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Andre Johnson to have MRI on shin
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 8:48pm
Johnson suffered the injury in the second quarter. After having X-rays that returned negative at halftime, Johnson did not remain in the game for long.
"I watched him the first play, we threw the ball the first play, and I wanted to see him run," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "I did not think he could run the way he needs to ... so we took him out."
DeAndre Hopkins led the way again as Johnson has failed to finish a game the last two weeks.
Andre Johnson to get concussion tests
Sunday, September 15, 2013, 8:32pm
Johnson was injured while making a 21-yard catch just before the two-minute warning in the second half against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Cornerback Jason McCourty was covering him and safety Bernard Pollard joined the tackle, hitting Johnson in the head area.
Johnson's head also hit the ground hard as he fell.
TE Owen Daniels was quoted in the story saying that Johnson said he will be fine, and that he wanted to reenter but protocol said he couldn't. Daniels could be in store for more work if Johnson misses time and WR2 DeAndre Hopkins, who had a breakout game, would likely get more targets as well.
DeAndre Hopkins cleared to play
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 1:03pm
Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the rookie who suffered a concussion in the preseason, has passed all the tests as part of the NFL’s concussion protocol and is ready to go for the Monday opener against the Chargers, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
He'll be in the starting lineup on Monday Night Football against San Diego. Hopkins is expected to play an important role in the passing game opposite Andre Johnson and drew positive reviews for his hard work in training camp.
DeAndre Hopkins suffers concussion
Sunday, August 18, 2013, 8:33am
After the game, Texans coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Hopkins did sustain a concussion and appeared disoriented on the field.
"He didn't run the route, didn't get his depth, was just stumbling all over the place," Kubiak said, via The Associated Press. "So we got him out."
Hopkins will have to go through protocol to get back on the field and it's likely he misses preseason game 3, the story said. However, he's still expected to keep the WR2 job across from Andre Johnson. Various early predictions said he could haul in up to 60 passes this season. He's a late-round sleeper option.
Beat: DeAndre Hopkins should catch 52-60 passes
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 10:54pm
DeAndre Hopkins came into the draft as the WR whom I believed was the most NFL-ready of the early round players. "Nuk" has solid hands, has enough game speed to get behind defenses and he's showing that his ability to get out of his breaks is creating separation that the Texans didn't usually see with Kevin Walter. While it is very early into camp and the pressure will ratchet up, the thing that has impressed me most with Hopkins is that he looks very comfortable on the field and he doesn't appear to be pressing much at all.
In one-on-one drills against the CBs, Hopkins made an difficult grab in the corner of the endzone with Roc Carmichael hanging all over him. In the team portion down during redzone scrimmage against the defensive starters, Hopkins ran an out that shook Johnathan Joseph and created enough space for Matt Schaub to make a comfortable throw before Hopkins went out near the goal line. Hopkins ability to threaten defenses down the field, with quick-release fades near the end zone and over the middle should give the Texans as potent a passing attack as we have seen over the last 2 or 3 season.
For fantasy football owners out there who are devouring everything they can in preparation for their drafts/auctions, anything less than 50 catches for Hopkins would seem disappointing to me at this early stage. In reality, I think 52-60 catches is a very reasonable goal for Hopkins and I could see him with even more if Schaub continues to develop confidence in the young wideout throughout camp and in the pre-season.
We currently have Hopkins projected for 58 catches for 858 yards and 4.5 TDs, which is right in line with Zierlein's prediction. He's an interesting WR4 that's going in the early double-digit rounds.
DeAndre Hopkins is picking up the offense
Friday, July 12, 2013, 9:04pm
Wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey on rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins:
“I just think the kid’s a very talented young man. He’s got good size, good range, and outstanding ball skills. He works. From day one, every pass he caught he sprinted not 10, not 20, 30 but 40, 50 yards down the field after the catch. That’s what we ask for in our receivers. I think he’s off to a great start from that standpoint.
"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."
Other than perhaps Tavon Austin, DeAndre Hopkins has the clearest path to major snaps and targets of all the rookies in the class of 2013. The Texans desperately need a threat opposite an aging Andre Johnson, which is why the Texans used a first round pick on Hopkins. He's currently our #45 WR in standard formats.