Rex Ryan: DeAndre Hopkins is ‘kinda like Odell Beckham’
Jeremy Maclin and the Kansas City Chiefs had no trouble attacking the Buffalo Bills' talented secondary on Sunday, with Alex Smith throwing for 255 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
For the Bills, the road doesn't get any easier, as DeAndre Hopkins is coming to town next. The Bills will host the Houston Texans this week, and Rex Ryan isn't shying away from giving Hopkins plenty of credit for the way he's played this season.
“This guy is kinda like Odell Beckham with the hands,” Ryan said, via the team's official website. “He can make every catch: one-handed, two-handed. He's super-competitive going after the football. He's a big guy. He blocks. Really a compete receiver. One of the best receivers in the game.”
In 11 games, Hopkins has already caught 81 passes for 1,081 yards and nine touchdowns, and he's made one-handed catches akin to Beckham's. By comparison, the Bills' two best wide receivers, Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, have combined to catch 77 passes for 909 yards and seven touchdowns.
Watkins won't be an easy matchup for Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby, but they're one of the top cornerback duos in the league. They're tied for the league lead in passes defensed with 21 apiece.
If the Bills hope to slow him down, though, they'll need to do a better job in coverage than they did on Maclin.