DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins

29-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Arizona Cardinals
IR
Injury Knee - MCL
Est. Return 5/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Changing teams in the midst of a pandemic where offseason activities were severely curtailed didn’t seem to bother Hopkins much. With Kyler Murray under center instead of Deshaun Watson, Hopkins posted his third consecutive 100-catch season, finished second among wideouts in receiving yards and averaged 8.8 YPT, third highest of his career. At 6-1, 212, Hopkins has good size but only average speed. His lack of vertical explosiveness hasn’t mattered much in Houston or Arizona, though, because he catches anything thrown remotely in his vicinity (only one drop in 160 targets), runs precise routes and is one of the greatest in NFL history at getting his feet down in bounds near the sideline. At 29, Hopkins is probably past his peak, but Hall of Fame level receivers usually produce into their 30s, and his setup in Arizona is nearly ideal in a pass-first offense with complementary pieces like Christian Kirk, an aging A.J. Green and 49th overall pick Rondale Moore, but no one to threaten his target-heavy role. It’s hard to find a player with a higher floor than Hopkins. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a two-year, $54.5 million contract with the Cardinals in September of 2020.
Will complete recovery in February
WRArizona Cardinals
Knee - MCL
January 18, 2022
Hopkins (knee) is expected to be 100 percent within the next month, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
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For the first time in his nine-year career, Hopkins missed significant time due to injury in 2021. First, he sat out Weeks 9-11 due to a hamstring strain, and after suiting up in Weeks 13 and 14, Hopkins suffered what was eventually revealed to be a sprained MCL that required surgery and a likely 2-4 month recovery. There was talk that he might be healthy enough to return if the Cardinals reached the NFC Championship Game, but the team was unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs by the Rams in the wild-card round. With no possibility of playing again during the current campaign, the 29-year-old will focus on rehabbing his knee and shouldn't have a problem being available for the offseason program. The composition of the receiving corps around Hopkins may be much different at that time due to the pending unrestricted free agencies of A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams (knee).
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How do DeAndre Hopkins' 2021 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
72.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.35
 
% Team Air Yards
17.7%
 
% Team Targets
10.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
12.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
65.6%
 
Drop Rate
3.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.5
 
% Targeted On Route
0.3%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.03
 
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312%
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This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The Cone Drill metric is from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
212 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.57 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.50 sec
 
Cone Drill*
6.83 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
115 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
33.38 in
 
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Hopkins' 2019 season wasn't what you had hoped for in the middle of the first round, but it was a far cry from the disastrous campaigns of Le'Veon Bell or David Johnson. Hopkins played through a rib injury for a good chunk of the year and sat out the regular-season finale, but he still managed a 104-1,165-7 campaign in his age-27 season. The biggest difference between 2018 and 2019 was the efficiency - Hopkins dropped from 13.7 YPC and 9.6 YPT to 11.2 and 7.8, respectively. Maybe it was the injury, or maybe Hopkins is slowing down in his late prime, but he simply stopped making big plays - only one of his 150 targets went for 40-plus yards, and 16 went for 20 or more yards. At 6-1, 212, Hopkins has good size and vies with Michael Thomas for the best hands in the game. His body control and toe tapping on the sidelines are second to none. Hopkins has never been especially fast - 4.57 40 at the combine - but his superior route running and ball skills have more than made up for it. Surprisingly, Hopkins didn't see much red-zone work last year (13 targets, T-26th), which largely explains why he scored only seven times. (In 2018, he saw 25 red-zone looks and scored 11 TDs.) Hopkins isn't huge, but he has ideal red-zone skills, so expect some positive regression both in opportunity and output. Surprisingly, the Texans traded their star wideout to the Cardinals for the aforementioned Johnson in March, setting up Hopkins in what's likely to be one of the faster-paced and more prolific passing offenses in the league. With training camps possibly delayed, there's some risk in taking a receiver with a new city, team and quarterback, but Kyler Murray is a rising star, and Hopkins should be his top target ahead of holdovers Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk.
Hopkins might not be the biggest or fastest receiver in the league, but he's one of the best. Coming off a volume-driven 2017, Hopkins took his efficiency to new heights last year with 194 more yards on 11 fewer targets. The result was a career high 9.6 YPT, good for sixth among the league's 28 100-target wideouts. At 6-1, 212, and with average speed (he ran a 4.57 at the combine but a 4.46 at his Pro Day), Hopkins excels with precise route running, unmatched body control, situational awareness and the best hands in the game (he caught 115 passes with only two drops last year). Hopkins can make the big play (four catches of 40-plus yards, T-11th), but his bread and butter is the intermediate route (23 catches of 20-plus, 4th, and with an average target depth of 11.5 yards, 7th). He also sees plenty of work in the red zone - his 25 targets inside the 20 ranked fourth, his 15 inside the 10 first, and his nine inside the five also first, i.e., his second straight season with double-digit TDs was no fluke. Hopkins returns as the team's unquestioned No. 1 receiver, with a quality quarterback in Deshaun Watson and perfect complementary targets in Will Fuller (to stretch the field) and Keke Coutee (to man the slot). Neither is a threat to Hopkins' overall volume or dominant red-zone role. Hopkins suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder during a playoff loss to the Colts, and while he seems to have made a full recovery during the offseason, an ankle injury sent him to the PUP list for the start of training camp.
As great as Antonio Brown's season was, Hopkins' was arguably more impressive, given the positively barbaric QB play he endured for more than half the year - eight games of Tom Savage and 73 attempts from T.J. Yates. Even so, Hopkins reeled in 13 touchdowns in 15 games on a league-leading 174 targets. His per-play averages - 7.9 YPT (15th among 100-target WR) and 14.4 YPC (10th) - were nothing special, but keep in mind he should have a healthy Deshaun Watson this year. During the six full games the duo suited up together, Hopkins posted a 38-551-6 stat line on 60 targets, which prorates to 101 catches on 160 targets for 1,469 yards and 16 TDs over 16 games. He also improved his per-target to 9.2 and his per-catch to 14.5 playing with Watson, though Hopkins' efficiency marks were at least decent no matter who was under center. At 6-1, 215, and with a 4.46 40 during his pro day, Hopkins has good size and the speed to get separation, but he's not a freak in the Julio Jones or Mike Evans mold. Instead, Hopkins excels by making the seemingly impossible catch even when he's well covered and getting his toes down in bounds when there's barely an inch of room on the sidelines. In short, his focus, concentration and ball skills allowed him to transcend some of the league's worst QB play, and in 2018 his situation should improve materially. The emergence of speedster Will Fuller could cut into some of Hopkins' downfield looks, but Fuller is the perfect complement - a small, modest-volume deep threat to occupy the defense but never threaten Hopkins' status as the team's undisputed No. 1. Hopkins missed Week 17 and the Pro Bowl with a calf injury, but he made a full recovery for offseason activities.
The Allen Robinson of the Texans, Hopkins was the other peak-age receiver to experience a surprising and precipitous drop from 2015. In Hopkins' case it's more comprehensible -- the switch to quarterback Brock Osweiler was a major headwind, and unlike Robinson, Hopkins' 2015 numbers were mostly volume (192 targets) rather than efficiency (7.9 YPT) driven. Still, the depths to which Hopkins sunk (6.3 YPT, 37th) were surprising. On 151 targets, he managed only 10 catches of 20-plus yards. The Texans rarely used Hopkins in the red zone last year (only 11 looks, down from 29 in 2015.) At 6-1, 215 and with a 4.46 40 at his pro day, Hopkins has good size and speed, but is hardly a physical freak in the mode of Julio Jones or even Robinson. Hopkins makes his living on route running, quickness, ball skills and reliable hands. As such, he doesn't seem the type to transcend terrible QB play. Anyone the Texans put under center this season would be an upgrade from Osweiler's abhorrent play (5.8 YPA, 16 INT), but it might not be a big one. At press time, coach Bill O'Brien named untested Tom Savage the starter, and while DeShaun Watson will likely overtake him at some point, it's unwise to expect even league-average play from Watson as a rookie. On the bright side, Hopkins is still a good bet to be among the league leaders in targets.
Finally decoupled from Andre Johnson's decomposing carcass last season, Hopkins quickly established himself as one of the NFL's superstar receivers. While Hopkins' efficiency (13.7 YPC, 7.9 YPT) was pedestrian, he handled 193 targets from Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden. (The season before, with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Hopkins posted an elite 9.5 YPT and 15.9 YPC.) Nonetheless, massive volume toward a talent like Hopkins will pay the bills - he scored 11 times on a league-leading 29 red-zone targets, and he was third in yards and catches behind only Julio Jones and Antonio Brown. At 6-1, 207, Hopkins has decent size, and his sluggish 4.57 40 at the Combine isn't indicative of his game speed (he ran a 4.41 and 4.46 at his pro day.) Hopkins is also a strong route runner and has a 36-inch vertical leap, great ball skills, good quickness and sure hands. Hopkins is likely to shed a few targets to new arrivals, running back Lamar Miller and wide receiver Will Fuller, the 21st overall pick. But with Brock Osweiler replacing the substandard signal-callers with whom he had to work, expect Hopkins' efficiency to trend back toward 2014 levels. Fuller's ability to stretch the field should also help keep opposing safeties honest, pushing Hopkins' per-play output in a positive direction.
Year 2 is when receivers typically break out, and Hopkins did his part to reinforce that notion last season. Despite seeing 20 fewer targets than teammate Andre Johnson, Hopkins had 274 more yards and three more touchdowns than the likely Hall of Famer, thanks to robust 15.9 YPC (2nd) and 9.5 YPT (8th) averages. Johnson signed with the Colts this offseason, leaving Hopkins as the Texans' unquestioned No. 1 target. At 6-1, 207, Hopkins has decent size and makes up for a lack of elite speed (4.57 40) with route running, ball skills, quickness and athleticism. Of some concern is the unsettled quarterback situation — at press time it's a competition between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. But while Hoyer is a low-end option, Mallett is an unknown with possible upside, and in any event, Hopkins was paired with journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick during last year's breakout. While Hopkins struck for more than his share of big plays last year — 20 catches of at least 20 yards (T-8th), six of 40-plus (T-4th) — he was rarely used in the red zone (only 13 targets, T-31st). Johnson, however, was tied for sixth in red-zone and inside-the-10 looks, and his departure should open scoring opportunities for Hopkins. The Texans did sign Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington and drafted 6-2, 217-pound Jaelen Strong in the third round to replace Johnson, but Shorts has struggled to stay healthy, Washington's a journeyman on the down side of his career and Strong is more likely to make only a modest impact as a rookie. Hopkins also underwent surgery on his right wrist in February, but should be healthy entering training camp.
Hopkins had an odd rookie year – he actually became less relevant as the season wore on. Usually, it’s the other way around, especially for a first-round pick. His disappearance coincided with Case Keenum taking over the starting job from Matt Schaub as Keenum locked in on Andre Johnson almost exclusively for eight games. Fortunately for Hopkins, the Texans brought in veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick who at press time is the favorite to start as the Texans did not draft a quarterback until the end of the fourth round. At 6-1, 207 and with good ball skills, quickness and athleticism, Hopkins is a downfield weapon even though his timed speed (4.57 40) was on the slow side. Even with the quarterback disaster in Houston last year, he averaged 8.8 YPT and 15.4 YPC. Things are looking up for Hopkins in Year 2. Run-first head coach Gary Kubiak is gone, and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien takes his place. Johnson also skipped team OTA’s and wondered aloud whether the Texans were the right fit for him. While it’s likely Johnson reports before too long, were he to be traded, Hopkins’ would see a big uptick in targets.
Of all the rookie receivers, it's possible Hopkins, the Texans' first-round pick, steps into the most ideal situation. For starters, he's got an excellent chance to start opposite Andre Johnson from Week 1, as there isn't anyone with a track record or pedigree with whom to compete. Second, he's working with Matt Schaub, an above-average veteran quarterback near the peak of his game. Third, Johnson has been injury prone the last several seasons, so Hopkins could see at least a few games as the team's top target. At 6-1, 200 and with excellent quickness, ball skills and eye-hand coordination, Hopkins is athletic and polished. He's not a pure burner, but he has the burst in short spaces to create separation and make plays down the field. The biggest negative is the Texans' strong run-first tendency near the goal line – even the great Andre Johnson has never had a season with double-digit scores.
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Still eyeing late-postseason return
WRArizona Cardinals
Knee - MCL
December 19, 2021
Hopkins (knee) could be ready to come off injured reserve if the Cardinals advance to the NFC Championship Game, but a return any earlier than that is considered "unrealistic," a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.
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Officially on injured reserve
WRArizona Cardinals
Knee - MCL
December 18, 2021
The Cardinals placed Hopkins (knee) on injured reserve Saturday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
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Team fears 2-to-4-month absence
WRArizona Cardinals
Knee - MCL
December 16, 2021
The Cardinals are bracing for the possibility of Hopkins (knee) missing "2-to-4 months" once he undergoes surgery Friday in Los Angeles to address a torn MCL, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports.
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Set for surgery, may miss six weeks
WRArizona Cardinals
Knee - MCL
December 16, 2021
Hopkins (knee) will meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Thursday and is expected to undergo surgery soon after to address a badly torn MCL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. He's expected to face a six-week recovery period, with a goal of returning to action in late January.
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Set to miss rest of regular season
WRArizona Cardinals
Knee - MCL
December 15, 2021
Hopkins is in line to miss the remainder of the regular season due to a knee sprain, but the Cardinals are hopeful he'll be available for the playoffs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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