After a week of training camp, Kubiak's raves haven't abated as Hopkins works opposite Andre Johnson with the first-team offense.
"First off, my expectations for him are tremendous. That's why we drafted him. That's why we put him in the position we put him in very quickly. He's going to play across from a great player," Kubiak explained Friday via the team's official website. "... He's going to be a big part of our football team. He'll make us better and boy is he working toward doing that. He's been exceptional."
Kubiak might have replaced Jon Gruden as the head coach most likely to blow smoke about his own players, but Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle tells Around The Leaguethis is not a case of undue hype. Hopkins has excelled on contested balls and running after the catch in a consistent camp performance.
After watching Hopkins in organized team activities and training camp, The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein believes anything less than 50 receptions will be a disappointment for the rookie.