At bye, Hopkins still his harshest critic

At bye, Hopkins still his harshest critic
October 24, 2013, 9:00 am
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Through seven games of the NFL season, DeAndre Hopkins has clearly been the best rookie wide receiver in football.

But the 21-year-old from Clemson remains his harshest critic.

“I give myself a two of out 10,” Hopkins said when asked to grade his performance through the bye.

Why the low mark?

“Because,” he said. “I could do a lot better.”

Hopkins is second in the NFL in receptions among rookies with 28 and is first in yards with 416. He also has two touchdown catches. Hopkins is the first player with his stat line through seven games since A.J. Green in 2011 and is the 14th player since 1960.

But those statistics didn’t change anything for the rookie.

“Numbers don’t reflect the wins that we have,” he said. “We got two wins, so I give myself a two out of 10.”

Being tough on himself is nothing new for the rookie. After the first preseason game, he was overly critical, saying he wasn’t where he wanted to be.

And that hasn’t changed during the season.

Hopkins, while sitting at his locker on Tuesday, the last day players had media availability, said he’s been replaying the third down play from early in the third quarter against the Chiefs in his head.

With the ball inside the 5-yard line, Case Keenum threw a fade to Hopkins in the end zone. The rookie went up for the ball, had it briefly, but cornerback Marcus Cooper knocked it away at the last second.  
 
“Any ball I touch my hands on, I should catch it,” he said. “Good defense by the defender. My motto is if the ball touches my hands, I should catch it and I didn’t catch it.”

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