As the Houston Texans continue their work at training camp, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins perfects his craft heading into his sixth season. Hopkins inked a 5-year, $81 million deal prior to the start of last season and the talented pass target went on to reward the Texans with his best season as a professional. Now, with two days in the books for 2018 training camp, Hopkins is looking forward to getting back on the field.
“It feels great going into year six," Hopkins said on Friday at The Greenbrier. “New team, it’s exciting to see everybody back from the injuries we had last year and to see everybody out here running around. It feels good to see everybody out here.”
Hopkins was a bright spot on what was an unproductive 2017 season for the Texans who finished 4-12. Posting 96 receptions for 1,378 yards and a franchise record 13 receiving touchdowns, Hopkins held up his end of the bargain by producing at a high level. He is a believer in his ability and has deemed himself the best in the NFL.
“I definitely feel like I’m underrated,” Hopkins explained. “I think I’m the best receiver in the NFL so I’m always going to feel like that even if I have zero touchdowns.”
Hopkins continues to put the work in on and off the field to garner respect from his peers but he knows there are more than just those eyes on him. Embracing his role on the team, he knows that he is a role model to kids due to his position in life right now.
“I’m a role model to a lot of people, to a lot of kids,” Hopkins explained. “I always have to watch what I do off the field and be aware that I have a family, so whatever I do can jeopardize my family. On the field, it’s the same: go out there and ball. I don’t think about the contract. I’m thinking about catching the football and helping this team win.”
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