Texans discuss challenges of replacing one of the most important players in franchise history

FILE PHOTO: TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 21: DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans looks on as Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate a play during the first half on December 21, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 21: DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans looks on as Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate a play during the first half on December 21, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images) (2019 Getty Images)

HOUSTON – The Houston Texans continue training camp work this week.

During interviews with the media, two Texans discussed Thursday the task of replacing one of the most important players in franchise history, DeAndre Hopkins.

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks will directly take over Hopkins’ role in the offense while running back David Johnson was the player traded for Hopkins. Both have high expectations.

Past concussions

While Cooks has been extremely productive in his NFL career, he is now on his fourth team in five years.

He has had at least five documented concussions in his six-year NFL career. Despite that, Cooks hasn’t missed many NFL games, missing only two in 2019 in the past five years.

Cooks said he’s not worried about his concussions.

“For me, I’m not worried at all,” he said. “If there was any hesitation or worry, I wouldn’t be here right now. At the end of the day, things happen in this game that you wish don’t happen. But when you start to learn through this process and you really start to get an understanding of what this is. There is just so much out there that people just don’t understand that goes into it. Everybody thinks, ‘Oh, it’s just impact.’ But without going into specifics, I’m comfortable and I feel great. I look forward to continuing to just do what I have to do and go out there and give it my all.”


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