Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins Has Best Hands of All Time, NFL Assistant Coach Says

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2020

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins plays against the Tennessee Titans in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has received some heavy praise from coaches across the NFL.

As part of an article written by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler in which more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players voted on the 10 best wideouts in the NFL, one NFL offensive assistant had this to say about Hopkins: "Not the fastest or quickest, but no one can guard him. All the coaches I've talked to say he's got the best hands they've ever seen."

Hopkins, 28, spent the first seven years of his NFL career with the Houston Texans before shockingly getting traded to the Cardinals this offseason for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.

There is no question that Hopkins more than lived up to his status as the No. 27 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft during his time with the Texans.

Hopkins was a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro in Houston. He also reached the 100-catch mark three times and the 1,000-yard receiving threshold on five occasions. He caught double-digit touchdowns three times as well.

Nuk enters his tenure with the Cardinals coming off three consecutive first-team All-Pro seasons. The best season of his career to this point was arguably in 2018, when he finished with a career-high 115 receptions and 1,572 yards to go along with 11 touchdowns.

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Last season, Hopkins helped lead the Texans to an AFC South title and playoff berth by making 104 grabs for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns as Deshaun Watson's favorite target.

With Hopkins getting shipped to Arizona, Watson is losing one of the most sure-handed and productive receivers in the game. Meanwhile, Arizona's offense has a chance to be something special with head coach Kliff Kingsbury at the controls and quarterback Kyler Murray under center.

Hopkins will join future Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald and speedster Christian Kirk, as well as running back Kenyan Drake, who ran for 643 yards and eight touchdowns in just eight games after the Cards acquired him from the Miami Dolphins last season.

Fitzgerald has long been viewed as the best pure pass-catcher in the game, but it is possible that Hopkins has passed him by in that regard. Now that Hopkins has a chance to learn directly from Fitz, however, he could be on the verge of widening the gap between himself and the rest of the league even more.

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