With some eye-popping catches, DeAndre Hopkins made his training camp debut at Monday morning's practice.
"Being out here with my teammates and coaches, it's the best thing I could think about doing right now," Hopkins said Monday. "I love playing football."
The Pro Bowl wide receiver was reinstated from the Reserve/Did Not Report list to the active roster after missing the opening day of camp. Hopkins rejoined his teammates and even caught a few touchdown passes from quarterback Brock Osweiler.
"Anytime you have the leader of that group out there, no question that it's important," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "You can see out there today. He's talking to (Will) Fuller V, talking to Braxton (Miller) and other guys, Wendall Williams, about different things in the offense, how to lineup, how we run certain drills. Anytime you have that presence, that's something that's really good for your team."
Hopkins, now entering his third season, did not discuss his contract situation but did offer that he did what he felt was best for him and his family. Hopkins was in good spirits following his return to the Texans practice field and optimistic about what the future held for him.
"I play football for a living," Hopkins said. "That's my job. I love coming out here and being with my teammates. I just have to keep working. I know it'll come. I'm not rushing it. I know it'll happen one day."
The Texans continue training camp with practice on Tuesday beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Houston Methodist Training Center.