Though Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak described the morning quarterback play as not throwing the ball well, the wide receivers took to the media following the sixth morning practice of the Texans’ training camp.
Houston needs others besides Andre Johnson to step up this season.
As written many times, rookie DeAndre Hopkins will play opposite of the vetern Johnson, as Kubiak said to the Houston media Wednesday that Hopkins is the starter.
“He’ll go as a starter,” Kubiak said of Hopkins this preseason. “He’s going to play more than your normal starter just because he’s so young. There’s so many guys we’ve got to look at too.
“There’s such a good battle going on after that with what’s happening on our team. So we’ve just got to make sure that we play those guys enough so we can make a good decision, but, yeah, he’ll play a little more than those other guys.”
Hopkins also spoke the the media following Wednesday’s practice, saying he doesn’t compare himself to anyone in the NFL.
“I wouldn’t compare myself to anybody in the NFL,” Hopkins said. “I feel like I’m my own special wide receiver. I feel like I can do a lot of different things that a lot of guys can’t.
“There are a lot of great receivers in the NFL, but I would put myself in my own category. I feel great physically. I’m following Andre’s (Johnson) routine off the field. He’s been in it for as long as he can so hopefully I’m just following in his footsteps.”
Kubiak was also pleased with Hopkins’ practice on Wednesday, being it was one of his better ones this week.
“He (Hopkins) had a really good practice,” the head coach said. “I understand he had a great one-on-one, (and) he’s getting better every day.
“(DeAndre) rolled his ankle a little bit, but kept going. That shows some toughness as a player. He’s made of the right stuff. It’s fun to watch his development right now.”
Johnson also spoke about his rookie teammate, speaking about how he works with Hopkins.
“(We) sit next to each other in the meeting room,” Johnson said. “Any time we are watching film or I see something, I just tell him like, ‘hey do this like this or change this up a little bit” and stuff like that.
“He’s willing to learn and he wants to be a great player and that’s what I love about him because he wants to be great. You know, you can’t ask for more than that. He comes out here, he works hard and that’s all you can ask for.”
(Quotes provided by media.houstontexans.com)