DeAndre Hopkins: I know I’m the best wide receiver in the NFL

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Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins says he’s the top pass catcher in football, and that his numbers would dwarf those of other star receivers if he had played his entire career with an elite quarterback.

Hopkins said on ESPN that there is no doubt in his mind where he ranks.

“I definitely think I’m the best,” Hopkins said. “I know I’m the best.”

Hopkins has never led the league in catches or yards, but he said that’s a reflection of the offenses he has played in. Hopkins said he would have better numbers than Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas or Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones if he had their quarterbacks.

“Mike’s my boy. We were just texting yesterday. But he knows if I had Drew Brees my whole career what these numbers would be,” Hopkins said. “Julio Jones knows if I had Matt Ryan my whole career, he knows what my numbers would be. Those guys are definitely blessed to be in a position where their whole career they had a Pro Bowl quarterback.”

The Cardinals traded for Hopkins in the hopes that he and Kyler Murray can become an elite quarterback-receiver duo for years to come. And perhaps Hopkins can work in an offense that gives him the chance to put up the best numbers of any wide receiver in the NFL.

53 responses to “DeAndre Hopkins: I know I’m the best wide receiver in the NFL

  1. In 4 seasons Wentz has 0 playoff wins with 48 regular season Fumbles. He has no heart no desire to win his teammates hate him Carson has a 7-20 record vs teams over 500. Wentz has started 5-6 in 3 of his first 4 seasons. Nick Foles is 24-6 in his last 30 games as an Eagle.

  2. Sorry Hopkins, but the best all around WR in the NFL is Adam Thielen.

  3. In 4 seasons Wentz has 0 playoff wins with 48 regular season Fumbles. He has no heart no desire to win his teammates hate him Carson has a 7-20 record vs teams over 500. Wentz has started 5-6 in 3 of his first 4 seasons. Nick Foles is 24-6 in his last 30 games as an Eagle

  4. Imagine if a WR had Joe Montana and Steve Young their entire career. That would never happen.

  5. I love his mentality and it’s hard to argue that he is wrong. He is definitely in the discussion but I think Michael Thomas is #1 and Hopkins is #1A. They bring different things to the table…both are amazing.

  6. Translation: he thinks he should be the highest paid & the Cards gonna have to pony up

  7. Nuk Hopkins took a downgrade at QB. Hope hes ready for 800 yard seasons from here on out!

  8. I wonder if he will be saying this still about Kyler Murray a few years down the line…

  9. Larry Fitzgerald says “match my numbers with the QB’s I’ve had and we will talk”.

  10. ARod(in his collarbone) says:

    May 28, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Sorry Hopkins, but the best all around WR in the NFL is Adam Thielen.

    Not a chance. Thielen isn’t even the best receiver in the NFC North. Davante Adams and Kenny Golladay are both better receivers than him.

  11. Wide receivers are like pretty women. As soon as you think you’ve seen the best one ever, another one comes along.

  12. Their egos are unbelievable. He is clearly one of the best, why not leave it at that. I don’t think any of have multiple 200 yard games like Julio Jones does. Anybody can play what if…

  13. The best receivers don’t have to say they’re the best. They’re just a teammate who plays to win for the team.

    Good luck with Hopkins Cards fans. He’ll be around about 2 years.

  14. Why is it always Wide receivers and Cornerbacks declaring themselves the greatest?

  15. To the people saying Mike Thomas, to be the best receiver in the NFL you have to do more than run 5 yard routes. And not disappear in big games(See 2018 NFC title game)

  16. Thomas is nowhere near the deep threat Hopkins is. Hopkins all around route running, quickness, hands and play making ability is top of the heap. No disrespect to MT or Julio but Hopkins is just the best all around playmaker at the receiver position. He does deserve consideration for a new deal.

  17. I thought when AB started to melt down the Steers might make a swap offer for Hopkins. Too bad they didn’t. BOB likely would have agreed.

  18. Oh, Mr. Hopkins, you are ONE of the best, but I believe there is a guy in New Orleans that is playing with a full house while you might not be playing with a full deck for that comment. Top 5? Yes, but the best? Come on, you chain puller
    Since Thomas entered the league 4 years ago, he’s caught 470 of 602 targets (78.67%) for 5,512 yards & 32 TDs.
    Hopkins in the last 4 years caught 393 of 638 targets (61.6%) for 5,067 yards & 35 TDs.
    Outside of a slight TD advantage, I’d say Thomas has you beat all the way around

  19. Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins says he’s the top pass catcher in football
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    and next comes the “I want #1 money” demands!

  20. That’s great and all. Probably true, but how about you don’t say it and just go out and prove it?

  21. mysterytonite says:
    May 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm
    Thomas is nowhere near the deep threat Hopkins is.
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    And Hopkins didn’t say he was the “best deep threat” he said he was the “best receiver” and that means receptions and yards and he had 105rec on 150 targets(70% catch rate) for 1165yd and 7 TDs with 15rec over 20yd and 1rec over 40yds.

    Thomas had 149rec on 185 targets(80.5% catch rate) for 1725yd, 9TDs, 17rec over 20yds and 3rec over 40yds. Also Thomas had 91 1st down receptions to Hopkins 68, so I don’t know where you’re getting your info but it’s way off!

    AHHH that’s right that’s just your opinion!

    If I have 1st pick I’d take Thomas 7 days a week, not only for the production but because of the big ?-mark Hopkins now has at QB, nothing against Murray but one year at QB doesn’t prove a thing to me!

  22. I’d say he’s there at least in the top 2. Definitely better than self-appointed best WR Michael Thomas.

  23. He did a lot with nobodies at QB, he’s right that he’d prob have even better more consistent #s if he played with an elite QB.

  24. Every #1 on every position, on every team should think that way, but show it on the field, not in the media.

  25. Why do players make stupid, arrogant statements like, “I’m the best…”. ?

    Show, don’t tell.

  26. In my opinion Hopkins and Michael Thomas are the two best WR’s in the NFL, I Dont care which one is on my team as long as I have at least one of them on my team. The addition of Hopkins in AZ is really going to help out the other receivers on AZ’s roster, Christian Kirk is going to really take off this season w/ Hopkins now drawing all of the coverage.

  27. Steve Cunningham says:
    May 28, 2020 at 8:34 pm
    mysterytonite says:
    May 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm
    Thomas is nowhere near the deep threat Hopkins is.
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    And Hopkins didn’t say he was the “best deep threat” he said he was the “best receiver” and that means receptions and yards and he had 105rec on 150 targets(70% catch rate) for 1165yd and 7 TDs with 15rec over 20yd and 1rec over 40yds.

    Thomas had 149rec on 185 targets(80.5% catch rate) for 1725yd, 9TDs, 17rec over 20yds and 3rec over 40yds. Also Thomas had 91 1st down receptions to Hopkins 68, so I don’t know where you’re getting your info but it’s way off!

    AHHH that’s right that’s just your opinion!

    If I have 1st pick I’d take Thomas 7 days a week, not only for the production but because of the big ?-mark Hopkins now has at QB, nothing against Murray but one year at QB doesn’t prove a thing to me!
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    A question mark insinuates said QB hasn’t proven anything at the NFL, Murray not only proved he could play at an extremely high level as a rookie he set a bunch of records as a rookie NFL QB earning both OROY & a spot as a Pro Bowl alternate QB as a freaking rookie. Hell in his rookie year he almost single handily beat the 49ers in not one but BOTH games completing 70% of his passes with 5TDs to 1INT and a QB Passer Rating of 116.7 in both games combined against their elite defense. Murray was the 1st QB since Andrew Luck in 2012 to post a QB passer rating of 90+ in at least 7 different games as a rookie w/ 6 games of 300+YDs. Murray was the 2nd QB in NFL History to pass for 3700+YDs and rush for 500+YDs as a rookie, and he did it all with a roster that picked #1 overall just a year earlier. Murray also ranked as the #1 deep ball passer in the NFL via Football Outsiders and ranked 5th on PFF’s list, which just happens to be Hopkins specialty. There is a reason Murray has the 5th best odds to win the NFL’s MVP in his 2nd season. Nothing about Murray is a question mark, he has future super star written all over him.

  28. nyneal says:
    May 28, 2020 at 6:43 pm
    Wide receivers are like pretty women. As soon as you think you’ve seen the best one ever, another one comes along.

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    Best analogy of wide receivers in a long time! Excellent!

  29. Look at the career of Tim Brown. His list of below averaged QBs is even longer, over a longer period of time. If he had played on SF with Montana and Young as his only QBs, what would his numbers have looked like? Would they have matched Jerry’s? That’s up for debate with any great WR of that era as Rice has a dynasty to play on with HOF QBs, RB, OL & Defensive players.
    Tim Brown made the HOF anyway and is considered one of the best of his era. You play with the team you’re on. Too many woulda, shoulda’s to count. He has a point, be he’s the only player that ever happened too.

  30. @ hawkkiller, And Murry did it all while Minshew had a better season and won more games on a worse team and was a 6th rounder vs a #1 overall it shouldn’t even have been close, so that was Minshew’s OROY trophy and he was robbed for it!

    And all I said was one year doesn’t prove a thing to me, I can name you over a half a dozen QBs who had very good to great years their rookie seasons and then couldn’t do squat! The reason a lot of rookies have better seasons in year one is twofold, their opponents don’t have any/much game tape to work off of because they won’t use college tape. The second and biggest reason is that they are working with an abbrevated playbook, let’s see how he does with the full 200+ play playbook then we’ll see how good he is.

    BTW the only two stats that Murray had that were better than Minshew were total yards and completion %, Minshew had more TDs, half as many INTs and did it in 2 less games!

  31. hawkkiller says:
    May 29, 2020 at 6:58 am

    and he did it all with a roster that picked #1 overall just a year earlier.
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    Sorry but no he didn’t, the Cards did not pick #1 overall the year before, the Browns drafted Mayfield #1 overall and the Cards moved up to 10th from 15th to draft Rosen!

  32. Hopkins is incredible, but Thomas smashed the catch radius percentage in a way no other receiver has. He literally catches more good/medium/bad passes than any other WR in history, and it is proven by the numbers.

    That’s okay – Hopkins will put up big numbers with my Cardinals and he’ll soon replace Thomas as the best once Brees retires. I don’t see how Thomas can keep producing those big numbers without Brees or someone similar, which isn’t exactly easy to find.

  33. Nice regular season player just not a post season performer only one td in 4 post seasons and that’s where you separate from the pack.

  34. Ill take Tyreek! Tyreek may not have the numbers because Patrick has alot more options, but for a quality WR, Cheeta all day!

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