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“I’m expecting it right off the get-go,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday after being asked how quickly Hopkins might be ready for a big role. “He’s going in there, he’s gonna get the reps. It’s gonna be a very competitive situation, but we took him there because we expect him to play very, very early and touch (the ball).
“This guy’s on his way to being a pro already, and we’ve got to help him get there real fast.”
Hopkins joins a Texans receiving corps that, aside from
“We love this guy,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said. “He is a guy who we thought could best come into this situation and help us the quickest, and not only quickly but this guy can evolve and develop into quite a player.”
The only Texans first-round picks who did not start in Week 1 were defensive tackle Travis Johnson in 2005 and linebacker
Hopkins was the first receiver drafted in the first round by the Texans since Andre Johnson in 2003. Kubiak said Hopkins reminds him a little bit of Johnson off the field and Denver Broncos great Rod Smith on the field.
“He’s very productive,” Kubiak said. “The thing that I like about him, he played big-time ball. I like his progression in his career, watching him get better each year as you go back and look at him statistically. Then, I like when the lights got really big, this guy got very competitive. LSU, the bowl game, stands out to me. He’s got a big, big upside; I think he’s still on the come. He really didn’t play in an offense that threw the ball a great deal.
“He reminds me of Andre a little but from the standpoint of he’s quiet, he’s confident, knows what he wants to do. Hopefully, we’ll get him headed in that direction.”