Houston Texans Look For Rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins To Start Week 1

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The Houston Texans have been lacking a second deep threat to complement WR Andre Johnson for a few seasons, but they made a big splash by using a first round pick to grab Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins in the draft. While it’s still early, it looks like a great move by the Texans.

Hopkins looked great in Houston’s rookie minicamp and continues to impress this week at OTAs.

Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is pleased with the pick and the direction it can move his offense in, but the most glaring praise comes from defensive coordinator Wade Phillips as he said:

“He looks good. The guy catches everything, and that’s the first thing you look for in a receiver, that he catches the ball really well. He’s made some great catches in practice, so we’re impressed with him.”

Hopkins was touted as the most game-ready offensive player available in the draft. It would be surprising if he weren’t number two on the depth chart as the Texans head west to take on the San Diego Chargers in week one.

With the progress being made by the rookie wideout, it should do wonders for the Texans’ down field threat.

The addition of Hopkins is going to open up the field for Johnson and make life substantially easier for QB Matt Schaub.

Coach Gary Kubiak has reason to be excited about the new offensive addition. The Texans should improve in the pass game, maintain their dangerous ground attack, and have an offense to concern the rest of the NFL.

Jason Weingartner is an NBA and NFL contributor for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @JaWeingartner or add him to your network on Google.


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