Texans hope to keep DeAndre Hopkins ‘here for a long time’

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Entering the final season of his contract, Houston Texans jersey wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins jersey jersey is looking for a bounce-back season after his dip in production in 2016.

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A year ago — after his 111-catch, 1,521-yard, 11-touchdown breakout performance in 2015 — Hopkins held out of training camp for one day because he wanted a contract extension. During the offseason, the wide receiver said he is leaving contract negotiations up to his agent and the Texans. General manager Rick Smith said he likes to keep his negotiations “in-house,” while making it clear he wants to re-sign Hopkins and that he is hopeful the young receiver will be in Houston “for a long time.”

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Hopkins finished the 2016 season with 78 receptions for 954 yards and five touchdowns. He was targeted 150 times last season, after 192 in 2015. The primary reason for the decrease was the play of quarterback Brock Osweiler jersey, who targeted him just 24 percent of the time, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Though a small sample size, Tom Savage jersey jersey — currently wholesale jersey considered the 2017 starting quarterback — targeted Hopkins on 30 percent of his passes.

Cheap Josh Gordon jersey Hopkins has caught passes from nine different quarterbacks in his four seasons with the Texans. In 2017 he hopes to finally get some stability at quarterback from either Savage or rookie Deshaun Watson jersey.

One area Hopkins needs to improve upon is his yards after the catch. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Hopkins’ 2.3 yards after the catch over the past two seasons ranks second-worst in the NFL among 156 qualified receivers.

During the offseason, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said although Hopkins’ statistics dropped off, he still made some big plays for the Texans last season, especially on third down and in the red zone. And while those contributions were important to the team, both Hopkins and the Texans hopes he can return to the neighborhood of his 2015 statistics.

Ex-coach Gary Kubiak returning to Broncos as a scouting adviser

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gary Kubiak has said, “I’ll always be a Bronco,” and the Denver Broncos jersey made it official that he will continue to have a role with the franchise.

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Kubiak, 55, has returned to Denver as a senior personnel adviser, the team said.

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“It’s an honor for me to continue to be part of this great organization,” Kubiak said in a statement. “John [Elway] and I talked long ago about any opportunity like this, and I’m very happy to be able to contribute on the personnel side.

“I said when I left that I still wanted to be involved in football. This gives me an opportunity to be involved with the game, and I’m excited to get to work.”

Kubiak will participate in player evaluations, and while he will be based in Texas, he will make several trips to the team’s complex in suburban Denver.

After two seasons as the Broncos’ head coach, during which the team went 21-11 and won Super Bowl 50, Kubiak stepped down from his post in January. But he hinted at a return to football in some kind of scouting role in an interview with ESPN in Houston in February.

“With as much experience as he has evaluating players, Gary’s going to be a tremendous resource for our personnel department,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway jersey said in the statement. “He’ll primarily help on the college side and assist us in free agency as well.”

Gark Kubiak was 21-11 as the Broncos’ coach the past two seasons and led the franchise to a victory in Super Bowl 50. Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY SportsKubiak has extensive ties to Elway and the Broncos’ staff. Elway, who just agreed to a five-year contract extension Monday, was Kubiak’s road roommate when the two were players. Kubiak was an eighth-round draft pick by the Broncos in 1983 — the same year Elway was acquired wholesale jersey in a trade.

Kubiak also served as Elway’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator from 1995 to 1998, and Broncos first-year coach Vance Joseph was an assistant on Kubiak’s staff with the Houston Texans jersey. Kubiak was the Texans’ coach from 2006 to 2013, going 61-64.

Joseph has called Kubiak “one of my biggest mentors and a great person” and earlier this year Kubiak said Joseph was “a great choice” as the team’s new coach. Kubiak also coached Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave during their playing careers.

Kubiak spent a night in the hospital last season after the Broncos’ Oct. 9 loss to the Atlanta Falcons jersey. He was diagnosed with a “complex migraine condition” and was away from the team for a week after his hospital stay, missing an Oct. 13 game in San Diego.

Kubiak also had a mini-stroke in 2013 when he collapsed during a game while coaching the Texans. Kubiak returned to the sideline later that month and was fired later that season.

Earlier this year he said of his decision to quit coaching: “It’s been good, I know I did the right thing. I knew what I was doing and I made a commitment and I said, ‘You know I need to take a step back, take a break here.’ And so I feel good. Everybody asks me if I’m OK health-wise, and I’m fine. I know the demands of coaching and what they entail and what they entail for me and I just thought I need to take a break. I feel good and I’m really excited about what’s next. I’m not in a hurry, but I’m talking to a lot of people and I’m going to … go get after it and chase that just like I did coaching.”

Duane Brown doesn’t report for start of training camp

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Houston Texans jersey offensive tackle Duane Brown jersey jersey, who skipped the team’s offseason activities, did not show up Tuesday as the team traveled to West Virginia for training camp as he seeks a new contract.

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The Texans placed him on the reserve/did not report list on Tuesday. Brown, 31, now can be fined $40,000 for each day of training camp he misses. The Texans’ training camp officially begins Wednesday at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

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The risk he is taking to try to make more money has already resulted in lost money.

Wholesale Aaron Dobson jersey Brown’s wholesale jersey deal with Houston included a $250,000 de-escalator clause if he did not participate in a requisite number of workouts. Brown triggered the de-escalator, and his base salary has dropped from $9.65 million to $9.4 million, a league source told ESPN’s Field Yates.

Duane Brown jersey jersey is seeking a new contract but has lost money so far by skipping the Texans’ activities. Bob Levey/AP PhotoHe has two years remaining on his six-year contract, but there is no more guaranteed money left on the deal.

Brown, who was named a Pro Bowl alternate last season, is entering his 10th NFL season. He anchors a Texans offensive line that currently does not have a starting right tackle after the team put Derek Newton jersey jersey on injured reserve.