HOUSTON – Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has spent all week out in Long Beach, California for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
This experience is definitely a much better time than enduring a 2-14 rookie season.
“It was like a bad dream, I wish I could wake up and not let it be the record that it was,” Hopkins told KHOU 11 Sports. “We learned from mistakes and we’re all human. At the end of the day we all have to wake up and keep doing our job.”
Hopkins’ first year in the NFL had some ups and downs. The high point of the year for the rookie came during a victory against the Tennessee Titans all the way back on September 15th. In that game, Hopkins caught a season high 7 passes and 117 yards including the game winning score.
For the year, Hopkins caught 52 passes for 802 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Now, the attention turns to 2014 and being an offensive player, the hiring of an offensive mind by his team is something Hopkins is very much looking forward to.
“I’m 100 percent behind the Texans organization in going out and getting a new coach like Coach O’Brien,” Hopkins said. “He turned the Penn State program around from where it was and he motivated those young guys to go out there and play so I’m extremely excited to go out and start working.”
Who he will work with though on the field is still in question. Hopkins saw success with both Matt Schaub and Case Keenum under center, catching a touchdown pass from each through the course of the year.
Still, the prevailing thought is that the team will draft a quarterback with the number one overall picks. Hopkins is glad that he won’t have to make that decision.
“If they take a quarterback, who do I think they should take? I can’t answer that question,” Hopkins said with smile. “I’m not going to be on the front of a news paper. They can’t go wrong drafting Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater or even Taj Boyd.”
While out in California, Hopkins has spent time with potential NFL Draft prospects, letting them know what they can expect at the NFL Combine.
“I’ve just been telling these guys ready to work,” Hopkins said. “They might be a rookie but I told them not to have that rookie mentality.”
Despite the lack of team success during his rookie year, Hopkins seems poised to be an impact player in years to come for the Texans.