Former NFL receiver Maurice Stovall has been putting Hopper through workouts at IMG and said Hopper’s biggest hindrance will be not having any game tape from last season. That said, Stovall hasn’t seen any dropoff in Hopper’s ability since his final season at Clemson.
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He looks sharp, healthy and polished, said Stovall, who spent five of his seven NFL seasons with the Buccaneers. From a coaching standpoint, he hasn’t lost a step at all. … If he does everything he did when he was training at IMG at his pro day, I can’t see that do anything but help him get invited to a minicamp.
Hopper, whose ideal position is as a slot receiver, said he learned a lot at Clemson playing alongside the likes of DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams.
It was really a blessing to play behind those guys because they’re elite, Hopper said. There are just a lot of small things, like where to put your hands, just little stuff you wouldn’t see on TV.
Game Sheldon Richardson Jersey After playing in Clemson’s national championship loss to Alabama, Hopper said it was tough but satisfying to watch his former teammates beat the Crimson Tide in January.
Kaepernick at one point looked like he and Russell Wilson would have many epic duels as strong-armed, mobile passers with championships on the line. It’s hard to believe the 49ers-Seahawks classic NFC title game was played only three years ago, given what all has happened since.
Wilson led Seattle to a ring after the 2013 season, something Kaepernick fell just short of the season before. While Wilson and the ‘Hawks have remained a conference contender, Kaepernick faded hard right along with the Niners’ post-Jim Harbaugh freefall.