Found August 09, 2013 on Fox Sports:
DeAndre Hopkins and Cordarrelle Patterson both showed off their first-round talent. Hopkins caught a 34-yard touchdown pass for the Houston Texans in a 27-13 preseason victory on Friday over Minnesota. The Vikings also showcased their rookie wide receiver, too, during a flashy first half by Patterson. Hopkins, the 27th overall pick in the draft, had four receptions for 52 yards. Patterson, taken two slots later, caught four passes for 54 yards and returned the opening kickoff 50 yards. Christian Ponder connected with Jerome Simpson for 15 yards right after that, but when he went back to Simpson on the next play the throw was a bit high and bounced off Simpson's hands and into Shiloh Keo's for an interception. Ponder, entering a critical third season for his future as Minnesota's quarterback, only took those two snaps. Matt Cassel came in next and finished 12 for 19 for 212 yards. He was picked off by Eddie Pleasant when he tried to throw across his body while rolli...

Houston Texans open preseason with win over the Vikings

After a long off season the NFL has returned and the preseason is now in full swing for every team I’m the league. The Texans opened up their campaign against 1 of the 4 teams that actually beat them last season in the Vikings. There was plenty to watch for during the game. Whether it was the battle at RB to determine who’ll take the teams 3rd and final RB spot, or maybe you...

DeAndre Hopkins Scores TD in Preseason Opener

Houston rookie wideout DeAndre Hopkins caught four balls for 52 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown, in the Texans' exhibition opener.Fantasy Spin:Hopkins had a huge season at Clemson, putting up 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. He's not super fast, but a good route runner who can separate from the defender. He'll see a lot of one-on-one coverage opposite...

Cordarrelle Patterson showed flashes at receiver and punt returner

The Minnesota Vikings traded four draft picks in this year’s draft to jump back into the first round to take receiver Cordarrelle Paterson with the 29th pick. During the Vikings’ first preseason game, Paterson proved the Vikings’ did the right thing. Patterson returned a punt 50 yards and also caught the ball 4 times for 54 yards. He did all of this in the first half. Whether...

Patterson impresses in Vikings debut

The Minnesota Vikings paid a hefty price to trade back into the first round in April to grab Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. General manager Rick Spielman believed Patterson's size, speed and ability to run after the catch would help the Vikings move on from star Percy Harvin, who was traded to Seattle. Patterson showed flashes of what intrigued the Vikings so much...

Texans prove too much for Vikings in opener

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- DeAndre Hopkins caught a 34-yard touchdown pass for the Houston Texans in a 27-13 preseason victory on Friday over the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings showcased their rookie wide receiver, too, during a flashy first half by Cordarrelle Patterson. Hopkins, the 27th overall pick in the draft, had four receptions for 52 yards. Patterson, taken two slots later, caught...

Rookie Receivers Shine in NFL Preseason Debut

It was the rookie show in Minneapolis Friday evening when Cordarrelle Patterson of the Minnesota Vikings and DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans—a pair of first round wide outs this past April—displayed their playmaking abilities. Photo Credit: Hopkins, the No. 27 overall selection, put points on the board to help the Texans defeat the Vikings, 27-13. “I...

Patterson, Hopkins highlight in Texans win

DeAndre Hopkins and Cordarrelle Patterson highlighted their team’s offensive performances in a 27-13 Houston win over the Vikings in the preseason NFL debuts for both receivers.

Notebook: Patterson progressing, impressing

Cordarrelle Patterson says he still has a long way to go, but he was impressive in his preseason debut, leading the Vikings in receiving. Plus, get a dozen notes that help tell the tale of the game.

Texans excited about young receivers

The Houston Texans got a first look at first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins in their preseason opener Friday night. But they also had some nice performances by other young receivers, giving them reason to believe that the group behind star Andre Johnson will be much stronger this season. Johnson didn't play against the Vikings, giving the young players a chance to shine. Lestar...

VIDEO: Patterson discusses impressive debut

Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson made an immediate positive impression, taking the opening kickoff 50 yards and leading the Vikings in receptions.

Texans vs. Vikings Preseason Game: 5 Things We Learned

The Minnesota Vikings hosted the Houston Texans in their preseason opener on Friday night.Neither team played their star players much in the preseason tilt, but let's take a look at five things we learned from the players that did get some real playing time.DeAndre Hopkins is for realThe Texans selected rookie wideout DeAndre Hopkins with the 27th overall pick in the draft to...

Cordarrelle Patterson impresses Vikings in pro debut Minnesota Vikings 29th overall pick Cordarrelle Patterson impressed his coaches and teammates in preseason debut Friday night. Patterson had four catches for 54 yards in addition to a 50-yard return in the Vikings’ 27-13 loss to the Houston Texans. “We felt like he was going to have a chance to be a good returner 

Key matchup: Whose debut will be better?

The Vikings don’t care much about their opponent. They are focused on themselves, and the debuts of Sharrif Floyd and Cordarrelle Patterson will be closely followed by coaches and fans alike.
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