No player in the NFL has more targets in the passing game than DeAndre Hopkins. Through three weeks of action, Hopkins has been on the receiving end of 37 pass attempts from Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson.
“Nuk” averages over 12 targets per game as the focal point of the Texans passing offense. That’s one more than Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown.
#NFL Target Leaders
D Hopkins (HOU) - 37
A Brown (PIT) - 36
L Fitzgerald (ARI) - 34
A Green (CIN) - 31
K Allen (SD)/E Sanders (DEN) - 29 pic.twitter.com/5VwCrOBBLf
Unfortunately, the high volume of targets has not equated to a great deal of success. While Hopkins is tied for third in receptions with 21, he barely cracks the top 20 in receiving yards at just 204. His 9.7 yards per reception are the third-lowest of any wide receiver with at least 20 targets.
With Will Fuller returning soon and Bruce Ellington proving capable in the Week 3 loss in New England, Hopkins might not persist as the top target in the league. The upshot could be that No. 11 gets more productive with the targets he gets.