HOUSTON — First-round draft pick DeAndre Hopkins drew rave reviews as the Houston Texans began a three-day rookie mini-camp on Friday.
Coach Gary Kubiak said he was impressed with the 27th overall pick from Clemson. Hopkins made several good plays, but really wowed the coaches when he went up over a defender and snagged a pass with one hand.
It was exactly the kind of start the Texans were looking for from Hopkins, who they drafted in hopes of finally adding a big-time playmaker to line up opposite star Andre Johnson. He’s the first receiver they’ve drafted in the opening round since Johnson, now 31, was taken third overall in 2003.
JETS: Geno Smith says he would grade his performance in his first practice with the New York Jets an “F’’ because he’s aiming to be “an A-plus.”
Despite the tough self-evaluation, the quarterback looked pretty good Friday at rookie minicamp. Smith appeared to have a solid working knowledge of the playbook, and zipped many of his passes – mostly in short yardage – accurately around the field.
Smith, who slipped into the second round after being thought to be a potential top-10 draft pick, has taken his share of criticism during the last several weeks for his abilities on the field and attitude off it. He said all the right things in his news conference after practice, and insists he doesn’t “resent” any of the negative talk about him.
SAINTS: General manager Mickey Loomis says the club signed third-round draft pick John Jenkins to a four-year contract.
The 6-foot-3, 359-pound Jenkins, a defensive tackle out of Georgia, was the second of two third-round picks by New Orleans.
CARDINALS: Signed free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby to a one-year contract.
Dansby has played six seasons for the Cardinals.
He started 83 games and had 25.5 sacks with 10 interceptions.