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  • The best way to get Hopkins free more is put him some bunch formations, put him in motion, and let him operate out of the slot. This will eliminate the jam at the line of scrimmage.
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      Deandre Hopkins now has the most receiving yards by any #Texans receiver in his first four seasons.
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      • Deandre Hopkins @Nukdabomb
        Dam I love my coach!
        Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
        Q: What do you think happened to WR DeAndre Hopkins last season that didn’t allow him to put up big numbers?

        Bill O'Brien: “...yeah the production dropped off a little bit but it wasn’t anything that he did.”
        I don't think there's a love affair going on between the front office and Bill O'Brien, good chance of a mutual separation after 2017. -- Lance Zierlein and Jayson Braddock

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        • Originally posted by Texanballer View Post
          The best way to get Hopkins free more is put him some bunch formations, put him in motion, and let him operate out of the slot. This will eliminate the jam at the line of scrimmage.
          I'm not sure you really need to get him free, you just need a qb that can throw a catchable ball for him. But I agree with your points and also think that would help to get him more involved. I like using motion to lure the defense away from the play. I do not like the way the Texans put a guy in motion and 90% of the time the ball goes to the guy in motion where the defense just shifted to. I'd like to see a 50/50 split of using motion to deflect attention and draw defenders away from the line of attack. I think bunch formations would work as long as it isn't the WR screen that has been abysmal at best even though we did run it better this season than last. I'm not sure a slot guy will get a free run but I think moving Hopkins around and letting him work the middle would be a good addition to his game.
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          • Texans' DeAndre Hopkins says Brock Osweiler will prove critics wrong

            By John McClain
            Receiver DeAndre Hopkins had nothing but good things to say Friday about former Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler.

            After one season in Houston, Osweiler was traded to Cleveland on Thursday, leaving the Texans with two quarterbacks, Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden.

            "Brock was a great teammate," Hopkins said after an appearance at Wisdom High School, where he spoke to students about domestic violence. "I wish him the best.

            "He has a lot that he can prove in this league. I know he's going to prove everybody wrong."

            The Texans are in the market for another quarterback, possibly Tony Romo. They're also expected to use a high draft choice on a quarterback. As it stands now, Savage is first on the depth chart and would have been even if Osweiler had remained on the roster.

            "Savage has a lot of motivation right now, from injuries to being the backup to getting his chance," Hopkins said. "If there's one guy in that locker room I can say is hungry to play football, it's him for sure.

            "Everybody has confidence in Tom. We've seen what he can do in the offseason and when he was healthy, how he worked when he was the starter. When he got his chance, he won the game for us (Jacksonville). That didn't surprise anybody in the locker room."

            Hopkins was asked about the possibility of playing with Romo.

            "I don't really think about those possibilities," he said. "The way I think is how I'm going to become a better player to help my team next season.

            "(General manager) Rick Smith is one of the best in the game. He knows his job. I have no doubt that they'll do what's best for the Texans organization."

            Hopkins is expected to get a contract extension this season. He's got one year left on his deal. There's nothing imminent.

            "That's up to my agency, CAA, and the Texans," he said. "It's up to the Texans and CAA as to when they get a contract done. The only thing I can do is to be prepared to help my team.

            "This is a great city. I love the fans here. I don't worry about money or contract talk. To me, it's about winning."

            During his appearance at Wisdom High School, Hopkins told the students how his father died when he was 6 months and how his mother suffered after acid was thrown in her face.

            Hopkins spends a lot of time speaking to kids about domestic violence and other issues.

            "This means a lot," he said. "This platform I have (allows me to) touch kids like this. It's special to me to come here and these kids listen to me. Part of being a player is trying to affect the community you're in and helping people. If there's one kid I can help, I feel like I did my job.

            "My family stuck together. My mom made sure all her kids went to college. My mother got the courage to speak to hundreds of people about her story. I knew if she could do it I could do it, too."
            I don't think there's a love affair going on between the front office and Bill O'Brien, good chance of a mutual separation after 2017. -- Lance Zierlein and Jayson Braddock

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            • DHop sent a message to AJ after he left for Jax.

              "I hope you are covering me this year because Ramsey couldn't"

              Challenge I see
              JJ Watt & Co ready to destroy

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              • Hopkins delivers powerful message

                DeAndre Hopkins usually lets his big plays on the football field do all the talking for him. Last week, the Texans Pro Bowl wide receiver opened up about a personal experience in a way he has never done before.

                Standing before a large assembly of students at Wisdom High School, Hopkins spoke about the lasting effects of domestic abuse.

                “I’m 24 years old,” Hopkins said. “I’ve been playing sports since I was eight years old. At the age of 12, my mother was physically assaulted and left blind, left for dead.”

                Hopkins went on to recount the story about the arguments he recalled between his mother and her boyfriend. His mother became the victim of a horrific attack, where another woman dating the same man threw acid on her face. The woman received 20 years in jail as punishment and Hopkins’ mother, despite , extensive skin grafts and treatment, sustained permanent damage.

                “It left her blind in both eyes,” Hopkins said. “So, since the age of 12, my mother has never seen me play a football game or a basketball game. Domestic violence is something that’s deeper than just the word domestic violence to some.”

                Hopkins emphasized the importance of not only recognizing signs of abuse, whether physical or verbal, but for students to report any behavior that seemed out of the ordinary. By sharing his experience, he hoped others would see the long-term impact of domestic abuse.

                "It’s an ongoing battle, but we’ve overcome it and we still have got a lot to do in life," Hopkins said. "All of you all in here, it might not hit you. It might not be your family that’s in a domestic violence relationship. It might be the next-door neighbors that you hear arguing everyday. I know you all are young and you all like to go by the rule, ‘No snitching’ but it’s really not about that. It’s deeper than that. It’s about somebody being affected long-term.”

                Hopkins spoke to the students on behalf of AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse), a Houston-area organization that provides free legal aid and counseling to victims of abuse. His partnership with AVDA began last year, when Hopkins pledged $1,000 for each touchdown he scored in October, which was Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
                I don't think there's a love affair going on between the front office and Bill O'Brien, good chance of a mutual separation after 2017. -- Lance Zierlein and Jayson Braddock

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                • What might a DeAndre Hopkins contract extension look like?


                  By Aaron Wilson
                  DeAndre Hopkins' steady production and acrobatic ability to snag passes through the air have earned him a reputation as one of the top wide receivers in the NFL.

                  The Texans' Pro Bowl receiver is expected to eventually cash in with a blockbuster contract this offseason. The timing and how rich that deal ultimately will be remains to be determined.

                  No deal is imminent for Hopkins, but it's something that's expected to happen eventually. Not that he seems worried about it at all.

                  "I'm out here focusing on making this team better," Hopkins said. "I'm still under contract. So, I don't know. When you grow up how I grew up – with nothing – anything that you have is a lot. So, I'm blessed to even be here and I'm fortunate to be in this situation – to have what I have right now."

                  The most significant wide receiver deal of this offseason was signed by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brown received a four-year, $68 million deal that included a $19 million signing bonus for an average annual salary of $17 million.

                  The financial stratosphere for a wide receiver like Hopkins is a rich neighborhood, including upper echelon deals for the Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones (five years, $71.256 million, $12 million signing bonus, $47 million guaranteed), the Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant (five years, $70 million, $20 million signing bonus, $45 million guaranteed) and the Broncos' Demaryius Thomas (five years, $70 million, $11 million signing bonus, $43.5 million guaranteed).

                  Plus, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is playing under a $70.181 million contract that included $60 million in new money in a four-year contract extension that featured a $15 million signing bonus.

                  "Fortunately for Houston, nobody really moved the receiver market in a meaningful way this offseason," said former NFL agent Joel Corry, who writes about the business of football for CBS Sports. "Hopkins will probably get paid eventually in the same tier as Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. He may want a little more because of how the Antonio Brown deal came in. There's usually a trickle-down effect, but nobody really benefited from it at the receiver position during free agency."

                  Hopkins is entering a fifth-year option season and is due $7.915 million this season.

                  Texans general manager Rick Smith said this offseason the Texans plan to sign Hopkins to a long-term deal.

                  "When that happens is up for debate, but he's definitely in our plans," Smith said. "He's an excellent young football player and we certainly want to continue to build around him."
                  I don't think there's a love affair going on between the front office and Bill O'Brien, good chance of a mutual separation after 2017. -- Lance Zierlein and Jayson Braddock

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