If there's one player to keep an eye on for the next few months leading up to Week 1, it's Houston's first-round selection.
DeAndre Hopkins opened camp by stealing the headlines with a few highlight-reel grabs. His hands have been well publicized as one of his best traits, and it was on full display in the first few practices.
He even showed off his competitive nature following one of his many big plays during his first day at the office. Houston's second-round pick D.J Swearinger spoke about it to Nick Scurfield via the Houston Texans' official website:
He made one big catch and then when he came back on the sideline, he sort of stared me down. But it’s all good. We’re going to talk trash, but we’re good boys, man.
That's the kind of attitude that should excite fans. For a practice in May that isn't even in front of the whole team, effort like that is absolutely notable.
Gary Kubiak didn't mince words when reviewing Hopkins' first few practices:
(I was) impressed. Very impressed. (He was) very competitive, that’s number one. We knew that. Tremendous hands, got big hands, has no problem with the ball, coming out of a break – all those things we knew we were getting. But I loved the competitive nature of him, just watching him come out here and compete today.
Overall, there seems to be a sense that Hopkins is ready to take on a major role with this team in 2013. Expect big things from the rookie going forward.