DeAndre Hopkins Would Welcome Adrian Peterson to the Houston Texans

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins would welcome Adrian Peterson to the team with open arms.

DeAndre Hopkins, like many NFL players, is making the rounds at Radio Row during the week leading up to the Super Bowl and he is talking a multitude of subjects. Earlier in the off-season, current Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson mentioned that the Houston Texans would be on his short list to play if the Vikings released him this upcoming season.

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“He’s a great player. Why not?” Hopkins said to the Pioneer Press on Wednesday (Read Here). “Who wouldn’t want Adrian Peterson?” 

The Texans signed Lamar Miller prior to the 2016 season and Miller rushed for 1,073 yards with 6 total touchdowns while averaging 4 yards a carry. Miller had a career high 268 carries although injuries mounted for Miller as the season when on, causing him to miss two regular season games. 

“We’ve got (running back) Lamar Miller here, but I don’t think Lamar Miller would be opposed to having Adrian Peterson helping out in the backfield,” Hopkins added.

DeAndre Hopkins is close with Peterson, considering him a friend and what he called a “big brother." 

Peterson is coming off of an MCL injury which caused him to miss the majority for the 2016 season, putting his high cap number for the Vikings in 2017 as a potential liability for the team and making Peterson a candidate to be pushed aside in favor of cap savings. 

“Just knowing him and what he wants to do in this league, I don’t think this injury is going to stop him,” said Hopkins, of Peterson who is coming back from a knee injury.

The Texans are looking to improve their team and due diligence could lead them to Peterson, if he does indeed get cut by the Vikings. Hopkins would be the first to recruit him to the Texans. 

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