NFL Media’s Ike Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew sat down yesterday for a quick chat on who will have a better 2016 season – Steelers wideout Antonio Brown or Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Both of them are All-Pro caliber players, and both of them are in the consensus top four or five wide receivers in the league, along with Julio Jones and Odell Beckham, Jr. Hell, some analysts believe that Brown and Hopkins are flat out the best two receivers in the game right now based off of their 2015 campaigns.
So when Taylor measured two of the deadliest men in football against one another – one of which who happens to be his former teammate – who did he choose? None other than Hopkins, of course. Taylor was effusive in his praise for the young Texan’s ball skills and aggressive attitude, but it was his physical build and the complementary rookie weapons that now surround him that gave him the edge over Brown’s own well-established brilliance.
"One thing he has over Antonio Brown is height," Taylor said. "Even though Antonio Brown plays big, Nuk has that just waking up. I hate to say it, but Nuk so far, man, just looking at the pieces to the puzzle and what he has around him, I think he might just slide in there and pass A.B. this year."
MJD had but one sentence in response, "Y’all heard it. That’s blasphemy."
You can watch the entire segment here for your own viewing pleasure. What say you, BRB? Can Nuk Hopkins outperform the most consistent receiver in the NFL and secure his status as the league’s top wideout?