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DeAndre Hopkins "looking for challenges" in 2018

DeAndre Hopkins was an All-Pro on the field in 2017. The wide receiver's also an All-Pro in the meeting room and at practice.

Hopkins, who clocked in at 13 on the NFL Top 100 list, is one of the game's dynamic pass-catchers. After hauling in 96 passes for 1,378 yards and 13 scores, it might be tricky to coach a player of his caliber. But that's not the case for John Perry.

"The thing with DeAndre is he's very easy to coach because he's such a competitor," the wide receivers coach said. "One of the things is now in my fourth year, going into my fifth year here in the league is that you start to see that here's a guy that's looking for challenges on daily basis."

Hopkins, according to Perry, attacked OTAs and minicamp this May and June.

"This is my second spring with him and again, he doesn't miss any reps," Perry said. "Here we are in June and he's working as hard as if he's getting ready for the first game of the season, and that's what makes him a different guy."

Hopkins pinpointed an area in which he'd like to get better in 2018.

"I had a lot of drops last year in the beginning of the season," Hopkins said. "So, I feel like I probably could have had 100 catches if I would've caught a couple of balls at the beginning of the season, but starting off the game fast and just kind of getting into it from the get go for myself."

Over his first five seasons in the NFL, Hopkins has averaged 83 catches and 1,173 yards per year. He's already caught 36 touchdowns in his career.

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