DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals remained at No. 8 on the NFL Top 50 list after no movement on Saturday.
After being dealt from Houston in 2020, the wideout is in his second season in the desert.
“D-Hop, dude, he’s great,” said safety Budda Baker. “One of the league’s greatest wide receivers. In cover 3 [defense], [Kyler Murray] threw a post route, and everyone who studies football knows that you should never be able to throw a post route in cover 3. D-Hop had just gotten up and snatched it from between two guys.”
Hopkins’ play, like his tenure with the Texans, spoke for itself.
Hopkins led the club with catches (115) and receiving yards (1,407) in 2020, while also scoring six touchdowns. In those areas, he was second only to Stefon Diggs of the Buffalo Bills among NFL wide receivers. However, Hopkins has the upper hand in the top 50, since Diggs is ranked No. 11 this season.
Hopkins was selected to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl for his performance.
Hopkins stated during training camp earlier this month, “I don’t think I’ve achieved my top yet.” “Obviously, playing with multiple quarterbacks, not really having a quarterback that I spent one or three years consistently with like a lot of other guys would say reached their nirvana, so for me, it’s building chemistry with my quarterback and having a couple of offseasons to build chemistry with,” he says.
The Cardinals didn’t sit still this summer, though, adding former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green to the offense.
With defenses forced to cover both, it’s a pick-your-poison situation for defensive backs.
Joining Hopkins on the NFL Top 50 list are teammates J.J. Watt (No. 66), Murray (No. 39) and Baker (19).