DeAndre Hopkins’ natural chemistry with Kyler Murray has led to 22 receptions

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Saints receiver Michael Thomas set the NFL record last season with 149 catches. He made 20 of those in the first two weeks.

Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins has 22 catches already this season. His previous best through the first two games was 14 receptions, which he accomplished three times with the Texans.

Yes, it’s early, but it has Hopkins on pace for 176 catches. His career high is the 115 receptions he made in 2018 with Houston.

“I really don’t look at stats too much, but just the way my body feels and the game plan going into it, this is the best I’ve felt on a Week Three,” Hopkins said, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic

Hopkins has made All-Pro each of the past three seasons, averaging 105 receptions for 1,372 yards and 10 touchdowns. He arrived in Arizona in a trade from Houston already regarded as one of the top-two receivers in football.

He looks even better paired with Kyler Murray.

“I envision greatness, just like he does,” Murray said. “I feel like he can have a great year. The first however many years we’re together, I feel like as long as we put the work in, it should be hard to stop.”

Hopkins has never led the league in receptions or receiving yards. He currently ranks first in receptions and fifth in receiving yards.

Baker Mayfield talked last week about his connection with Odell Beckham has to come naturally. The Browns teammates haven’t found that yet. But Murray and Hopkins have hit it off from the start.

“We just kind of hit it off through natural vibes,” Murray said. “He’s a real good dude. And then from there, you’ve got that quarterback-receiver connection, and it’s something I can’t really explain unless you played the game and been a part of it.

“I think we kind of just naturally have that connection already.”

6 responses to “DeAndre Hopkins’ natural chemistry with Kyler Murray has led to 22 receptions

  1. I’ve been a Rams fan since 1969. Roman Gabriel, Deacon Jones, the Fearsome Foursome. Incredible. You know what I’ve always loved? Playing in the toughest division in football. That’s what we’ve got this year: Seattle, with the best QB in football (I don’t say that lightly and of course I hate the Seahawks); the 49ers, my all-time “team to hate”; the Cardinals, and let’s face it, we all root for Larry Fitzgerald (except when he plays the Rams) and Kyler Murray absolutely looks like a special talent. Yes! Love it. Scrapping and scrounging for the title of the toughest division in football. It doesn’t get any better than this.

  2. Love seeing guys bond and light it up. Chemisty is key!

    Remember 8 years ago when zone read QB’s Kaepernick, RGIII and Russ were breaking out? The narrative was always “Yeah – but this is the NFL and D coordinators adjust in the offseason and no way these kids will hold up under all the pounding.”

    The zone read guys have prevailed. Russ is cooking, Lamar is Lamar-ing, Mahomes is winning Super Bowls, Cam is resurgent, Murray is running amok and Watson would be too if he wasn’t playing for Bill O’Brien.

    The game has changed for the better!

  3. They are 2 good players, so they should put up big numbers. But just putting 2 good players together doesn’t mean it will work. Impressive so far. It’s a testament to the coaches and players.

  4. What was Bill O’Brien thinking?? Cardinal fans thank him for this, and equally important taking rb David Johnson off their hands who was making $10M/yr. Wow. So Houstonville!

  5. Murray and Hopkins have managed to do that while playing against two elite defenses to start the season to against an elite 49ers defense when they were still healthy & a Washington defense that they blew out which is currently ranked #1 via DVOA with one of the top ranked pass defenses in the league to boot. With a soft spot of their schedule coming up with games against DET, CAR, NYJ & DAL over the next 4 weeks Murray/Hopkins and that AZ offense should absolutely go off. AZ has a very good chance of being undefeated heading into their week 7 match-up against SEA.

  6. The NFC West.. has ALWAYS been under the radar in terms of its toughness..

    Dating back only 12 years…

    EVERY Team in the NFC West has made the Super Bowl… think about that.

    Most divisions cant come close to that, and many others don’t even qualify because they inude a team that has never made a super bowl.

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