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Although DeAndre Hopkins was injured early on in the second preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, he still managed to make a significant impression in his one-and-a-half preseason games.
The most notable play came against the Vikings with T.J. Yates at the helm.
Hopkins ran a streak route down the right sideline, and it looked like the play was doomed from the start. Vikings' cornerback Bobby Felder was all over Hopkins; he was covering him flawlessly.
Still, Yates lofted the ball to Hopkins in what seemed like a prayer that had no chance of being answered. But then the impossible happened: Hopkins came down with it.
He jumped over Felder and snagged the ball before Felder could even make a play on it. It was a seemingly impossible catch, but it just highlighted exactly what Hopkins could do for the Texans defense.
Last season, the Texans were pitiful in the red zone. The Texans, with all their stars, should be terrific close to the goal line, but instead, they ranked in the middle of the pack in terms of scoring touchdowns in the red zone, according to Team Rankings.
Hopkins will immediately help this issue. His infallible hands and ability to outperform defensive backs will make him a dependable red-zone target.
The Texans spent a first-round pick on Hopkins, and it's looking like they were wise to do so.