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Revisiting The Decision to let DeAndre Hopkins Go

The Arizona Cardinals have not had much to be happy about this season as they are currently 1-8. The Cardinals’ offense has been bad all year. On Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, the Cardinals offense hit an all-time low. They were shut out, 27-0, and only gained a total of 58 yards.

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Something that can help an offense that is struggling is a true number one wide receiver. The number one or X receiver for Arizona this season is Marquise Brown. Brown is a talented wide receiver but lacks the size of a traditional number one guy. It’s not his fault at all but his production has not been that of a number one wide receiver.

In the nine games played so far this season, Brown has 42 receptions for 440 yards and four touchdowns. Brown is on pace to end the season with 79 catches for 831 yards and seven touchdowns. If Brown continues at this same pace, it would be a solid season for number two option. That would be great if Brown was the number two option.

The Cardinals released their number one wide receiver from last season, DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins made it known that he no longer wanted to be an Arizona Cardinal. The Cardinals shopped him around and were not able to find a suitable trade offer. So, they released him and Hopkins signed a 2-year, 26 million dollar deal with the Tennessee Titans.

So far this season in eight games played, Hopkins has 35 receptions for 564 yards and three touchdowns. He is on pace to have 74 catches for 1,198 yards and six touchdowns. This is with to starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill missing games due to injury. So, rookie Will Levis and second year player Malik Willis have been throwing him the ball.

The Cardinals could definitely use a player like Hopkins with quarterback Kyler Murray set to return. Hopkins was unhappy and having unhappy people in the locker room on a team with low expectations is not ideal but maybe they could of worked things out.

Hopkins still looks to have some juice left and maybe he could of been a big part of the turn around the Cardinals are looking to have this year and going into next year.

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