Posted: 8:00 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins a big fan of Roddy White, Julio Jones 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

HOUSTON – Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who’s set to enter his second year in the NFL, didn’t want to come off as a drooling fan.

The South Carolina native had a chance to tell Falcons wide receiver Roddy White that he’d been watching him since his days at Alabama-Birmingham. He had a chance to tell Julio Jones that he admires he work.

But Hopkins remained calm and took care of his business.

Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins starred at Clemson and has been a longtime fan of Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. He also trained with Falcons CB Robert Alford before the scouting combine in 2013. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter)

Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins starred at Clemson and has been a longtime fan of Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. He also trained with Falcons CB Robert Alford before the scouting combine in 2013. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter)

“Roddy is from South Carolina, so he’s one of the guys that I’ve been watching since he was in college,” said Hopkins, who had 52 catches for 802 yards and two touchdowns last season. “Julio is one of the best to play at this position, so of course I watched him.”

He didn’t approach either player on the first day of the joint practices.

“I didn’t,” said Hopkins, who played at Clemson. “I had the chance to, but I didn’t want to go over there and be like a fan.”

Hopkins has enjoyed working against the Falcons cornerbacks.

“They have two good defensive backs,” Hopkins said. “They came out with me. I trained with (Robert) Alford before the combine. I knew that he was going to be good even though people didn’t know about him. Once I started out there going against him, I was like this is a good DB. I really didn’t know much about (Desmond) Trufant, but out here he showed that he was worthy of that first-round pick.”

Hopkins wants to make strides in his second season.

“I just want to try to be as complete of a player as I can be in all aspects of the game,” Hopkins said. “I have a great mentor for me on the other side in Andre (Johnson) to help me learn those things. I just want to come out and be a complete player overall.”

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Date                               Practice Times (public availability)

Thursday, August 14                Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX), 9 a.m. ET

Friday, August 15                     Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Saturday, August 16                  Falcons at Houston Texans, NRG Stadium,  8 p.m. ET – CW69

Sunday, August 17                    Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Monday, August 18                    Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)

8 comments
Dasdguy
Dasdguy

The Falcons will have a running game this year. Add to that Roddy and Julio and a count of 3 for Matty in the pocket. Gonna be fun to watch. Go Falcons !!.

FalconJames
FalconJames

I like Roddy and Jones as well. What's not to like?

Dman
Dman

I admire Roddy White too, so do a lot of people.

warfalcon
warfalcon

D.Led again read your S#!T before you post [ He had a chance to tell Julio Jones that he admires he work.]


LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

miked706
miked706

RangeRover:...... Agree nice guy now watch the hate start in the comments.

RangeRover
RangeRover

Classy guy...nothing ever wrong with good sportsmanship! 

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

@warfalcon

Yeah right......Your post will be deleted as it seems Ledbetter can't handle criticisim. The strange thing is he does NOTHING to prevent it by posting these blogs full of errors. Hell, even the publication that employs him makes issue with this subject:

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/aquairium-sign-i-7585-replaced/ng2wS/

Either get thicker skin, or put more of an effort in to submitting blogs with correct spelling and grammar.....It is your job after all.