Two months ago, the Houston Texans traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. Now, the 27-year old is eager to show his new fans what he brings to the table. So, one could forgive him for boasting that he is the NFL’s best receiver.
“I definitely think I’m the best,” Hopkins bragged. “I know I’m the best. Mike’s my boy. I love [Saints wide receiver] Michael [Thomas] … but he knows if I had Drew Brees my whole career what these numbers would be. [Falcons wide receiver] Julio Jones knows if I had Matt Ryan my whole career. That’s my boy. I trained with Julio, too. He knows what these numbers would be.”
From 2013 to 2016, Hopkins was a regular presence on the field and never missed a game, however his form was inconsistent. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015 with 1,521 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, but his 2016 campaign was fairly underwhelming.
Hopkins continued, “Those guys are definitely blessed to be in a position where, their whole career, they had a Pro Bowl quarterback—quarterback that they spent multiple seasons with. But I don’t complain. I don’t make excuses. I go out there and work.”
Over the past two seasons, Hopkins completed 219 passes for 2,737 yards and 18 touchdowns. Now, he is relishing the idea of partnering quarterback Kyler Murray, last year’s AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
“Going into this situation with a guy, a young quarterback, that I know is gonna be my quarterback for the future, is great,” Hopkins said. “We’re able to build a chemistry, and hopefully, I’m able to play more than three seasons with a quarterback. I don’t think I’ve done that yet. So, I’m excited just to see how I’ll be able to play with a consistent quarterback.”
DeAndre Hopkins is also aiming to pick up where Larry Fitzgerald left off and lead the Cardinals to glory. He also has big shoes to fill, in the form of second-year wideout Christian Kirk. Regardless, Hopkins is confident in his abilities and believes that he will fit like a glove in the Cardinals squad.