It’s been rumored that the Patriots have been interested in trading for pro bowl wide receiver Deandre Hopkins for some time. The Patriots have been in the market looking to upgrade the wide receiver spot as they signed Juju Smith-Schuster to a 1-year deal.
Ex-Cardinal and retired future hall-of-famer J.J. Watt joined the Pat McAfee show as a co-host earlier this morning and talked about the Hopkins to Patriots rumors that have been swirling around.
“I think if Hop thinks he can win there [New England], I think he would go,” Watt said. “I think he’s at a point in his career where he wants to have the ability to win. I think it more comes down to if he believes he has a chance to go win.”
Another thing that just happened not that long ago, is ex-Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien who used to coach both Hopkins and Watt before trading both of them to Arizona is now back as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.
Based on their up-and-down history in the past, a lot of people believe that this will be a reason why Hopkins may not want to go to the Patriots. Watt believes that something like that won’t get in the way.
“I think Hop is a smart guy. He thinks through a lot of things and I also think that Bill [O’Brien] is [too]… I don’t think it’s a situation where it would be like, ‘oh no, you can’t work with him.’ I think Hop is very smart and good from that standpoint where he’s able to sit down and think through, talk through a situation, and amend things.”
This has been a relatively quiet offseason since the head coach was hired for the Cardinals. With trade on the horizon sometime in the near future, let’s see if Hopkins’s name is a part of the report.