Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was back for ridiculous catches on Sunday.
Playing in his second game of the season after serving a six-game PED suspension, Hopkins found himself in the Minnesota Vikings red zone slot with a chance to bring the game a little closer to 14-3 with a touchdown.
Viking Security Harrison Smith was tasked with protecting Hopkins one-on-one, and while he had excellent cover, Hopkins had a better offense.
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Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray trusted his best catcher and threw a ball where only Hopkins could play. As we have seen over and over with him, any catch is possible.
Hopkins reached out with his left arm and caught the ball in the air and brought it to his chest – six points for the Cardinals.
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Hopkins looked at the crowd of Vikings and put a finger to his mouth to silence them and, frankly, some jaws probably dropped after this.
Hopkins didn’t score in his first game last week, a win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, but he still led the Cardinals into the received yards with 103 out of 10 catches.
His connection with Murray has been fantastic since Hopkins was traded to Arizona by the Houston Texans (1,407 yards in 2020), and this has already been seen this season in their short time together on the grill.
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This catch doesn’t surpass Murray’s Hail Mary to Hopkins last season to beat the Buffalo Bills, but it’s there for one of the best receptions this season.
With Marchioness “Hollywood” Brown out for at least four games with injury, Hopkins needed to make an impact right away as Brown was Murray’s main target during the disqualification. He certainly did it as the Cardinals try to top .500.
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The Cardinals are currently battling Vikings, the NFC North leader at 5-1 in this away match.