It’s May. The DeAndre Hopkins trade was made in March. The shock, awe of stupidity, and pain of loss has quickly subsided and been replaced by the cheap love of optimism.
Pro Football Focus doesn’t care about any team. They have no heart. All they are made out of is silly grades and charting data. They recently ranked each teams receiving corps entering the 2020 NFL season. They have the Texans ranked 20th in the NFL when it comes to their wide receiver room. Read below.
20. Houston Texans
Any time you lose a player like DeAndre Hopkins, your receiving room is going to be worse for it. The Texans helped mitigate that loss by bringing in Brandin Cooks, but now they’re stuck with an interesting collection of wide receivers. Outside of Randall Cobb in the slot, their top-three options at wide receiver (Cooks, Will Fuller V and Kenny Stills) are all viewed first and foremost as deep threats. All three rank among the top-20 wide receivers in the NFL in receiving yards on passes thrown 20 or more yards downfield since 2017. Too much speed is never a bad thing, but having a little diversity in their games would be helpful. It doesn’t help that the Texans don’t have a dynamic option to turn to at tight end in the short and intermediate range.
Do you agree? Do you still think the Texans are worse off without Hopkins? Do you think 20th is a fair ranking?