Texans coach Gary Kubiak ended the team’s weekend minicamp just like he started it — impressed with first-round draft pick DeAndre Hopkins.

Hopkins showed his athleticism by making impressive catches throughout the three-day workout session that included five practices. He showed his competitive nature, too, not afraid to do a little talking on the field.

“He’s special,” Kubiak said. “Ball skills are extremely special. Very long — long arms. Big hands — you saw the catch he made out here today. He’s going to help us early, and we know that. That’s why we brought him here. Right now, it’s really a matter of settling him down mentally and learning what he’s doing so all the skill keeps taking over where it’s not a bog-down process. It’s going to be a big six weeks for him.”

The Texans took Hopkins with the 27th overall selection in last month’s draft.

“I think our evaluation was pretty good,” offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. “He’s right where we want him. We just have to keep developing and keep working at it.”

Bonner finishes on strong note

Another wide receiver who had a strong minicamp showing was sixth-round pick Alan Bonner. He is only the ninth player drafted from Jacksonville State, an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision school in Alabama.


“It’s just a starting block for the smaller schools, especially Jacksonville State,” Bonner said. “Hopefully, I can get a lot of other guys inspired to push hard and work for what they want to go to.”

Bonner stood out all week, and Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Bonner had his best practice in Sunday’s final workout of the rookie minicamp. Bonner said he grew more comfortable as the weekend progressed.

“There are not as many jitters,” Bonner said. “It’s still a load on us, so you’ve got a lot to think (about) coming out here. Our natural ability will come out once we learn the material for real, but right now it’s all learning and trying to go through practice and get through it.”