Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins isn’t resting on what he did last season to be named No. 11 on the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2019.
Hopkins thinks that the offense can reach another gear in 2019, as quarterback Deshaun Watson is another year wiser in the league, and fellow receivers Will Fuller and Keke Coutee come into camp healthy.
As for the first week of training camp, Hopkins said on Monday that he continues to have strong personal goals.
“Just trying to win every ball,” he said. “Coming out here, competing. That’s where it starts. I really don’t think about the future. So, I take it day by day. Just seeing what I can work on every day.”
Looking at the highlight-reel catches Hopkins made last season, it’s pretty remarkable to think what he needs to work on last year. He had the most receptions without a drop in 2019 with 115.
And if Fuller and Coutee can remain healthy throughout the season, that could also help the offense to not only become a potent unit, but take some of the pressure off of Hopkins.
“Very potent. I feel like we showed what we can do last year together, even when we weren’t together,” Hopkins said. “So, real good. Real good.”
And now, Hopkins has a future Hall-of-Famer working on the Texans’ staff. Andre Johnson is the team’s special adviser to head coach Bill O’Brien, and is working with the wide receivers to get better.
“It’s cool, it’s cool. That’s my big brother,” Hopkins said of Johnson. “I’m trying to break every record he has, so, the yards.”
As training camp continues, Hopkins is trying to instill a level of confidence in a team that needs it, especially coming from one of the top players in the league.
“I feel like everybody who plays football should have that as their goal to win championships,” he said. “If you don’t, then there’s no need to come to practice. I feel like that’s the mindset of every football player. Not just mine.”