Young Texans receiver led by first-round pick Hopkins strong in Houston's preseason opener

The Houston Texans got a first look at first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins in their preseason opener on Friday night.

But they also had some nice performances by other young receivers, giving them reason to believe that the group behind star Andre Johnson will be much stronger this season.

Johnson didn't play against the Vikings, giving the young players a chance to shine. Lestar Jean, who is playing in his second season after missing the entire 2011 season with an injury, led the group with six receptions for 52 yards, and Hopkins had four receptions for 52 yards. Keshawn Martin also drew coach Gary Kubiak's attention by grabbing two passes for 30 yards.

Kubiak says there's "a lot of ability" in the group but the inexperienced players also made "plenty of mistakes."