Houston Texans Notebook: DeAndre Hopkins Leaning on Wes Welker and Kareem Jackson on Helping the Younger Players

Notebook: DeAndre Hopkins likes that Wes Welker is here, Kareem Jackson on helping younger players and the Houston Texans' health.

Wes Welker is Here 

The addition of Wes Welker is going to pay early dividends for the Houston Texans starting with how he pushes his knowledge forth to current Texans wide receivers. Welker has been hands on with the receiver group, throwing passes and running drills with position coach John Perry. More importantly, they have to coaches for the position group. These coaches are teaching technique, working on route releases, and most specifically, focusing on the nuances on the technical side of the offensive scheme. Welker has shown not only in OTAs but also in rookie mini-camp that he is breaking out of his shell  as a player and coaching up players from his knowledge of working in the offense. 

DeAndre Hopkins is taking in what Welker is coaching and there is plenty of conversation going about football. The Texans wide receiver is taking it all in. 

“It’s great learning from a guy like Wes who has had experience in this league, who knows every aspect, not just from a player standpoint but also from a coach as of now,” Hopkins explained of his new coach. “He has played with some of the best, so having his knowledge out here helps a lot.”

It is clear that Welker is making his mark and his presence is being felt with the slot wide receivers and returners early this Spring. 

Kareem Jackson on Helping Younger Players at Camp

During practices, veterans on the team are open books for the younger players and Kareem Jackson is always doing what he can to help the younger players. Whether it is in the film room or on the field, Jackson makes sure he mentors those young teammates on how to be a professional with a focus on learning the defense so they can have a chance to make an impression on the coaching staff. 

“Just trying to help, first and foremost, pick up the defense, just kinda help them learn their jobs,” Jackson said of helping the rookie defensive backs. “Showing them little things that helped me when I was a little bit younger, stuff like that. The first thing is always for them to learn the defense and be accountable to the guys that are out here. Definitely trying to help them in that aspect.” 

With Jackson and Johnathan Joseph being the veterans of the secondary, they are doing plenty for themselves to get ready for the season but taking time to ensure they are passing knowledge to teammates. 

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The Texans Health 

Bill O’Brien is always aware of his team’s health and he knows the season is a good while away. He is not in the business of pushing players who are not feeling 100%, particularly this early in the offseason. There are a few players sitting out who are coming back from off-season surgery and some who have sore hamstrings and quads that are not deemed serious. Brian Cushing will likely be watching the majority of the OTAs from the sideline because the Texans are not going to push him until it is totally necessary. 

With some notable names sitting out early in OTAs like D'Onta ForemanWhitney MercilusC.J. Fiedorowicz and Braxton Miller, the Texans are going to ease their entire group of players who are coming back from any sort of an issue to be ready for training camp. 

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