Knee deep in a gridiron pit of sopping shutout, DeAndre Hopkins decided to please the few remaining viewers of last night’s Pittsburgh Steelers mashing of the Houston Texans with a one-handed juggling touchdown that only further cemented the No. 3 ranked receiver as the somehow still underrated superhero he truly is. And it had us questioning the top 2017 NFL catch of the year candidates.
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans, Week 16
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) December 26, 2017
In a Christmas Day game that featured nauseatingly awful quarterback play from T.J. Yates and undrafted practice squader Taylor Heinicke, semi-new pieces in the shitshow of Houston signal calling post Deshaun Watson ACL tear, Hopkins grabbed the baton and sprinted for the finish line of pride.
But while we appreciate the visual masterpiece painted by the former Clemson star, we’re left wondering where the catch sits in the three-deep basket of NFL catch of the year candidates. First (in a 40-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Week 11) was the league’s less-than-silent killer, Antonio Brown, who despite last week’s injury still leads the NFL by nearly 200 yards with 1,533 receiving yards (Julio Jones is second with 1,364). His David Tyree helmet catch remix was smoother than FM 101.9.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 11
Antonio Brown with an absurd one-handed helmet TD catch… and JuJu Smith-Schuster bowing down to him afterward. pic.twitter.com/8s9xW78wVl
— Max Meyer (@TheMaxMeyer) November 17, 2017
And again, in slow-mo..
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) November 17, 2017
But enough with the stud receivers. What about the little guys? Cole Beasley (he owns a whopping 36 catches for 314 yards this season) had a cap to throw into the bucket of otherworldly receptions in Week 1 against the New York Giants. Early fourth quarter, third-and-six, NFC East tones ready to be set. Enter two percent milk.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys, Week 1
— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2017
And if Cole gets some shine, so does 6-foot-3 undrafted Washington Redskins catchman Maurice Harris, who saw his play be ruled out of bounds before further review turned it over. That was the first career NFL touchdown for Harris, who is also the cousin and former high school and college teammate of San Diego Chargers receiving Picasso Keenan Allen.
Maurice Harris, Washington Redskins, Week 10
Full play of that insane Maurice Harris TD grab. Wow. pic.twitter.com/L8y23sCEhW
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 12, 2017
Harris has 0 touchdowns and only two catches since then, but he’s made his mark.
College Football COY, Jaleel Scott
Jaleel Scott already has scouts salivating about the 2018 NFL Draft, where the 6-foot-6 New Mexico receiver can climb the charts faster than bitcoin. One-hand catch connoisseur Odell Beckham Jr. would be proud.
— NM State Football (@NMStateFootball) September 1, 2017
High School Football COY, Trill Williams
Syracuse football recruit Trill Williams has no doubters after filling up the highlight reel with this championship catch. Look for him on the front cover of Orange magazines next season.
ICYMI – Trill Williams (@GOLD3N_BOII2) made what could be the Catch of the Year. See the entire highlight reel of @StepinacSports' title win here: https://t.co/PGRODw4ese @lohudinsider @NYCHSFL @StepinacHS pic.twitter.com/SOippjvpdy
— lohud sports (@lohudsports) November 26, 2017
Let us know your thoughts on the NFL catch of the year and where they rank @theSpleaze!
Cover photo credit h/t Sky Sports