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DeAndre Hopkins embracing role of No. 1 receiver

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

After a session of extra work, which is typical for receiver DeAndre Hopkins after a training camp practice, he sat down with John McClain of the Houston Chronicle to chat about his new role as the Texans' No. 1 receiver. He's taking over that role with Andre Johnson gone, having signed with the Indianapolis Colts after the Texans cut him. "Me and Arian were talking about it being different not having him out here," Hopkins said. "You look around and see all these jerseys, but you don't see (No. 80). It's kind of hard not to think about him because this city loves him no matter what. He has the utmost respect from everybody in the locker room."

Safety Rahim Moore faced the Texans' offense last season when Houston traveled to Denver to practice with the Broncos. There, Moore saw a team that wasn't crisp enough or fast enough. He sees a much improved pace this year, writes Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle. Moore reunites with his friend Kareem Jackson.

The Chronicle's Jerome Solomon finds the skepticism of the Texans' quarterbacks totally justifiable, despite coach Bill O'Brien's protestations. He writes: "Houston has seen its unfair share of shaky quarterback play in more than half a century of professional football. We don't start teaching Texas history until the fourth grade. QB skepticism is a pre-K requirement."

John Harris of HoustonTexans.com offers 23 observations from the Texans' second day of training camp. Here is No. 10: "Brian Cushing started off the 1-on-1 period with a pass break-up on a flat route thrown to Alfred Blue. Then, during one of the team’s 11-on-11 periods, Cushing forced another PBU on a pass to Foster. JJ Watt got pressure up the field and forced Mallett to check down to Arian, but Cushing made the hit (well, without pads obviously) and broke up the pass. It’s been refreshing to watch 56 run, move and strike with the alacrity that he has. He’s been much more sudden than I can remember and I can’t wait to see him when the pads go on."

Patrick Starr of StateoftheTexans.com visits defensive tackle Christian Covington's journey. Covington played college football at Rice and got to stay in Houston for the next step in his journey.