By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610

Houston (CBS Houston) – Houston Texans first-round draft pick DeAndre Hopkins is ready for his first chance to go to work in his first NFL preseason game, this Friday against Minnesota.

As the Texans continue to prepare for the much anticipated regular season; it’s what rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins can do to help this wide receiver corps and what this polished wideout will bring against the Vikings. Tuesday after training camp practice, Hopkins was asked about stepping on an NFL field for the first time, “It’s going to be great. It’s a dream come true, but I’m not really worried about that. As soon as I got out here the first day, all the dreams and stuff go out the window and it’s time to go to work.”

DeAndre Hopkins has quickly become the new player that everyone is talking about.  Whether it’s his daily one-handed catches, his active Twitter page or his respectful relationship with veteran and mentor Andre Johnson.

Johnson shared his praise on Hopkins, “He’s willing to learn. He wants to learn. He wants to know what makes him better and that’s a great thing. That’s what I love about him. He’s willing to work and he wants to know how to be great.”

Hopkins (6-1, 207), was the 27th overall pick in the draft and should offer immediate help as well as a weapon for quarterback Matt Schaub. “When I saw a tape of him after we drafted him, I realized we had a kid that had size, had speed, had exceptional catching radius,” Schaub said. “Go up and get the football and he’s demonstrated day-in and day-out out here so I’m excited to get him in a game environment when the defense doesn’t know what he’s going to be doing in his routes where as our defense kind has an idea of how we run our offense so I’m excited about that.”

The Texans open up their regular season, September 9th and this Friday will begin their preseason.

When Hopkins was asked about enjoying his moment in the NFL he said, “Of course I will, walking out there and just looking around, but once the game starts it’s game time and all that goes out the window.”

Follow Julie On Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi


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