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.
Hopkins has caught 128 passes for 2,012 yards and eight touchdowns while playing with a carousel of quarterbacks. In Johnson's first two years, playing mainly with quarterback David Carr, he hauled in 145 balls for 2,118 yards and 10 scores.
Hopkins bested Johnson in yards per catch (15.7 to 14.6) but had 360 fewer yards after the catch.
Hopkins won't turn 23 until June. With Johnson slowing down at age 33 -- he averaged 62.4 receiving yards, lowest since 2005 -- Hopkins enters 2015 as the team's most explosive option, a solid bet to lead Houston in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Hopkins did complete 2014 with 76 receptions for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns.
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