Hopkins Making Early Impact In Houston



By Sports Department

HOUSTON (AP) -- First-round pick DeAndre Hopkins took the field for the first time with Andre Johnson Monday, the star receiver that Hopkins was brought in to complement with his big-play ability.

“I’m not thinking too much about it, I’m thinking through it,” Hopkins said. “I’m trying to make everything perfect.”

Hopkins, a former Clemson standout, impressed coaches at last weekend’s rookie minicamp and Johnson said Hopkins has been a quick study this week.

“He seems to know everything,” Johnson said. “I haven’t seen him make any mistakes as far as lining up or anything like that and he hasn’t busted any plays. It’s all been positive so far.”

Quarterback Matt Schaub, who missed OTAs last year as he recovered from a broken foot, said Hopkins already carries himself like a veteran.

“It’s only day one out here, but you see that he’s not got the ‘deer in the headlights’ look,” Schaub said. “He’s ready to go and is very positive and just works hard.”

With the addition of Hopkins, Johnson thinks the Texans will have the best collection of receivers in his time in Houston. Hopkins joined Lestar Jean, an undrafted free agent in 2011, and 2012 draft pick Keshawn Martin in Monday’s drills.

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