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 Jean, who is playing in his second season after missing the entire 2011 season with an injury, led the group with six receptions for 52 yards, and Hopkins had four catches for 52 yards. Keshawn Martin also drew coach Gary Kubiak's attention by grabbing two passes for 30 yards.
''There were plenty of mistakes and we can get better,'' Kubiak said. ''But we have a lot of ability out there.''
Hopkins was the 27th pick overall out of Clemson and has impressed since the beginning of camp. The Texans were eager to see how he adjusted to game action, and he didn't disappoint, making a leaping catch to snag a 34-yard ...