Hopkins caught 76 passes for 1,210 yards last season despite working with four quarterbacks. The Texans' QB situation remains unsettled, but Hopkins is eager to make an impact.
"I'm going to demand the ball and make them (coaches and teammates) think I'm the (go-to) guy. That's always been my mentality every time I step on the field," Hopkins said.
Head coach Bill O'Brien told the media, "Yeah, I think Hop will be ready for training camp. I can see him being ready. I don’t know the date. Like, I can’t tell you if it’s going to be July 25th or the 27th or the 28th at 9:00 am when he’ll be ready. I don’t know, but I know that he’ll be out there at some point during training camp ready to go."
"He had a really productive year," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "The thing that we really like about Hop and that we want him to continue to do is his work ethic. He’s a hungry player. He works every single day. He came into the spring a year ago and he was learning the offense and thinking out there, then all of a sudden you could see all the work he put in and learning, he just took off."
Due to the departure of wide receiver Andre Johnson, the progression of Hopkins will be under the microscope as he is now the focal point of the passing offense.
"We just want to see him continue and progress," O'Brien said. "We think he can be one of the best, we think he is one of the best. We have a lot of confidence in him and we’re looking forward to seeing him progress when the offseason program starts."
In two years with the Texans, Hopkins has reeled in 128 receptions for 2012 yards and eight touchdowns.
With Andre Johnson now in Indy,
“He had a really good year last year and the sky’s the limit with Hop (Hopkins)," coach Bill O'Brien told NFL Network. "He’s an excellent young player who works extremely hard and we’re looking forward to putting together our whole receiving corps and he should be the leader of that.”
Hopkins led Houston with 1,210 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns last year. He has 128 catches for 2,012 yards and eight scores in his two NFL seasons.
Hopkins was listed on the Week 17 injury report with a wrist injury. The surgery placed a pin and rod into his wrist. Hopkins had to wear a cast, which was removed Saturday. He said the procedure was minor and he's a couple of weeks away from resuming normal activities.
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