In his second season since being drafted in the first round, Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins' development seems to have taken a major step. The sure-handed leaping catches he made so often in college are becoming a staple of training camp.
Hopkins' issues last season weren't based so much on ability as they were on precision. He seems on the right track this season. Andre Johnson said it's clear Hopkins is playing with a lot of confidence, something that's critical for a receiver. What's even better is that his chemistry with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is improving regularly.
Hopkins finished as the #50 WR in 2013, posting 52 catches for 802 yards and two touchdowns, a solid season for a rookie wideout playing along an established veteran like Andre Johnson. He should continue to progress in his second season, but is dealing with a new offense and a new QB, so there are no guarantees.