Before the draft, Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson said that he wanted to see the team use its first-round pick on a wide receiver to play opposite him in hopes of creating a bigger threat for opposing defenses.
The Texans made Johnson’s wish come true by drafting DeAndre Hopkins and they’ve wasted no time making it clear that they expect Hopkins to play a major role in the offense from the very start of his professional career. Johnson is paying the team back for listening to his plea by doing what he can to help Hopkins live up to those expectations.
“I try to help as much as I can with him and all the other young guys,” Johnson said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “I guess he gets it a little bit more because he sits next to me in meetings. It’s just (some) plays that he sometimes gets confused with. Most of the time, he knows what he’s doing. But you’re going to have questions with the system being new for him. He’ll continue to get better and better.”
Getting Hopkins up to speed quickly would be a good thing for the Texans as a team and likely for Johnson as an individual as well. If defenses have someone else to concentrate on in the passing game, it will lead to more advantageous situations for Johnson to turn into big gains and points for Houston.