DeAndre Hopkins arrived to NRG Stadium at start of the Houston Texans off-season workouts today. Entering the final season of his contract, people outside of the organization are beginning to focus on whether and when the Texans are going to lock him up for the long term.
“Not that I know of,” said Hopkins on whether there are any new developments on his deal. “I am out here focusing on making this team better. I am still under contract.”
Hopkins is entering his final season of his rookie deal and is scheduled to make $7.9 million in 2017. Hopkins, who held out last season at the start of training camp, appears to have a different mentality on his current contract situation.
“When you grow up how I grew up with nothing, anything that you have is a lot,” Hopkins explained. “I am blessed to be here, fortunate to be in this situation, to have what I have right now.”
Questions mounted about Hopkins’ “down” season in 2016, when he caught 78 passes for 954 yards and 4 touchdowns. The decline in numbers came after two consecutive seasons with over 1,200 yards and a total of 17 receiving touchdowns over the two seasons.
“Down season? It is a team sport, it is not one player out there playing,” Hopkins explained of his 2016 season. “I did my job to get our team last year to where we got, even though we didn’t get the success we wanted. We still had a pretty good season and won a division. It is not easy to win a division in this league.”
Media even questioned head coach Bill O’Brien about Hopkins 2016 season and O'Brien took exception to the idea that Hopkins' play was slipping.
Hopkins appreciated O’Brien having his back at the NFL Combine.
“It is great when you have a coach like this always on your side,” Hopkins said of O’Brien. “To have a coach like that on your side all the time, it spreads through the locker room.”
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