The Arizona Cardinals pulled off one of the most surprising moves of the NFL offseason by acquiring star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a trade with the Houston Texans.
The deal that sent Hopkins to the NFC West featured plenty of draft compensation going from the Cardinals to the Texans. Along with David Johnson, Houston received a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick. Meanwhile, Arizona netted Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick.
The final season of Hopkins’ time with the Texans was certainly a memorable one. He finished with totals of 150 targets, 104 receptions, 1,165 yards, and seven touchdowns. He managed to produce career-best totals nearly across the board and set the tone for the offense.
There is boosted optimism for the Cardinals’ chances of being one of the NFL’s most improved teams next season. The addition Hopkins certainly tops the list for their case considering the team’s need for a No. 1 receiver is no longer a need.
It will be difficult for the Cardinals to compete in the NFC West with the likes of the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and to a lesser extent, the Los Angeles Rams. If Arizona can experience a quick turnaround on defense then there’s little reason to count them out.
Taking all of that into consideration, let’s dive into what we can expect from DeAndre Hopkins during his first season with the Arizona Cardinals.