Number-one receiver baton being passed for Arizona Cardinals
By Jim Koch
DeAndre Hopkins has been brought to town to seize the Arizona Cardinals number-one wide receiver reigns from Larry Fitzgerald
A day that every fan knows is coming is approaching rapidly for the Arizona Cardinals. The great Larry Fitzgerald has had an incredible career, but the time for him to hang up the cleats is drawing near. Finding a replacement for the 11-time Pro Bowler has been on the club’s agenda, and the Cards have finally brought in a wide receiver who is worthy of taking the baton.
DeAndre Hopkins, a star wideout who spent the past seven campaigns with the Houston Texans, is a fantastic heir apparent for the aging Fitzgerald. Thanks to a shocking trade engineered by general manager Steve Keim, the 27-year old phenom was acquired this past Monday. Hopkins and Fitzgerald will share the football field for at least another season this coming fall, but the former Texan will eventually be anointed the king of the Arizona pass-catchers.
The 6’1, 212 pound Hopkins is a four-time Pro Bowler, and is widely recognized as one of the best in the NFL at his position. Houston’s first-round selection in 2013 is also a three-time First-team All-Pro (2017-19), and was named a Second-team All-Pro back in 2015. Hopkins played his college ball at Clemson University and earned First-team All-ACC honors as a junior for the Tigers back in 2012.
Hopkin’s statistics since he turned professional are nothing short of spectacular. In 110 appearances (110 starts), the South Carolina native has accumulated 632 receptions, 8,602 receiving yards and 54 touchdowns. Hopkins has averaged an outstanding 13.6 yards per catch, and has managed to average an equally impressive 78.2 yards per contest as well.
With each passing day, the retirement of the legendary Fitzgerald is inching closer and closer. For quite some time, the Cardinals front office had been hoping to land an individual who can attempt to fill the shoes of the future Hall of Famer. The arrival of Hopkins certainly appears to have put that issue to rest.