The Houston Texans made one of the most criticized moves of the offseason when they decided to send four-time Pro Bowl wideout DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. While it never helps to part ways with one of the best wide receivers in the league, adding to the criticism was the fact that the Texans only received a running back, and second-round pick and what was essentially a swap of fourth-round picks in return. However, the Texans did trade for former Los Angeles Rams wideout Brandin Cooks, acquire Randall Cobb through free agency and draft Isaiah Coulter during the 2020 NFL Draft, but is that exactly enough to replace the kind of production Hopkins brought to this team?
That is the burning question the Texans are facing entering this season, as Hopkins has recorded five 1,000-yard seasons over the last six years and caught 54 touchdown passes since the Texans selected him with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Cooks believes that the Texans’ wide receiving corps is underrated, and that there are several special players who will be able to thrive with quarterback Deshaun Watson.
“You know I look at it from the standpoint of first and foremost you talk about a guy in Hopkins who is just a special player,” Cooks told James Palmer of the NFL Network. “So you look at it and there’s no question on why you want to continue to get the ball to him because he makes things happen. But now I think what we have is we have so many special guys in this room who can do it all. One of the biggest things I’ve always thought as a receiver is when you’re stacked on a team with multiple receivers, you have a better chance of winning consistently and going far, because you can never just key on one guy. I think that unselfishness in the room I feel for the guys already is going to do us justice in the long run for sure.”