Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...
One year removed from being the Texans' first-round draft pick, DeAndre Hopkins still has a lot that's new around him, writes Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle. Hopkins worked out at Clemson this offseason with Larry Greenlee, a relative who is also Clemson's assistant strength and conditioning coach. Receivers coach Stan Hixon said Hopkins is a leader in his room, despite his youth, given how young this group of receivers is. That's amplified with the absence of Andre Johnson.
2013 sixth-round picks Alan Bonner and David Quessenberry are back to practicing after spending their rookie years on injured reserve, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. Bonner, a receiver, and Quessenberry, who can play guard or tackle, both have interesting position battles ahead of them. It'll be a tougher battle for Bonner than Quessenberry. The lineman's versatility makes him valuable and the last batch of Texans coaches were excited about his ability before he broke his foot prior to last season.
Shoe aficionado John Harris presents awards to various Texans players after one week of organized team activities. Here's one: "The award for BEST NEW ARRIVAL goes to…the blue silk footballs the running backs have been toting around during the individual portion of practice. If you haven’t seen these things, imagine the regular Wilson football, covered by a slippery, royal blue silk pair of spandex. That thing is difficult to handle and forces the running backs to carry the ball properly."