Outside of his other-worldly hands and physical skillset, Hopkins' ability to move the sticks stems from his precise route-running. The wideout always makes himself available to Deshaun Watson in key moments.
To help improve in that area this offseason, Hopkins studied one of his favorite receivers: Julian Edelman.
Edelman is an interesting player for Hopkins to study. The Super Bowl MVP is a route technician, seemingly always open off the line of scrimmage. The mind-meld Edelman has with Tom Brady also allows the Pats to take advantage of defenses in key spots, even against potential double-teams. Combine Edelman's route running and ability to get open with ease, with the physical talent of a Hopkins, and you'd have a dynamite wideout (basically Michael Thomas).
Hopkins hasn't seen as many shots vertically this season. His 75.4 receiving yards per game through 10 tilts is his lowest since 2016, despite seeing more targets and receptions go his way than a year ago.
While fantasy footballers might get frustrated that Hopkins isn't soaring deep each week, the wideout views it as a positive for the Texans offense as a whole.
"I don't have to carry as much of a load as I used to, and I think that's a good thing," Hopkins said. "We can depend on other players. ... Obviously, it makes the team better."
Tune in tonight, and you'll be sure to hear the phrase: 'First-down catch, Hopkins,' many times.