After completing a good rookie season for the Houston Texans, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is setting the bar higher this season for himself. Hopkins is looking to have a break out year for the Texans, but has miles to go before he sleeps.
I’m nowhere close to where I want to be," Hopkins said on Wednesday after OTA's. "Not even close. I have a lot of things I need to work on and I’m doing that this offseason."
Still no Andre Johnson present at OTA's, it's a great opportunity for Hopkins to get in as many reps with the quarterbacks and the offensive coaching staff as possible, before pre-season and the regular season begin.
Hopkins feels like it's his second rookie year, with learning a new playbook, getting to know coaches, and some new players.
"It’s a new playbook, you have to refocus, you have to do everything you did your rookie year all over again, but I feel like I know how to prepare better than last year, just going out and learning from Andre Johnson and doing things like that, and I feel like I’m becoming a better player overall,” he said.
Thus far O'Brien is impressed with the second year WR, and looks for great things this season from him.
“He’s a young player. This is a brand new system for him so it’s difficult because he had a rookie year, now he’s having to learn a new system. I think he’s working really hard. He takes the coaching well. He’s a big guy. He’s a physical player," said O'Brien.
Hopkins completed his rookie season with 802 yards, two touchdowns while averaging over 15 yards per reception.
Once Johnson returns and finds his groove, the Texans could have one of the best wide receiver combos in the league.