Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has had a great season so far for the Houston Texans despite the team currently having a 6-6 record and tied at the top of the AFC South.
Statistic wise, he is third in receiving yards with 1,169 yards, just behind Julio Jones and Antonio Brown, and second in touchdown receptions in the NFL with 10. He also is fourth highest in receptions with 86, so he is up there this season with the best.
However, Hopkins himself has said in a recent interview, with ESPN the Magazine, that he believes he is the best wide receiver in the NFL. That means he positions himself better than Brown, Jones, Dez Bryant, Calvin Johnson and Odell Beckham.
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He said: "I think I'm the best wide receiver in the NFL. I work hard. I've wanted to put myself in that position to be the best wide receiver in the NFL, and I definitely think I'm putting my foot forward to make that claim."
Why does he think he is the best? He believes it's down to him having the best hands in the league.
"I think I have the best hands in the NFL," Hopkins said. "Not because I'm full of myself, but I think if you look at drops over the past three years, I'd say I'm at the top of that list. When people say I have the best hands, that means you're the most consistent person at catching the football in the NFL.
"Most footballs that come your way, you're going to come down with the completion. That's exactly what that means."
Although flashy catches by Beckham gets the spotlight shining on him, consistency is key and that's what Hopkins has in bulk, so maybe we should start paying him more attention.
Especially as, since his rookie year in 2013, he's only had quarterbacks with the names of Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, Matt Schaub and Case Keenum throwing him the ball, while others have had certified future Hall of Famers and more reliable gunslingers.
Insert him into an offense with a consistently good quarterback and he could be producing even better numbers than what he is today. Watch this space.
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