DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs lead respective conferences in wide receiver Pro Bowl voting

Both players were traded during the offseason

The Houston Texans just lost Will Fuller for the remainder of their disappointing 2020 campaign due to a violation of the league's performance enhancing substance policy. They recently waived Kenny Stills. Randall Cobb is injured. David Johnson is injured. The team is 4-7, despite Deshaun Watson's 3,200-yard, 24-touchdown, five-interception performance through 11 games.

And the ghost of DeAndre Hopkins still haunts every single aspect of their 2020 season.


By ranking third in the NFL in receptions and fourth in receiving yards. By helping fuel the Arizona Cardinals to an unexpected 6-5 record through 11 games. And by constantly reminding the Texans that they *might* have made a slight mistake by getting rid of him.

The latest reminder?

Hopkins ranks first among all wide receivers in the NFL in Pro Bowl votes, ahead of guys like D.K. Metcalf and Tyreek Hill.

Again, he's in first out of every receiver.

Interestingly enough, the wide receiver who is the lead vote-getter for the AFC, opposite Hopkins' NFC lead, is Buffalo Bills wideout Stefon Diggs, who was another player moved in the offseason.

NFL communications released the leaders at each position for both conferences as of Dec. 3, and some of the notable offensive positions and their vote tallies are listed below:

- AFC QB: Patrick Mahomes (206,525)
- NFC QB: Russell Wilson (203,444)
- AFC RB: Derrick Henry (185,494)
- NFC RB: Dalvin Cook (188,767)
- AFC WR: Stefon Diggs (149,739)
- NFC WR: DeAndre Hopkins (177,256)
- AFC TE: Travis Kelce (185,218)
- NFC TE: T.J. Hockenson (88,236)

That's right: the top two receivers were both new acquisitions for their respective teams, which is even more impressive considering the limited amount of bonding time they had with their new quarterbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diggs' stats are eerily similar to Hopkins through 11 games.

Totals Table
Rk Player Year G Rec Yds TD Y/R Lng
1Stefon Diggs20201180945411.849
2DeAndre Hopkins20201177967412.660
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Generated 12/3/2020.

However, the Minnesota Vikings aren't kicking themselves as much as the Texans are, considering Diggs' replacement is doing pretty well for himself. Rookie Justin Jefferson has 918 yards through 11 games, which is good for the third-highest yardage total in NFL history within that span.

Query Results Table
Rk Player Age Year Lg Tm G Rec Yds Y/R TD
1Odell Beckham Jr.212014NFLNYG1179112014.1811
2Anquan Boldin232003NFLCRD116699915.146
3Justin Jefferson 212020NFLMIN115291817.656
4Marques Colston232006NFLNOR115991715.547
5Mike Evans212014NFLTAM115389016.798
6Amari Cooper212015NFLRAI115885114.674
7Randy Moss*211998NFLMIN114485119.348
8Keenan Allen212013NFLSDG115884314.533
9A.J. Green232011NFLCIN115083216.647
10Michael Clayton222004NFLTAM116082813.803
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Generated 12/3/2020.

One player who isn't leading his position in votes? Surprisingly (or not), Yannick Ngakoue.

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