Houston Texans rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has passed concussion tests, and has been cleared to play week one against the Chargers. The most recent concussion is his second recorded after he also suffered one during a car accident in college. Houston drafted Hopkins in the first round of the 2013 draft from Clemson to start opposite veteran Andre Johnson.
Immediately Hopkins made an impact and has the Texans coaching staff providing rave reviews for the rookie wideout. Texans wide receiver coach Larry Kirksey had this to say after the teams offseason workouts.
I was happy to see how he grasps the things we ask him to do. He studied what we gave him from the book, and then he went out and his athletic ability took over, and he was able to make plays. He's just got to continue to do that.
Hopkins continued to improve throughout training camp and then into the preseason. In the Texans first preseason game all Hopkins did was catch four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Prior to the concussion week two against the Dolphins Hopkins already has two receptions for 22 yards in the game.
Houston who already has one of the leagues best running back duo's with Arian Foster and Ben Tate, could also have one of the best wide receiver combinations with Johnson and Hopkins. Look for everyone in the offense to benefit from having another viable receiver option which the team has always lacked. If Hopkins small sample is any indication we're looking at the emergence of a great NFL receiver.
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