The Texans aren’t shy about putting pressure on first-rounder DeAndre Hopkins.
Before he got Hopkins on the field, head coach Gary Kubiak compared him to Andre Johnson and Rod Smith (whom he coached in Denver), setting a high bar for the rookie wide receiver.
After a three-day rookie minicamp which included several acrobatic catches, Kubiak kept the praise flowing.
“He’s special,” Kubiak said, via the team’s official website. “Ball skills are extremely special. Very long; long arms. Big hands; you saw the catch he made out here today. He’s going to help us early, and we know that, and that’s why we brought him here.”
While being the second-best receiver on the Texans roster behind Johnson isn’t a high bar to clear, they might be setting Hopkins up a bit here.
Certainly he’s talented, but the learning curve for rookie receivers is among the steepest of any position, and expecting him to dominate is unfair to the player, no matter how gifted he may be.