Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins to benefit from quarterback competition
Head coach Bill O’Brien has stated his hesitation to entrust the starting quarterback position to a rookie, while GM Rick Smith recently said first round pick, QB Deshaun Watson will compete for the job. There may or may not be a quarterback controversy brewing in Houston, but the Texans should see an upgrade at the position no matter who starts.
- WR DeAndre Hopkins had a career year in 2015, but saw his production in almost every category dramatically decrease in 2016 due to inadequate play at quarterback. His catchable targets notably decreased from 118 in 2015 to 82 in 2016.
- Hopkins’ catchable deep target percentage was 18.2 percent in 2016, which ranked 75th out of 78 qualifying wide receivers. His passer rating when targeted in 2016 was 60.5, which ranked 91st out of 96 qualifying receivers.
- QB Tom Savage had an adjusted completion percentage of 71.0 percent in 2016, which was 2.1 points higher than former Texans starter Brock Osweiler.
- When under pressure, Savage had an adjusted completion percentage of 83.3 percent, which ranked first in the NFL (minimum 25 attempts under pressure).
- Watson had an adjusted completion percentage of 76.1 percent in his final season at Clemson, which ranked third of the 2017 quarterback draft class. Watson’s deep pass adjusted completion percentage was 47.3 percent, ranking eighth in the class.