Deshaun Watson reveals how he found out about DeAndre Hopkins trade
The DeAndre Hopkins trade to the Arizona Cardinals abruptly shocked the entire NFL landscape, including Houston Texans gunslinger Deshaun Watson. The former Clemson Tiger bared how he found out about the news and his reaction to it.
Houston Chronicle reporter Aaron Wilson disclosed Watson’s take regarding the matter on Twitter:
Deshaun Watson said he found out about DeAndre Hopkins trade following a workout: 'It was out of the blue. I wasn't expecting it. That's just how the business goes. The organization did what they had to do, DHop did what he had to do. We still have a relationship'
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 1, 2020
On March 20, 2020, the Texans traded Hopkins and a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
Hopkins was coming off a 2019 campaign where he recorded 1,165 receiving yards on 104 receptions and 7 scored touchdowns. His numbers then translated for the Texans to finish with a 10-6 record en route to winning the AFC South division title while the Tennessee Titans ensued with a 9-7 record.
In the 2019 playoffs, the team was able to escape from a 22-19 scare from the Buffalo Bills. The Texans then collided with eventual Super Bowl LIV champion Kansas City Chiefs who dominated their matchup, 51-31.
The spot vacated by Hopkins will be hard to fill for the Houston Texans. Their bench coup will be expected to raise their level of play or the team will need to resort to acquiring potent threats from the free-agent market.
On the other hand, the Arizona Cardinals won their side of the deal. They were able to land one of the game’s best receivers to pair with their rising quarterback and 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray. The four-time Pro Bowler’s arrival will help the Cardinals to improve on their 5-10-1 record last season and come out with a better campaign against a stacked NFC West division.
The Texans will be headlining the 2020 kickoff game on September 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Arrowhead Stadium. Meanwhile, the Cardinals will be matching up first with the San Francisco 49ers on September 13 at the Levi’s Stadium.