Arizona Cardinals players that have the most to gain during Hopkins’ suspension

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A.J. Green will need to make Arizona Cardinals forget about the “Rasul Douglas game.”

Green put together a solid first season in Arizona as general manager Steve Kiem signed him with hopes that he could have a 2-headed monster at wide receiver with Hopkins on the opposite side.

Once considered one of the elite receivers in the league, Green suffered a foot injury while still a member of the Cincinnati Bengals as he struggled to regain his All-Pro form.

However, the Cardinals gave him a shot, and he was a bright spot on the offense with 54 catches for 848 yards on 92 targets.

While he isn’t quite the perennial Pro Bowl player we are used to seeing, he is still a legitimate playmaker and a threat to score on contested balls in the red zone.

So while Hopkins serves his suspension, will we see an uptick in Green’s productivity?

Can he regain the elite status he once had? People tend to forget how much of an athletic freak Green was in his prime. At 6’4′ with 4.4 speed and excellent route-running skills, Green also excelled at getting big yards after the catch.

I believe that Green will have a resurgence this season as a go-to option for Murray. Murray will likely spread the ball around a lot this season due to having a plethora of weapons at his disposal.

However, Green should still be able to get his fair share of opportunities, especially in the Arizona Cardinals’ first six games.