Hopkins has seen the same from the Houston Texans' new quarterback. He said as much during a Twitter Q&A with fans on Wednesday evening.
His work ethic. https://t.co/c8xpDe6dpF— Deandre Hopkins (@Nukdabomb) July 28, 2016
Their relationship is one of the most important to watch with the Texans this offseason. The Texans' quarterback dramas during the past three seasons have certainly affected Hopkins more than most other players on the field. He powered through it. Hopkins became the first player in NFL history to have 100-yard receiving games catching passes from four different quarterbacks in the same season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Still, chemistry can only help. Hopkins and Osweiler set to work right away getting to know each other, via text messages and during the workout in Arizona that Osweiler conducted with all his receivers and backup quarterback Tom Savage. They all understood the significance of getting a head start on that relationship.
"A lot of Super Bowl teams and a lot of teams that had success, their main receiver and their quarterback have been best friends," Hopkins said last month. "Might not be off the field, but on the field you can tell. That’s very important for this team."
Hopkins was asked if he and Osweiler are best friends.
"We don’t go out to lunch and hold hands," he said, "but we’re good friends."
Maybe they've reached that point now. During a youth football camp last week, a kid asked Hopkins who was his best friend on the team. Some in the audience of campers yelled, "J.J. Watt!" Hopkins' answer, though, was different.
"My best friend is Brock Osweiler," Hopkins said. "The guy who throws me touchdowns."