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Old 05-28-2013   #225
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Default Re: Texans OTAs thread (5/20-21, 23, 28-30, 6/3-6).

Arian Foster injury nothing compared to DeAndre Hopkins' harsh schooling in Texans pressure cooker

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Organized Team Activities the NFL's version of unofficial spring practice has a way of growing monotonous. It's still a long, long way till the season, the weather's already hot (at least in Texas) and little that happens is going to truly decide who wins the few jobs really available.

Under this environment, things like a minor calf injury to a star like Arian Foster can blow up (at least briefly) on Twitter and in the news cycle.

But while Foster getting carted away from the practice field (with a strain) on the first day after Memorial Day Weekend figures to be forgotten by training camp, other largely overlooked scenes will live on and leave an impact long into the season. Like Johnathan Joseph taking buzzed-over first round draft pick DeAndre Hopkins to school.


"He gets a little mad when he doesn't make a play. That's good."

It's been apparent to anyone who's watched recent practices. When Joseph finds himself covering Hopkins in a drill, the intensity level ratchets up and the veteran Pro Bowl cornerback gives no quarter.

There's Joseph stepping in at the last moment to break up a sure completion to Hopkins on a slant, flashing a smile as the rest of the Texans defensive backs erupt in hoots and hollers.

There's Joseph matching the rookie stride-for-stride down the field and denying him from hauling in a long bomb.

There's Hopkins getting enough separation to catch a deep pass on Joseph.

No. 24 is pushing No. 10 and he's getting some push back too.

"I love those one-on-one battles," Joseph says. "It doesn't matter that it's practice or OTAs. There's no, it's only . . . It's not just practice. Every day is a competition.

"You have to win those one-on-ones to win games."
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