Texans general manager Rick Smith said the team is intent on re-signing Hopkins, houstontexans.com reports. The Texans long ago made the obvious decision to exercise the fifth-year option on Hopkins' rookie contract, locking him in at a team-friendly salary of $7.915 million for 2017. Though a disappointing 2016 season may have slightly reduced his value, the 24-year-old still figures to seek a long-term extension that pays him like the No. 1 wide receiver he is. The Texans likely will be amenable to discussion, as it's hard to argue that Hopkins' down season wasn't largely a result of poor quarterback play. He's yet to miss a game through four NFL seasons, catching 317 passes for 4,487 yards and 23 touchdowns while playing alongside a slew of sub-par quarterbacks.
Hopkins snagged six of nine targets for 65 yards in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round loss to the Patriots. The fourth-year pro led the Texans in receptions, targets and yards on the night, turning in his second consecutive solid postseason performance. After enduring a disappointing statistical season that was heavily influenced by the struggles of Brock Osweiler behind center, Hopkins and his quarterback appeared to have improved rapport during Houston's two playoff games. The 24-year-old saw a combined 18 targets from Osweiler during the pair of postseason tilts, converting 11 of them into receptions, including one touchdown. The two will likely head into the offseason looking to put in some extra time together with the goal of producing mutual bounce-back seasons in 2017.
Hopkins (knee) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday night's playoff game against the Patriots. Though listed as a limited practice participant this week, Hopkins' status for the game was never in much doubt. Hopkins, who has a combined 190 receiving yards over his last two outings, figures to be busy Saturday, especially in the event that the Texans end up in catch-up mode against a well-rested and heavily-favored New England squad.
Hopkins (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday. We'll have to see how the Texans officially list Hopkins for Saturday's game against the Patriots, but per the Houston Chronicle, the wideout is downplaying his knee issue and is expected to play this weekend. With that in mind, when asked about his knee Thursday, Hopkins indicated that "it's excellent."
Hopkins was limited in practice Wednesday due to a knee injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The emergence of Hopkins on the injury report is slightly surprising, considering there was no mention of a knee aliment over the past week. However, the No. 1 wideout is still expected to play Saturday against the Patriots. His limited status may be more of a precautionary measure taken by the team, but look for updates to come in the next few days.
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