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Keep expectations for Patriots rookie receivers low

It couldn’t have been easy for Patriots fans to watch Texans rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins take on the Titans last Sunday.

There was Hopkins, drafted 27th overall, catching three straight passes for 64 yards in the closing minutes of regulation to bring the Texans in range for the game-tying touchdown. Then with star receiver Andre Johnson on the sideline in overtime, there was Hopkins catching a 25-yard pass to bring the Texans down to the 1, and there he was three snaps later, catching the game-winning touchdown.

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