"He's one of the guys out there that I think is much improved from April 7, when we started, to where we are now," O'Brien said Saturday, per the Houston Chronicle. "He just has to keep it going. He's a very hard worker. It's very important to him. He's a guy that really, in our opinion, gets better and better everyday. So just got to keep it going."
Hopkins was wildly inconsistent during his rookie season. The 6-foot-1, 22-year-old admitted to struggling with the playbook last season, something he hinted earlier this offseason could be difficult again given the new offense.
O'Brien's early praise somewhat curtails that concern.
While the quarterback situation is cause for concern, if Hopkins makes the leap in Year 2, the Texans will sport one of the top receiving duos in the NFL.