Cardinals news: DeAndre Hopkins takes Arizona to the 'next level,' per GM
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Cardinals GM believes DeAndre Hopkins takes Arizona to the ‘next level’

DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals

DeAndre Hopkins was traded this offseason to the Arizona Cardinals for an extremely uninspiring return to the Houston Texans, which was one of the biggest moves ahead of the 2020 NFL season.

Now that the four-time Pro-Bowler is a member of the Cardinals after passing a physical on Wednesday, General Manager Steve Keim was able to boast about how important Hopkins’s presence on the team will be next season.

“To be able to get a player of his caliber and to add to the weapons that we already possess, I feel like he can certainly take us to the next level,” Keim said in a teleconference call with reporters, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.

Indeed, DeAndre Hopkins is one of the premier wide receivers in the game today, so the Cardinals will surely improve upon their 5-10-1 record from last season.

Aside from Hopkins, the team has a rapidly improving young quarterback in the fold (Kyler Murray) and the steady, veteran presence of Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald.

Hopkins has made the Pro Bowl the past three seasons, even leading the league in receiving touchdowns in 2017 with a lofty 13. The 27-year-old has also logged over 1,100 receiving yards in all but two of his professional seasons.

Last year, his final one with the Texans, Hopkins nabbed 104 receptions for 1165 yards.

After spending the entirety of his seven-year career with the Texans up until this point (after being drafted #27 overall), it will be interesting to see how the superstar receiver plays for the Cardinals in 2020.

At least he has the good graces of the general manager to start his Cardinals tenure.