“I’m nowhere close to where I want to be," Hopkins said on Wednesday. "Not even close. I have a lot of things I need to work on and I’m doing that this offseason."
Specifically, Hopkins wants to keep defenders on their toes against him. He wants to add a layer of unpredictability to his running, keeping defensive backs off-balance and unsure of where he will end up on his route.
Now entering his second year, Hopkins should be building on what he learned last season. With a new coaching staff, new system, and new group of quarterbacks, it feels like last year, learning a whole new scheme all over again under head coach Bill O’Brien.
Despite only experiencing two career NFL wins last year, the Texans 2013 first-round draft pick finished his rookie campaign averaging 15.4 yards per receptions for 802 yards and two touchdowns. He feels he learned how to prepare and practice at a high level earning high praise from O’Brien.
“He’s a hard worker,” O’Brien said. “He’s a young player. This is a brand new system for him so it’s difficult because he had a rookie year, now he’s having to learn a new system. I think he’s working really hard. He takes the coaching well. He’s a big guy. He’s a physical player. He’s learning a new way of doing things relative to our offense and I think he comes out there and tries to get better every day.”