Hopkins: 'One play got me benched'

Hopkins: 'One play got me benched'
November 21, 2013, 3:30 pm
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DeAndre Hopkins was the 27th overall pick in the draft.

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DeAndre Hopkins was benched for some time during the Texans’ 28-23 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.

Head coach Gary Kubiak said he sat the young rookie first-rounder because of a few mistakes, mistakes Kubiak thought the team shouldn’t make. But on Thursday, Hopkins said one missed assignment sent him to the bench.

“It was one route that I messed up on,” said Hopkins, who had just one catch for seven yards against the Raiders. “I guess I didn’t have that much room to mess up on, so one play got me benched.”

Hopkins played 46 of 73 offensive snaps and did get back into the game after he was out for a while. But the 21-year-old didn’t like being out of the game.

“I wasn’t too happy because I’m a competitive person,” he said. “I like to be out on the field. It wasn’t a happy feeling.”

Hopkins has been the No. 2 receiver across from Andre Johnson since the Texans used their first-round pick on him in April. But on Sunday, DeVier Posey, in his second season, played three more snaps than Hopkins and Keshawn Martin was targeted five times in the fourth quarter.
“Those guys are in the NFL, so there’s always competition,” Hopkins said. “They wouldn’t be here if they weren’t capable of making plays on this level.”

Hopkins missed Wednesday's practice with what he said was a stomach virus but was back with the team on Thursday.

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