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DeAndre Hopkins believes
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DeAndre Hopkins believes

if a ball comes near him he should catch it."That's been my mindset since I've been playing football Youth Christian Covington Jersey ," he said. "Defense, offense, basketball as well, the ball's in the air, it's mine."That belief has led to some amazing catches, and lately he seems to make at least one a game. All of which has helped the Texans turn around their season and leave them one win from clinching the AFC South.His latest great grab came on in the fourth quarter on Saturday on a 14-yard reception that was the go-ahead score in Houston's 29-22 win over the Jets. New York cornerback Morris Claiborne stayed with Hopkins throughout that route and even got an arm between his on the play. But Hopkins was still able to come down with the ball."I felt like as good as I played it from the line of scrimmage it was perfect," Claiborne said. "When you get perfect coverage like that from the line of scrimmage all the way to the end zone and guys come up with those type of balls, you take your hat off to them."After the play Hopkins said Claiborne looked at him and said: 'Man I don't know how you caught it.'It's a sentiment Hopkins hears often and said top defensive backs such as Patrick Peterson and Jalen Ramsey have said similar things after some of his catches.Hopkins is a favorite target of second-year quarterback Deshaun Watson and he raved about his ability to catch most anything thrown his way."I try to be as perfect as I can, but for him, he just says: 'just get it in his area, he's going to come down with it Authentic DeAndre Hopkins Jersey ,'" Watson said. "That's what I try to do, just throw it in his catch-radius, and majority of the time he's going to take it down. It helps me out big time."Hopkins has reached 1,300 yards receiving for the second straight year and the third time in his career, and his 1,321 yards rank third in the NFL. He has 11 touchdown receptions, which are tied for the second most in his career behind the 13 he grabbed last season.Though he's happy about his success, he's far more excited about how the team is doing, with the Texans winning 10 of their past 11 games after a 0-3 start."If I had 50 catches and 500 yards I would feel like this is my best season because my team is in this position to do more than we've ever done before," he said. "So for me team success first."And despite his success, Hopkins never stops striving to improve. He admits to watching footage of his work Womens Whitney Mercilus Jersey , but said that he also devotes a good chunk of time to viewing catches made by former Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, whom he refers to by his nickname "Megatron.""I watch my highlights a lot, but I watch Megatron highlights too just because he made great catches like that," Hopkins said. "It motivates me before the games just seeing a great dude go out there and just do it effortlessly."During these film sessions Hopkins not only watches his big catches, he also dissects the catches that he didn't make."I always feel like I can be better. I feel like I can do better," he said. "I feel like I can make better catches."Hopkins is a very confident player, but he's careful not to sound boastful. No matter what players do to try and slow him down he puts pressure on himself to do more to come away with the catch."I've been stopped before from making those catches or I might have stopped myself sometimes," he said. "So I feel like it's me more so than the defender. That's just like the role that I put on myself and the pressure, no matter what DB is out there it's my ball. I don't want to say a DB can't guard me, but I still feel like I can catch it."Houston cornerback Johnathan Joseph, a 13-year NFL veteran Womens Zach Cunningham Jersey , has covered Hopkins for years in practice and shakes his head when asked what someone can do to keep him from making a catch."You can't do anything," Joseph said. "He's an exceptional talent. He's got rare hand-eye coordination to catch the ball so ... it's one of those things that in the game it's almost impossible."Hopkins has been making nifty catches throughout his six-year NFL career, which often leads him to be asked which one is his favorite. Because he's always outdoing himself, the answer often changes and on Thursday it took him a few seconds to come up with an answer.He exhaled sharply and rubbed his long and lean hands together for a bit before coming to a conclusion."The Dolphins catch between the legs," he finally said. "I'm going to go with that."That catch came earlier this season when he reached back and grabbed the ball with one hand and weaved it between his legs in the air before crashing to the ground. But it actually wasn't a catch at all because he was called for pass interference.Despite not counting, that play was the talk of the locker room after the win and had many of his teammates wondering, as they often do, how he possibly came down with it.While he wows teammates and defenders alike with such feats as that non-catch and his huge grab last week, does he still get excited when he makes plays like that or is it simply another day at the office for the 26 year old?"Sometimes I surprise myself, just like darn I did that? (But) I feel like just go out and be better and do more," he said. Heading into last week , all the Texans needed was a loss by the Tennessee Titans and a win or tie of their own against the Indianapolis Colts to secure their fifth AFC South Division crown. Some people were even speculating that Houston could jump into the #2 seed in the AFC playoff race – something that seemed nearly unthinkable at the end of the 0-3 start to the season. Fans’ hopes rose. The national media actually paid attention to the Texans.Most of us started to pick up what Houston was putting down. Then the train jumped the tracks. The Jaguars’ “all-star” defense coughed up a record setting rushing attack to the Titans, embarrassing themselves and anyone who had any faith in their team, on national television. Things got a little tougher. Now the Texans had to beat the Colts and then simply win one more game to clinch the division and a playoff berth. Out came the injury report, with holes in the offensive line, wide receiver corps, and question marks all over the place. Pretty soon we were forced to stare in disbelief as a third string quarterback lined up as WR3, the offensive line went back to looking like it did during the 0-3 start, and the Texans’ defense appeared to sleepwalk their way through a game like a senior citizen newly arrived at a retirement community. While it’s hard to find video proof, it seemed like J.J. Watt was playing with the flu or some other malady that kept him from going 100%. The same can be said of a few other key players as well. Houston seemed to fall back into place where they “belonged” with the also-rans. But if there’s anything truly different about the 2018 Houston Texans from the teams of years past, it’s their resiliency. Take a look at the Texans’ last game against the Titans. Houston quickly went down 10-0 and looked as if they were going to get pantsed by the hated “Not-The-Oilers”. Instead of giving up or taking a victim mentality through the rest of the game, the Texans rose up and smashed the Titans 34-17. This coming week Womens Benardrick McKinney Jersey , the Jets are on the menu. While Houston has one less day to prepare thanks to the Saturday afternoon kickoff, the Jets are ripe for the type of beatdown the Texans put on the Titans in the second through fourth quarters of the aforementioned game on Monday Night FootballWith Houston focused on a seemingly unexpected high-seeded playoff berth, the Jets are aspiring to secure the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Should Houston win this week and both the Colts and Titans lose, Houston will clinch the division. If Houston can win out and the New England Patriots drop one of their last three games, Houston can still lock up the #2 seed in the AFC. The current most likely scenario: Houston will still roll into the playoffs in the #3 seed, play on Wild Card Weekend, and face either the San Diego Chargers or Baltimore Ravens. Both are much tougher opponents than the Colts. Still, seeing Lamar Jackson face Deshaun Watson in the playoffs should make for some serious fireworks. Either way, it’s time to turn the page and face the Jets. What do you think is going to happen? Will Houston clinch the AFC South this week and be able to rest some players or will it come down to Week 17 heroics? Lay out your playoff predictions in the comments section.
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