DeAndre Hopkins and DeShaun Watson might both have played at Clemson under Dabo Swinney before joing the Houston, but don’t think that the former Clemson wideout is heavily supporting his fellow Tiger.
While there doesn’t seem to be any personal between the rookie and fourth-year veteran, it’s quite clear that the Texans top receiver has made his choice for starting quarterback Week 1.
“If anybody should be a judge of quarterbacks, I’ve played with the most quarterbacks in NFL history throughout my first four years,” Hopkins said after practice Friday. “So I put the stamp on Savage, and I think that’s all that needs to be said about that.”
While Hopkins feeling may differ from the fan base of Houston fans, it seems fair for the wide receiver to think this way. Since joining the leauge, Hopkins has caught at least one pass from 10 different quarterbacks in a Texans uniform. While Watson certianly is the future of the program moving forward, the quarterback carousel might be finally making Hopkins nauesous and ready to finally step off.
“He’s (Savage) a student of the game, from just being on the bench, watching and learning from other people’s mistakes, seeing what they’ve done wrong.” Hopkins said. He can put the ball in any place. He has a strong arm. He has a knowledge of this offense. He’s been in this offense his whole career.”
It’s still anyone’s battle for the starting nod at quarterback once the Jagaurs come to town on September 10. Even if Watson outshines the 27-year-old veteran, head coach Bill O’Brien might still not believe that the two-time Davey O’Brien Award winner is ready to take over at quarterback. Perhaps a touchdown or two in preseason might change Hopkins’ mind on who should line up under center.
As for now however, it’s very clear that the pending free agent is Team Savage heding into next week’s first preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.
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