Why DeAndre Hopkins Claims He is the Best Receiver in the NFL
DeAndre Hopkins was selected 27th overall by the Houston Texans in the 2013 NFL draft. Since his debut, Hopkins has been first-team all-pro the last three seasons.
Although Hopkins has been great, he has lacked a consistent quarterback-receiver connection since he has had 10 different quarterbacks throwing to him during his 7-year career.
Matt Schaub, Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallet, Brian Hoyer, T.J. Yates, Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler, Tom Savage, and finally Deshaun Watson have all thrown to DeAndre Hopkins. However, Hopkins has been by far the most successful with 2x pro bowler, Deshaun Watson.
On March 16, 2020, the Cardinals traded DeAndre Hopkins for Cardinal’s running back, David Johnson, and a second-round draft pick.
This move boosted the Cardinal’s offense overnight. Now in his second year, Kyle Murray will have two of the best pass-catchers in the NFL, DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald.
DeAndre Hopkins when asked how he matches up against other great receivers, said “I know I’m the best.”
Hopkins then explained why he has a slight edge over players like Michael Thomas and Julio Jones: “If I had Drew Brees my whole career… If I had Matt Ryan my whole career… Those guys are definitely blessed to be in a position where their whole career they had a Pro Bowl quarterback, a quarterback that they spent multiple seasons with.” Hopkins is explaining that unlike Julio or Thomas, he has never been able to play consistently with a great quarterback.
Thomas has caught balls from Drew Brees, a future Hall-of-Fame inductee his whole career.
Julio Jones has caught balls from Matt Ryan, who won the MVP in 2016 and has always been an elite quarterback.
However, DeAndre Hopkins has never had the luxury of getting comfortable and spending many seasons with a great quarterback like Mike Thomas or Julio Jones have.
Nathaniel is a student at the College Preparatory School. His favorite sports to play are Baseball and Basketball. He also enjoys watching Football. He is a sports writer for At the Buzzer.
At The Buzzer, or ATB, is the place for those who love sports, life, family, community, and so much more. We are far from the run of the mill 24/7 sports news websites. We not only bring you what’s happening in the world of sports in terms of trades and breaking news, but we also bring you the news that goes on behind the scenes. The stuff you don’t see during the 48 minutes of an NBA game or the 60 minutes of an NFL game. We let you know what’s going on in the lives of your favorite athletes. From big life moments like becoming a mother or a father to highlighting personal videos of them raising their little ones, At The Buzzer is the place you go when you want to relate to the athlete you root for on a daily basis. If you're interested in how Russell Wilson juggles being one of the best quarterbacks in the league while also being a doting husband and father-of-three, we got you covered. Interested in seeing a video of Iman Shupert's three-month-old baby speaking her first words, we have that here at ATB. Or would you rather watch Tiger Woods' son growing up and following in his father's footsteps, don't worry, we can show you that too. At The Buzzer is so much more than sports. It's relatable, reliable, and ready to show you a side of sports you didn't know existed. Our goal at ATB is to bring you relatable, entertaining news that will leave you feeling closer and more informed about the people you are looking up to and rooting for. Sports are more than just a group of organizations that entertain you, it's about the people who make up those organizations and the stories of how they became the people they are today. So take a minute and read one of our articles, we promise you won't regret it.