, 23, has been one of the few bright spots for the Texans, who have stumbled to a 2-4 start to the season. Despite the uncertainty of the quarterback position, the anemic running game and shaky offensive line, Hopkins' production has soared.

Yes, a good chunk of his yards have come in garbage time, but his numbers are simply too good to dismiss, and he's getting some due attention for them.

Hopkins has been so good, in fact, that he's already nearly eclipsed all of his stats from his rookie season, and he's well on the way to besting all of his stats from last year.

RECEIVING STATS
SEASON TEAM GP REC TGTS YDS AVG LNG TD FD FUM LST
2013 16 52 93 802 15.4 66 2 38 1 1
2014 16 76 127 1,210 15.9 76 6 57 2 1
2015 6 52 90 726 14.0 34 5 42 0 0
Career 38 180 310 2,738 15.2 76 13 137 3 2

Listed at 6'1" and 218 pounds, Hopkins isn't quite the physical specimen that Andre Johnson (6'3", 229 lbs.) was, and I wondered if his numbers would perhaps dip without Andre on the field. But Hopkins' numbers so far have proven any naysayers, worrywarts and negative Nancys wrong.

With this honor, the third-year receiver joins elite Texans company: Ryan Fitzpatrick and his six TD performance won the award last year against the Tennessee Titans, and Matt Schaub won it in 2012 after putting up 527 yards and 5 TDs against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

So, uh... yeah, elite company.

Congrats to Nuk.  Hopefully this award won't be his last.

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