There has been plenty of talk regarding the emergence of Malcolm Butler for the New England Patriots and how well he has been playing at cornerback. Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is expected by onlookers to be followed around by Butler but there is one slight issue. Hopkins has not had to deal with Butler the past two games against the Patriots
"As long as I have been playing the Patriots, Malcolm Butler has lined up against me zero times. So I can’t tell you too much about me against him," Hopkins explained with a smile.
Hopkins did talk about what he saw from Butler in film study, “He is a very competitive guy and make plays on the ball. Very instinctive but he hasn't guarded me since I played the Patriots."
Hopkins, the past two games against the Patriots, has been targeted 14 times and has been held to 7 receptions for 108 yards and no touchdowns. The plan by the Patriots has been to keep two defenders on him at all times and make the Texans turn to other options in the offense to beat them.
“Last two years I played them, they had the same kind of scheme against me and they won the game. I am not sure they would change that scheme,” said Hopkins of the Patriots plan to slow him. “They would put Ryan Logan in front of me, right directly on top of me, and the safety on top of him.”
With so much attention paid to him, Hopkins knows he has to put together a strong effort to crack the Patriots double team in coverage to help the offense.
“It is more really effort, it is not necessarily a route that you can draw down to beat two guys doubling you. You just have to go out there and play football, it is not easy,” said Hopkins of beating double teams during the game. “A lot of guys get double teamed, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, I just watch film on those guys to see what they are doing.”
Hopkins, in his post season career, has appeared in two games and has 11 receptions (20 targets) for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Related Articles: Jonathan Grimes Proves Vital for the Texans | Don Jones Likes the Winning Ways of the Texans | Corey Moore Continues to Make Strides | Mike Vrabel to Interview for the Rams Head Coaching Vacancy | Wildcard Weekend Game Balls and More | Bill Belichick Backs Bill O'Brien and the Job He has Done with the Texans | Texans Approach Paying off for Jadeveon Clowney | Charley Casserly Said What? About Jadeveon Clowney | Texans Embracing the Underdog Role