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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Hopkins part of a big week for rookie WRs

By Tania Ganguli

Three teams took receivers in the first round of this year's NFL draft and all three produced this weekend.

Hopkins
You're familiar with one here, DeAndre Hopkins, who caught the Texans' game-winning touchdown against the Tennessee Titans and caught seven passes for 117 yards.

Hopkins' receiving yardage far eclipsed Rams receiver Tavon Austin, who was the eighth overall pick and Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, the 29th pick. But Patterson had a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. His three returns totaled 149 yards. Austin only gained 47 yards on his six catches, but scored two touchdowns.

Right now Hopkins is looking like a steal as the 27th pick. He thought he was drafted that late because he didn't run a 4.2- or 4.3-second 40-yard dash.

"Anybody can see that I'm a football player and I make plays," Hopkins said.

Some players might take motivation from that, but Hopkins insists he doesn't.

"It was a blessing going in the first round, honestly, coming from where I came from," Hopkins said.

Patterson, Austin and Hopkins are among the players nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week. Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu complete the list.