Cardinals: What to expect from WR DeAndre Hopkins in 2020

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What to Expect from DeAndre Hopkins in 2020

While the Houston Texans will need to figure out how to account for the void left behind by DeAndre Hopkins’ departure, the star wideout will be able to look ahead to being Kyler Murray’s top target in 2020.

ESPN recently released their league-wide projections for every offensive player in the NFL ahead of the 2020 season. The expectation they have for Hopkins during his first season with the Arizona Cardinals features totals of 142 targets, 93 receptions, 1,143 yards, and seven touchdowns.

The expectation is for Hopkins to put up nearly identical production with Murray as he did during his final campaign with Deshaun Watson. That should come with little surprise considering elite receivers set the tone for the rest of the position group.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the situation to follow will be if Hopkins can actually raise his production in Kliff Kinsgbury’s air-raid offensive system. That type of presence should help young receivers like Christian Kirk and Hakeem Butler to progress in their development.

It’s safe to expect major things from DeAndre Hopkins during the 2020 season. As one might expect, he recently declared his personal belief that he’s the best receiver in the NFL. Will he manage to put that on full display during the upcoming season?