Cardinals’ DeAndre Hopkins Claims He’s the “Best” Wide Receiver in the Game

DeAndre Hopkins with Houston Texans in 2018. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9993505ak)

Arizona Cardinals have the best wide receiver in the league. At least, that’s what their newest acquisition DeAndre Hopkins claims.

Hopkins recently made an appearance on ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby and decided to let the world know that he is the “best” player at the wideout position in football.

“I definitely think I’m the best,” said Hopkins. “I know I’m the best. Mike’s my boy. I love [Saints wide receiver] Michael [Thomas] … but he knows if I had Drew Brees my whole career what these numbers would be. [Falcons wide receiver] Julio Jones knows if I had Matt Ryan my whole career. That’s my boy. I trained with Julio, too. He knows what these numbers would be.”

Hopkins, who joined the Cardinals in a trade from Houston Texans in March, definitely has credentials to back up his statement. The 27-year-old WR earned four Pro Bowl appearances and three First-team All-Pro since entering the league in 2013 while failing to reach 1,100 yards just twice in his career.

Also, DeAndre Hopkins makes a good point that some other star wideouts in the league had better quarterbacks. Between 2013 and 2017, Hopkins played with 10 different quarterbacks, none of which were Pro Bowl-caliber signal-callers. Only when Texans installed Deshaun Watson as their starter did he have a genuine star QB to catch passes from.

Still, Hopkins doesn’t want people to think that he’s using that as an excuse. “Those guys are definitely blessed to be in a position where, their whole career, they had a Pro Bowl quarterback—quarterback that they spent multiple seasons with,” he added. “But I don’t complain. I don’t make excuses. I go out there and work.”