The Bills defense is going to have its hands full on Sunday facing one of the best receivers in the NFL. Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has 19 receptions for over 300 yards in the last two games, including a spectacular 49-yard catch last week that set up the game-winning field goal for Houston in a 16-13 overtime win over Dallas.
That was a play that even Bills safety Micah Hyde was impressed with.
“He was spinning off of everybody. That’s the kind of player he is,” the safety said. “Week in and week out, whether it’s receiver or running back, we have a huge challenge ahead of us. This week we have receivers that can do it all and a quarterback that can get out of the pocket and run. If you want to be an NFL player, you have to watch your film and plan accordingly otherwise, you’ll lay an egg.”
“You have to know where he’s at on the field all the time. He’s their go-to guy,” added fellow safety Jordan Poyer. “You have to know where he’s at all the time. It’s another opportunity for us to go out there and play well.”
Of course, Hopkins’ ability to make those plays hinges on the health of quarterback Deshaun Watson who is questionable for Sunday’s game with a chest injury. If Watson can’t go it’ll be backup quarterback Brandon Weeden.