DeAndre Hopkins finished the 2019 season with 104 catches on 150 targets for 1,165 yards and 7 touchdowns. He averaged 11.2 yards a reception and 7.8 yards a target. Most importantly, he was third in the league with 68 receptions that converted a first down, 9 behind Julio Jones and 23 behind Michael Thomas.
This season also saw a change in the way Nuk is utilized. The Texans’ offense had him work the middle of the field more often, line up in the slot more often, and utilize his spectacular ability to release off the line of scrimmage with jabs and fakes and slaps to break into the center of the field. He also improved at recognizing coverage and finding the soft spots in the zone to create easy throws for Deshaun Watson.
Despite changing from a hyper-efficient sideline receiver to a more of a middle of the field first down creator, Hopkins was named to the AP NFL’s First All-Pro Team. He was the only Texans to be named to either a first or second team.
For the third consecutive year @DeAndreHopkins named Associated Press First-Team All Pro.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 3, 2020
I’d say the Texans have gotten a pretty good return on that five-year contract extension, wouldn’t you?
Hopkins signs contract extension with Houston August 2017. Follows up with (so far) three straight first team all-pro seasons. https://t.co/FbgUkHN6bu— TexansCap (@TexansCap) January 3, 2020
#Texans WR @DeAndreHopkins was named to the AP NFL All-Pro First Team for the third-consecutive season.— Texans PR (@TexansPR) January 3, 2020
His 4 All-Pro selections tie Andre Johnson for the most by an offensive player in team history & 2nd-most overall (@JJWatt, 7). He also owns the 2nd-most first-team selections pic.twitter.com/KChrlGc4GS