J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins represented the Texans in Pro Football Focus’s recently released All-Pro Team.
Watt scored the highest grade among edge rushers and defensive ends in the NFL with a 90.7 grade. In a comeback year, Watt recorded 75 total pressures and 49 total stops. His 16.0 sacks ranked tops in the NFL at his position, and second overall behind Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald, who recorded 20.5 sacks. Here’s what PFF wrote about Watt:
Watt was back in a big way in 2018. He’s still a ways away from his peak, but 17 sacks, 12 hits and 46 pressures are still absurd figures. Mack, on the other hand, never left. No one was game planned for more on the edge this season, yet he still racked up 69 total pressures and six forced fumbles.
Hopkins broke a Pro Football Focus record with 115 catches without a single drop and was the highest-graded wide receiver in the entire league this season. His 92.5 grade was a full point better than every other receiver in the NFL, with New Orleans’ Michael Thomas ranking second with a 91.3 grade. The grade is tied for the highest grade given to any wide receiver in the PFF era.
Hopkins also ranked second in the entire league in receiving yards with 1,572, second to Atlanta’s Julio Jones, the third-best receiver in the league according to PFF. Here’s what PFF wrote about Nuk, in conjunction with fellow PFF All-Pro wideouts Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, and Keenan Allen:
There’s truly no wrong way to order these four wide outs. Hopkins made more spectacular catches than anyone else on the list while Thomas, with a passer rating of 124.5 when targeted, was the most efficient. The most incredible stat though is this: Hopkins broke the PFF record with 115 catches this year without a single drop.
Kareem Jackson found himself on PFF’s All-Pro Second Team as the league’s fourth-highest graded cornerback with a grade of 85.7, the best of his career. Jackson found himself under the Flex D position on the second team behind Chargers CB Desmond King II.