And Hopkins hasn’t been surprised by his early success.
“I haven’t,” Hopkins said on Tuesday. “I expected to do everything that I’ve done.”
“I’m going against great competition, top-notch Pro Bowl competition out here,” Hopkins said. “So for those guys to say that, it’s an honor. They are making me work. Nothing is easy out here. A lot of guys talking about me making tough catches, but those guys are making a lot of plays on me as well.”
Friday night will bring a new challenge for Hopkins and the Texans, but it’s one that quarterback
“When I saw a tape of him after we drafted him, I realized we had a kid that had size, had speed, had exceptional catching radius,” Schaub said. “I’m excited to get him in a game environment when the defense doesn’t know what he’s going to be doing in his routes where as our defense kind has an idea of how we run our offense.”
At just 21 years of age, he’s the youngest player on the roster. But he hasn’t shown it so far, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.
During a Monday interview with the NFL Network’s Deion Sanders, receiver
“I can count on him,” Johnson said. “He’s showed a lot of promise. He’s a great talent. He’s making plays out here every day.”
When Hopkins and the Texans hit the turf at Mall of America Field in the Metrodome Friday evening, it will be a special moment, but not overwhelming.
“It’s going to be great,” Hopkins said. “It’s a dream come true, but I’m not really worried about that. As soon as I got out here the first day, all the dreams and stuff go out the window and it’s time to go to work.”