HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – DeAndre Hopkins often talks about the mentorship he received from Andre Johnson during his first two years in the NFL. Now as the elder statesman on the Texans wide receiving core that included rookies Will Fuller and Braxton Miller in 2016.
With Miller and Fuller returning for their second season the Texans are looking for the pair to show signs of improvement. For Hopkins, he’s appreciating Fuller and Miller’s attentiveness and desire to succeed.
“Braxton (Miller) and Will (Fuller) – they had a good offseason. I can tell the way they came out here today and worked,” Hopkins said on Monday at his media availability “They’re not guys that are just going to sit back and let you tell them things. They’re going to ask you questions. Kind of like how I did (with) Andre (Johnson).”
While H0pkins was complimentary of the work the pair has put in during the offseason, he specified there is still a lot of room for both to improve.
“They have a lot they can work on,” Hopkins added. ” I’m sure Will (Fuller) knows he dropped some key balls last year but as a rookie, you’re not going to be perfect. But, you want that to be in the back of your head so when that time comes again you can take advantage of the situation.”
Fuller had the best year of the duo. A first round selection out of Notre Dame, Fuller caught 47 balls for 635 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games played in 2016.
Miller, the former Ohio State quarterback recently converted to wideout, dealt with a variety of injuries in 2016 caught just 15 balls for 99 yards and a touchdown in 10 games for Houston.
Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio