About a gift of a trade here, the Houston Texans traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals in March 2020 for David Johnson, a second-round pick, and a fourth-round pick. The Cardinals also got an additional fourth-round pick in the deal and found their next WR1 to replace the aging Larry Fitzgerald.
Hopkins responded with a spectacular first season in the desert, snagging 115 receptions on 160 targets. He’s best remembered for hauling in a last-second Hail Mary, since dubbed the Hail Murray, in a 32-30 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Hopkins struggled with injuries in 2021, and the Cardinals felt the pain. The Cardinals finished the season 9-2 with Hopkins on the field. Without their WR1, they went 2-5, showing just how valuable of a puzzle piece he is to the organization.
If Hopkins returns to full strength in 2022, we know how dangerous the Cardinals are with him in the lineup.