Texans owner Bob McNair said the obvious when talking about receiver DeAndre Hopkins on Wednesday.
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“Certainly we’re going to work on (an extension) and see if we can get that taken care of,” McNair said. “It’s certainly our intention.”
Hopkins, 24, has one year and $7.915 million left on his rookie deal. He’s currently set to hit the market in 2018.
While teams are opting to wait longer these days, the Texans’ quarterback situation could put them in a precarious position. Should Brock Osweiler or some other replacement level fill-in continue to pilot the Texans’ offense, Hopkins might not want to remain in Houston for much longer. They could do the ugly song and dance with the franchise tag for a year just to lose him eventually anyway.
The star wideout dropped from 192 targets in 2015 to 151 in 2016. He also dropped from 111 catches to 78, and 11 touchdowns to four.
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Hopkins, who also spoke to reporters on Wednesday elsewhere, had his own ideas on how to improve the offense.
“Who wouldn’t want Adrian Peterson?” Hopkins told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday. Along with the Buccaneers and Giants, the Texans were on Peterson’s potential destination wish list if he doesn’t stay with Minnesota.
“We’ve got (running back) Lamar Miller jersey here, but I don’t think Lamar Miller would be opposed to having Adrian Peterson helping out in the backfield,” Hopkins said.
Simon, who was ranked No. 64 in NFL top 101 available players, has signed a three-year, $14 million contract with the Colts that includes $6 million guaranteed, a source informed of the deal told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The deal includes incentives that pushes the potential max value of the contract to $17 million.
Simon tallied 51 tackles and 3.5 sacks for the Texans last season en route to his Indy payday.
In addition, Indy added punter Jeff Locke to replace the recently-retired Pat McAfee. Locke was the punter in Minnesota for the past four seasons.
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The Colts also announced the release of cornerback Patrick Robinson on Friday. Robinson played in seven games in his lone season in Indy. The veteran cornerback will enter free agency amidst one of the deepest secondary draft classes in recent memory.
For a comprehensive recap of Thursday’s transactions, check out our Day 1 free-agency roundup.
NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly, formerly general manager of the Washington Redskins, believes the potential first-round draft choice will a better pro than the Houston Texans‘ DeAndre Hopkins.
“Watching the two of them coming out of college, off tape, to me, Williams has better separation, the ability to beat a defender one-on-one when he has to, inside and outside on cuts,” Casserly said on NFL Network’s Path to the Draft.
That’s saying a lot.
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Hopkins’ resume includes a 111-catch, 1,521-yard season on it (2015) and he’s averaging north of 1,100 yards per year after four NFL seasons. Hopkins is the most accomplished among a deep group of NFL receivers from Clemson that includes Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant. Williams was a big draw Thursday at Clemson’s pro day, where he ran a pair of 40-yard dashes clocked in the 4.5’s. It was a solid time for a player of Williams’ size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and strength. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called Williams “a first-round pick all day long,” at the pro day workout Thursday.
While Casserly prefers Williams over Hopkins, and projects him to be selected No. 10 overall by the Buffalo Bills, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some scouting concerns about him.
“A little disappointing to me was his 10 (yard split) time, only 1.65. Laquon Treadwell of the Minnesota Vikings had the same time, that’s scary,” Casserly said. “He hasn’t done shuttle drills. Why not? Maybe he doesn’t think he does them well, and his change of direction may not be quite what we think it is. (I) love him on tape, though.”
If he proves to be a better receiver than Hopkins in the NFL, whichever team picks him up in the draft will be thrilled.Read More