Texans Sign First Round Pick As Rookies Report to Camp: Five Players/Positions to Watch
The Texans got busy getting prepped for camp by signing first-round draft pick DeAndre Hopkins to a four-year deal (three years guaranteed) worth $7.62 million including a $3.92 million signing bonus Monday morning. Hopkins is expected to be the second wide receiver and the heir apparent to Andre Johnson.
The Texans have never had a player hold out in their entire history as a franchise, and it doesn't appear that will be an issue this year, either. While it was common to see players hold out 15 years ago, new rules and salary cap slots for the NFL have alleviated many of those issues.
Rookies reported to training camp on Sunday, with veterans scheduled to report on Thursday and the first workouts beginning on Friday.
Though we are only closing in on the end of July, the first preseason game for the Texans is two weeks from Friday on August 9. Their regular season opens one month later in San Diego on September 9.
For sports fans, the opening of training camp will no doubt be a welcome change from what has been a dismal baseball season for the Astros. And while the Rockets certainly left their mark on the summer with the signing of Dwight Howard, their training camp doesn't open for another two months.
With the Texans reloaded for another playoff run, an argument could be made that, barring significant injuries, they are a legitimate Super Bowl contender. But much remains to be seen from a crop of new talent mixed with veterans, including safety Ed Reed, who will miss much of camp after recovering from surgery.
For now, the position battles should be good, but here are five particularly interesting spots to watch as camp opens.