HOUSTON -- Just 24 percent of quarterback Brock Osweiler's passes this season have been intended for Houston Texans Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins, which is significantly down from the 2015 season.
Of the 33 throws Osweiler has sent in Hopkins' direction, though, five have been intercepted, a percentage the quarterback would like to see decrease.
During Sunday's victory over the Tennessee Titans, Osweiler threw two interceptions, both intended for Hopkins. Osweiler said on Wednesday that it isn't necessarily a case of forcing the ball to Hopkins. Instead, he said he just needs to make more accurate throws to the Pro Bowl receiver.
"I wouldn't call it trying to force the ball to Hop. I would call it I need to make a more accurate throw," Osweiler said. "There is a fine line of do you try to force your No. 1 wide receiver the football? But in those cases I don't think we were forcing anything, I just think I need to make better decisions and throw more accurate footballs."
Hopkins has 17 catches on 33 targets for 227 yards through the first quarter of the season. In the first four games last year, he had 31 catches and 60 targets for 409 yards and three touchdowns.
In the midst of his first season in Houston, Osweiler has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 949 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions.
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien reiterated that he is not concerned with Osweiler's six interceptions, because when he watched film of them, there were "a couple that haven't been good decisions that we have to clean up," and some that were a product of a bad play-call.
"'Am I concerned?' No, I’m not," O'Brien said. "I believe that it will get fixed. I think that overall Brock has played well for us. Other than the two interceptions, I thought the guy played a good football game for us (against Tennessee). Got us into the right plays, good tempo, so we just need to stop turning the ball over and I think a lot goes into that. Not just one player."