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DeAndre Hopkins named NFL's most indispensable offensive player


by - Staff Writer -

NFL.com listed the most indispensable players in the NFL and DeAndre Hopkins topped the list on the offensive side.

Hopkins stands out as arguably the best receiver in the game and unquestionably the top target for Deshaun Watson in the Texans offense.

"Plain and simple: He's the best wide receiver in the NFL," NFL.com's Adam Schein wrote. "And without him, the Texans wouldn't have a chance.

"Hopkins is the perfect blend of hands, size, speed and clutchness -- the guy puts it all together in electric fashion. For years, he produced in spite of Houston's lackluster quarterback play. Then last season, he finally got to play 16 games with a legit signal-caller in Deshaun Watson. And the results were 115 catches for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns -- robust numbers that earned Hopkins a second consecutive first-team All-Pro nod."

The offensive ranking did come with a caveat, as QBs were excluded because they are the definition of indispensable and would dominate the list - Houston's Watson likely in the running there as well.

Hopkins added to his NFL legend by playing through torn ligaments in his shoulder last postseason.

"It's the most banged up I've ever been playing football," Hopkins said. "I was dealing with serious injuries a lot of people would have sat down for. But we had a good team that depended on me, and I never gave a thought to not playing unless the doctors told me I couldn't."

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