Back on the field and ready to go after missing the second half of preseason camp with a concussion, DeAndre Hopkins made his NFL regular-season debut a successful one by catching five passes for 66 yards during the Houston Texans' come from behind victory over San Diego Monday night
Hopkins started the opener opposite veteran Andre Johnson.
According to a blog by Beacher Report's Ryan Cook, the Texans got exactly what they were looking for from Hopkins Monday night.
Here is what Cook wrote:
"The Texans drafted DeAndre Hopkins for a reason: to help take the focus of defenses away from Andre Johnson. On Monday night, that plan worked perfectly, as the Chargers defense struggled to contain both playmakers, particularly late in the second half.
'Hopkins had a quiet first half, but was responsible for a big play on 3rd-and-19 which led to the Texans pulling back within a touchdown. He ended up with 66 yards in his first real game as a starter, and while the Chargers were paying close attention to him late in the fourth quarter, Johnson was quietly making catches on the other side to set up the game-winning field goal.
"If you tally it all up, Hopkins had a hand in the Texans’ final three scoring passages."
On the other side of the ball, San Diego's Marcus Gilchrist - a former teammate of Hopkins' at Clemson - made three tackles.
Dwayne Allen's MRI Is Negative: An MRI performed on Dwayne Allen's injured hip showed no structural damage, and the former Clemson star will get treatment on Tuesday in hopes of returning to practice with the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday.
Allen, who earlier in the game caught a 20-yard touchdown pass, landed awkwardly trying to catch a pass from Andrew Luck down the middle during the Colts' game against the Oakland Raiders. Coach Chuck Pagano in his post-game press conference said Allen "kind of landed wrong" on his hip.