DeAndre Hopkins hasn’t even hit a speed bump against the Jacksonville Jaguars yet but that may change against rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
17 receptions for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Those are the numbers for DeAndre Hopkins in two games against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015.
He did that kind of damage making amazing catches, completely dominating Davon House and any other secondary player the Jags threw his way. He did that kind of damage with Brian Hoyer at quarterback.
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There’s no question that Hopkins is one of the best in the NFL at his position. He was nearly unstoppable in 2015, finishing with the third most receptions (111), seventh most receiving touchdowns (11), and third most yards (1521) in the NFL. A significant chunk of that production came in games against the Jags.
Brock Osweiler hasn’t proven to be much of an improvement, if any, over Hoyer at quarterback so Hopkins may have to be amazing again if he hopes to will the Houston Texans to victory in Week 10. He proved able to do that in 2015 but a lot has changed on defense for the Jags.
If Ramsey’s past history blanketing the best receivers on the opposing team is any indication, he’ll be able to limit Hopkins at least in part. This can only be good for the Jags following Hopkins’ domination the year before.
Keep your eyes on this matchup throughout the game. If Ramsey can get the job done it will be a continued trend in a promising starter to his career. Hopefully he’ll be able to keep things tight and limit the damage.