Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who walked out of training camp after one day last year because of his desire for a new deal, will report with the rest of the team on Monday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Hopkins is slated to play on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, which will pay him $7.9 million for 2017.
Hopkins caught 78 passes for 954 yards and four touchdowns last season. That followed a career-best 2015 season in which he had 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns.
A source also told Schefter that “no decision” has been made about whether Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown will report to camp. Brown missed mandatory OTAs due to his desire for a new deal.
Fanning his left leg out in a compact, practiced motion, Texans rookie offensive tackle Julién Davenport stonewalled pass rushers with solid footwork and blocking skills.
It was a snapshot of his potential as the 6-7, 318-pound former Bucknell standout is making the transition to the NFL after excelling in the Patriot League.
“I like Julién,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien aid. “He’s a rookie, so they’re all learning. It’s tough in no pads. I think the true test for a lineman is when the full pads are on in camp, but so far he’s smart, he works hard, he’s got a good skillset for that position. So far, so good, but again the true test for lineman is when they put pads on.”
Houston Chronicle sports writer John McClain talks about what the Texans should be looking at and what fans should expect to see in the coming training camp in July.
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Davenport is competing for playing time at right tackle while learning on the job. The Texans could use his size and strength at a position that’s in flux after starting right tackle Derek Newton tore both patellar tendons last season and was ruled out for this season. Chris Clark returns as the replacement for Newton, but struggled last season.
Drafted in the fourth round, Davenport was a two-time tam captain and an All-American selection. He has 36 1/1 inch arms and an 87 1/2 inch wingspan. He scored a 34 on the Wonderlic exam.
The cousin of former Kentucky and NBA player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Davenport started 44 games at left tackle at Bucknell and was a four-time all-conference selection.
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His wingspan is the longest of any one in the draft.
“Definitely helps out because you have to keep those guys off of you and away from you in the pass pro,” Davenport said. “Just having very long arms and just keeping them that much further away from you. I feel I move very well.
“I’m able to stay low and I just have to keep that going. I just have to improve on technique issues along with the game and having the consistency in my play. I would say consistency with keeping my hands up and consistency staying low. Just little technique issues.”
In his ongoing NFL.com series ranking the best players in NFL history at every position, the venerable Gil Brandt has finally worked his way to the punters. Brandt showed major love for the Texans’ Shane Lechler, ranking Lechler as the second-best punter in league history.
In his 17 NFL seasons, the last four in Houston, Lechler has notched the highest career yards-per-punt average. His 47.5 yards per punt is a full half-yard higher than the No. 2 player on that list.
Lechler is a six-time first-team All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler. He owns three of the top 10 seasons in yards per punt. The Sealy, Texas, native ranks second all-time in punting yards too.
In an unexpected coincidence, I had boldly proclaimed my own love of Lechler just hours before Brandt published his list.
Shane Lechler is a HOFer and the best punter in NFL history. Discuss. And if you disagree, choke on a piece of undercooked chicken
— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) July 7, 2017
Brandt’s No. 1 selection, Sammy Baugh, retired when my father was in grade school, so I’m not going to argue with Brandt about accomplishments, but Lechler deserves to be at the top of the list.
Former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson had one of the most stellar ACC careers for any quarterback in recent memory and it was capped off by winning the 2016 National Championship over Alabama.
In 2016, Watson completed 388 passes out of 579 attempts for 4593 yards and 41 passing touchdowns with 17 interceptions for an adjusted QBR of 84.9. Watson is third in ACC history in total offense (12,094), behind only NC State’s Philip Rivers and Boyd. He threw for 10,163 yards and 90 career touchdowns.
However, somebody missed all of Watson’s college highlights as NFLShop.com has Watson listed as the #1 tight end with regards to jersey sales this season. Watson would truly be dual-threat if he was the quarterback and tight end for the Houston Texans this season.