Cardinals DeAndre Hopkins details similarities between Deshaun Watson, Kyler Murray
DeAndre Hopkins will have to get adjusted to playing with the Arizona Cardinals, but there’s a sense of comfortability he already has at quarterback. Despite having a change of scenery, Hopkins details the similarities between Deshaun Watson and Kyler Murray. Per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN, Hopkins said,
“Both of those guys able to get out of situations with their feet, so that’s one of the things, and also, they both keep their head downfield and just trying to make their play, not just with their feet … So a lot of similarities there. Obviously, they can run out the pocket and get away from things, but both of those guys, also, have a very strong arm.”
Early in his career with the Houston Texans, Hopkins was catching passes from quarterbacks like Brandon Weeden and Brock Osweiler. But in recent seasons, he had the luxury of working with Watson as his quarterback. While Watson is a talented passer, he has an uncanny ability to create with his legs.
Similar to Watson, Murray proved he is capable of making plays off schedule in his rookie season with the Cardinals in 2019. In his rookie campaign, Murray finished with 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions through the air. Additionally, the former Heisman Trophy winner scampered for 544 yards and another four touchdowns.
Without a doubt, Watson is the more polished passer between the two, having two more years of experience under his belt. At the same time, Hopkins believes his time with Watson can help turn Murray into the same caliber of player next season.