Bill O'Brien Says Texans Should Have Thrown to DeAndre Hopkins 20 Times

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistNovember 28, 2017

DeAndre Hopkins leads the NFL with 127 targets. If Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien had his way, his star wide receiver would garner even more opportunities.

During Monday night's 23-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, he caught seven of 10 targets for 125 yards from Tom Savage. It was an especially impressive performance since Baltimore ranks second in scoring defense and passing defense behind the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Per Texans TV's Drew Dougherty, O'Brien said the ball "should've gone to him 20 times. He's so difficult to cover." Even if he wasn't fully serious, it's not a hyperbolic goal. Hopkins received 16 targets from Savage in Week 9's loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

On Oct. 4, 2015, Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett threw to Hopkins a combined 22 times. Although he collected nine of them for 157 yards, Houston suffered a 48-21 road loss to the Atlanta Falcons. As good as he is, the offense needs to lend him more support.

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