Though Brock Osweiler and DeAndre Hopkins were able to connect to seal the Texans' win, the two weren't able to do so for most of the game. Osweiler targeted Hopkins 13 times, but that was just the receiver's fifth catch of the day. The Jaguars were able to cover him well by having No. 3 overall pick cornerback Jalen Ramsey follow him all game.
“We’re not looking for connections, we’re looking for wins," HC Bill O'Brien said. "Whatever it takes to win the game, so if it involves 20 catches to Hopkins then great. I’m sure DeAndre will tell you the thing that he cares about the most is winning. So that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to win these games the way we think they need to be won.”
The two connected on a 10-yard pass that pretty much clinched a win for the Texans, but overall Osweiler strugged to connect with the WRs. Osweiler once again went to his three tight ends often. The trio -- C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson -- combined for seven catches for 40 yards and two touchdowns on 10 targets. The longest play was a 13-yard catch by Fiedorowicz.
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Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler was brought in during the offseason in part to pair up with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who had a monster 2015 season, despite catching passes from four different starting quarterbacks.
Although Osweiler and Hopkins have connected for two touchdowns, the Pro Bowl receiver’s stats are a far cry from the performance he put up the past season. Through the first quarter of the season, Hopkins has 17 catches on 33 targets for 227 yards. In the first four games last year, he had 31 catches and 60 targets for 409 yards and three touchdowns.
Although Hopkins had only one catch Sunday, he had six targets, which tied for second-highest on the team. So there is some good news. In the offseason, the two were looking good according to those who follow the team, so hopefully this is something that comes along with time, sooner than later of course.
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Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. HC Bill O’Brien says he’ll be “fine” for Sunday. Fuller himself said that he’s “ready to go,” so we’re expecting him to play. He has earned the WR2 job after a strong offseason (8-144-2) and has developed a nice rapport with Brock Osweiler.
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:04pm
Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Fuller is expected to start in Week 1 despite “not doing much” in media portion, per Aaron Wilson, though HC Bill O’Brien says he’ll be “fine” for Sunday. He has earned the WR2 job after a strong offseason (8-144-2) and has developed a nice rapport with Brock Osweiler.
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Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Fuller is expected to start in Week 1 despite the injury. He has earned the WR2 job after a strong offseason (8-144-2) and has developed a nice rapport with Brock Osweiler.
Not that it came easy.
The story has been told about how hard Osweiler worked this offseason to learn the Texans' offense. O'Brien and offensive coordinator George Godsey's scheme is complex, and several players have said it took them more than a year to truly "get it."
The story said Osweiler spent a lot of time learning the offense quickly and that it seems to be paying off. There doesn't seem to be a ton of fantasy hype around Osweiler with lots of higher-ranked options, but Osweiler has a stud WR in DeAndre Hopkins as well as some other up-and-comers. The Texans will likely stick to a run-first game plan, but the run game should also open things up, especially for play action. Osweiler at least should have some streaming value this season and is ranked 26th on our QB list.
In just his third NFL season, Hopkins caught 111 passes for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns from four different starting quarterbacks.
During the offseason, the Texans gave Hopkins some help, signing quarterback Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract in March and drafting two receivers, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, who should give him some help in the passing game.
Osweiler got to work right away to get to know the Texans' star receiver. Osweiler started the process of building a relationship with Hopkins and other Texans receivers when he invited them to work out in Arizona before the start of the offseason conditioning program, the story said. In June, Osweiler told reporters that he and Hopkins have a "tremendous relationship" and that he respects the receiver's work ethic. Offensive coordinator George Godsey said he has seen the bond and the chemistry grow between Osweiler and Hopkins this offseason, and that it is something both players have worked at. It's obviously good news for Hopkins, who also seems to have some help talent-wise with an emerging Fuller who continues to get positive press in camp.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien is pleased with the way quarterback Brock Osweiler has progressed through the preseason, which likely ended for Osweiler after he turned in a strong performance against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Among Osweiler’s 11 completions in the game were a 35-yard strike to first-round pick Will Fuller and a 26-yard touchdown a bit later in the proceedings. Osweiler expects that he and Fuller will continue to make connections during the regular season and that Fuller will emerge as a key player for the team.
“Will’s a very special football player,” Osweiler said, via the team’s website. “What people really need to know about him — obviously everybody knows about his speed, they saw him all last season, they saw him at the combine — but it’s his work ethic. That’s what really makes him special. He comes in every single day, he works extremely hard, studies hard and practices hard. We expect big things out of Will this season.”
This isn't the first time we've heard good things about Fuller's potential. Fuller’s speed makes him dangerous down field and this summer has shown that it can also create some space for DeAndre Hopkins to operate. Throw in rookie Braxton Miller, who Osweiler also looked to early in Sunday’s game, and the Texans have a lot of potential in their receiving corps in Osweiler’s first season with the team, the story said.
Hopkins has seen the same from the Houston Texans' new quarterback. He said as much during a Twitter Q&A with fans on Wednesday evening.
Their relationship is one of the most important to watch with the Texans this offseason. The Texans' quarterback dramas during the past three seasons have certainly affected Hopkins more than most other players on the field. He powered through it. Hopkins became the first player in NFL history to have 100-yard receiving games catching passes from four different quarterbacks, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Still, chemistry can only help, the story went on to say. Osweiler has a chance to be a nice upgrade at QB for the Texans and Hopkins, who really exploded on to the scene last year and is one of the top WRs to draft in fantasy this season.
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