DeAndre Hopkins was confident that the return of Will Fuller would help open things up for him and improve Houston’s offense.
The veteran receiver was right, as Fuller had two touchdown receptions in his season debut and Hopkins had his first 100-yard game of the season to help the Texans (2-2) score the most points in franchise history in a 57-14 win over the Tennessee Titans (2-2) on Sunday.
Fuller returned after missing the first three games after breaking his collarbone early in camp. The first-round pick in 2016 had touchdown receptions of 16 and 10 yards for the first multi-touchdown game of his career.
“Will can open up the field,” Hopkins said. “He’s a big part of this offense scoring 50-something points the way we did. You can’t just key in on me. You have to obviously watch Will down the field every play because he has the speed that you can’t coach.”
Hopkins, who had dealt with near-constant double teams through the first three games, faced more single coverages on Sunday and finished with 10 receptions for 107 yards and a score.
Rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, who threw for four touchdowns and ran for another score, agreed that the addition of Fuller helped him as well.
“Being able to have all of the weapons on the field, it just makes my job easier,” he said.