|ADP:||Round: 1, Pick: 9|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 214 lb.|
|Born:||June 6, 1992|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 1 (27)|
Hopkins passed a physical Monday, officially clearing the way for him to join the Cardinals, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Hopkins has been a modicum of health in seven pro seasons, missing just two outings overall. He's also played at least 1,000 offensive snaps in each of the past six years while posting a 98-1,328-9 line per 16 games during that stretch. In the aftermath of obtaining Hopkins from the Texans, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury mentioned "no concern" about the trade becoming official, and the wide receiver completing a physical unscathed does as much. Arizona brass already has floated extending Hopkins' current contract -- his five-year, $81 million deal runs through the 2022 season -- but in any case he'll immediately serve as the No. 1 option for second-year signal-caller Kyler Murray in the coming campaign.
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said there is "no concern" about finalizing the trade involving Hopkins and David Johnson, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.
Analysis: Travel restrictions have prevented Hopkins and Johnson from undergoing physical exams with their new teams, which means the deal that was agreed upon three weeks ago still hasn't been processed through the league office. The Cardinals, seemingly unworried, have even taken the step of reaching out to Hopkins' representatives to discuss a new contract, with the veteran wideout entering the third season of a five-year, $81 million extension. Hopkins' dissatisfaction with his contract likely played a role in the recent trade agreement, as Texans coach/GM Bill O'Brien didn't want to set the precedent of renegotiating with a player that had three years remaining on his deal, per ESPN's Sarah Barshop. The Texans and Cardinals expect the Hopkins/Johnson trade to become official before the start of the NFL Draft on Apr. 23.
The Cardinals have traded Hopkins and a fourth-round draft pick to the Texans in exchange for running back David Johnson as well as second and fourth-round choices, ESPN's Sarah Barshop reports.
Analysis: This stunning blockbuster shakes up both the Cardinals' pass-catching corps, as well as Houston's backfield. Young QB Kyler Murray now has a new No. 1 option in Hopkins, who now heads a loaded Arizona wideout corps that also includes Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk .
The Texans are reportedly trading Hopkins to the Cardinals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: We'll await details on the exact parameters of the deal, but this news comes shortly after reports surfaced that Cardinals were sending running back David Johnson to Houston.
Hopkins acknowledged that he played through a painful rib injury Sunday in the Texans' 51-31 loss to the Chiefs in the divisional round, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: It's unclear at which point in the contest Hopkins suffered the injury, but after a brief examination in the locker room, he was deemed fit to return to action. Despite finishing the day with nine receptions for 118 yards on 14 targets, Hopkins' efforts weren't enough for the Houston offense to keep pace with a Patrick Mahomes-led attack that caught fire in the second quarter. The first-team All-Pro selection shouldn't be impacted by the injury by the time OTAs begin in the spring, though he could be motivated to sit out the Pro Bowl next weekend for maintenance purposes.
Hopkins corralled nine of 14 targets for 118 yards and fumbled once during Sunday's 51-31 divisional round loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: The All-World receiver non surprisingly dominated the target share with Houston's season on the line, commanding six more targets than any other Texan on Sunday and nearly 30 percent of the passing-game workload over the past two weeks combined. Hopkins' production picked up drastically after a slow start during the first quarter of the regular season, as he averaged 85.7 receiving yards per game from Week 5 through Sunday's divisional round defeat after managing 64.8 yards per contest between Weeks 1 and 4. He has earned an incredible three consecutive All-Pro nods, and during 2020 is set to rake in $12.5 million in base salary.
Hopkins caught six of eight targets for 90 yards in Saturday's 22-19 win over the Bills. He also caught a two-point conversion.
Analysis: The entire Texans offense was stagnant in the first half as the team faced a 13-0 deficit heading into the third quarter, and things didn't seem much better for Houston coming out of halftime after Hopkins lost a fumble on his first catch of the game. He got rolling after that, however, making two big grabs to help set up a Deshaun Watson TD run that got the team on the board, and Hopkins was huge in the fourth quarter and OT as they completed the comeback. The All-Pro ended up leading all players in receiving yards in the game, and he could be in line for another big performance next Sunday in Kansas City in the AFC divisional round -- in five career games against the Chiefs, Hopkins has 32 catches for 394 yards and a remarkable seven touchdowns.
Hopkins did not play in Sunday's 35-14 loss to the Titans in Week 17.
Analysis: Texans head coach Bill O'Brien sat many regulars, including several that didn't dress. Hopkins developed an illness during the practice week, and the coach felt no need to expose him in what turned out to be a meaningless game for Houston.
Though Hopkins (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Titans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle indicates that the wideout is "expected to play sparingly" in the contest.
Analysis: The Texans still have a chance move up from the AFC's No. 4 seed to the No. 3 spot with a win Sunday and a Kansas City loss, but it sounds like the team is inclined to proceed cautiously with Hopkins, especially if the Chiefs hold on to their third quarter lead over the Chargers. With Kenny Stills (knee) and Will Fuller (groin) inactive, look for DeAndre Carter, Keke Coutee and Steven Mitchell to handle the bulk of the team's Week 17 wideout duties.
Hopkins (illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, is expected to be active for the contest but won't be in line to play much, a source told Dianna Russini of ESPN.
Analysis: The Texans can move up from the AFC's No. 4 seed to the No. 3 spot with a win and a Kansas City loss, but coach Bill O'Brien apparently isn't inclined to expose Hopkins or quarterback Deshaun Watson (back) to injury with the postseason on the horizon. Houston may already be locked into the No. 4 seed by the time the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff arrives, as the Chiefs host the Chargers as part of the 1 p.m. ET slate. With Will Fuller (groin) out, Hopkins in line to see limited work and Watson expected to serve as a backup, AJ McCarron will direct an offense lacking in its usual firepower.
Hopkins (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans after not practicing Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Though coach Bill O'Brien has indicated that the Texans plan to play to win Sunday's contest, if the Chiefs -- whose Week 17 tilt starts at 1:00 ET on Sunday -- beat the Chargers, the result of the Houston's game (which kicks off at 4:25 ET) won't affect the team's playoff seeding. With that in mind, it's possible that key players like Hopkins could be rested or limited, even if they are not among the team's inactives.
Hopkins (illness) wasn't at practice Friday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: We'll have to see how the Texans officially list the wideout for this weekend's game against the Titans, but it's worth considering that if the Chiefs, who kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday, beat the Chargers, the outcome of the Texans' regular-season finale (which begins at 4:25 ET) wouldn't affect the team's playoff seeding.
Hopkins (illness) logged a limited practice Thursday.
Analysis: Hopkins was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, but his return to work Thursday suggests that he'll be available for Sunday's contest versus the Titans. Friday's injury report will reveal whether the Texans' top wideout approaches the weekend listed as questionable or free of a Week 17 injury designation.
Hopkins (illness) was present for practice Thursday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The wideout was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, but his presence on the field Thursday suggests that he'll be fine for Sunday's game against the Titans. We'll relay Hopkins' listed participant level once the team's Thursday practice report is submitted.
Hopkins (illness) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate.
Analysis: We doubt that Hopkins' illness will impact his status for Sunday's game against the Titans, but it remains to seen if any of the Texans' key players will be rested or limited at all this weekend, with an eye toward protecting them for the postseason. For his part, coach Bill O'Brien relays via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, that the Texans plan to play to win Sunday. Wilson notes that if the Chiefs beat the Chargers in their 1:00 ET kickoff, the Texans' playoff seeding can't be affected by the result of the team's 4:25 ET regular-season finale.
Hopkins caught five of nine targets for 23 yards during Saturday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Hopkins' 23 yards were his smallest output since Week 6 of the 2017 season as Tampa Bay's defenders did well in keeping him in front of them, his longest gain of the day mustering just seven yards. Saturday was an overall sloppy performance by the Texans offense and it'd be foolish to overthink Hopkins' output, especially considering he entered Saturday with at least 90 yards in three of his prior four games. The regular season ends next Sunday against a Titans defense that surrendered 119 yards to Hopkins in Week 15, his second highest total of the season.
Hopkins (illness) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers after returning to a full practice Thursday.
Analysis: Hopkins sat out Wednesday's practice, but his return to a full session Thursday paves the way for the Texans' top wideout to suit up this weekend. 14 games into his 2019 campaign, Hopkins -- who has topped 100 receiving yards in back-to-back outings -- has logged a fantasy-friendly 99/1,142/7 stat line.
Hopkins (illness) was back at practice Thursday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Hopkins sat out practice Wednesday due to an illness, but the wideout's return to the field Thursday puts him on track to suit up Saturday against the Buccaneers. We'll circle back on Hopkins' status once the Texans' final Week 16 injury report is submitted to confirm, either way, whether he heads into the weekend minus an injury designation.
Hopkins (illness) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Hopkins should have ample time to recover before Sunday's game against the Buccaneers and a return to practice, in any capacity, Thursday would be the first step toward clearing up any doubt about the wideout's Week 16 status.
Hopkins brought in six of eight targets for 119 yards in the Texans' 24-21 win over the Titans on Sunday.
Analysis: Hopkins paced the Texans in receptions, receiving yardage and targets on the afternoon, consistently beating the Titans' porous coverage. The multi-time Pro Bowler now has back-to-back 100-yard games for only the second time this season, and he's now just one reception away from a second consecutive 100-catch campaign. Hopkins will be primed for another fruitful fantasy day on fantasy championship weekend for many leagues when he sees the Buccaneers' lackluster secondary in a Week 16 matchup Saturday.
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