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One night when DeAndre Hopkins didn’t even suit up for the Houston Texans, the All-Pro wideout remained a topic of discussion and then some Thursdays.
The NFL season surpassed Texas 34–20 with the defending Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs. Houston faced a lack of passing, lacking firepower and finished with 242 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
It was clear that the team was missing a much-needed piece. The feeling was not mutual.
Hopkins began trending the game on social media after a single-word tweet: “Thankful.”
Sure, the tweet may be a coincidence, and if it is unknown Arizona Cardinals Wideout was also watching, but it is not difficult to line up the narrative.
The Texans made a surprise decision to strike a deal for one of the best receivers in football and David Johnson at Arizona, a 2020 second-rounder and a 2021 fourth-round pick-up pick. Widely mocked.
Hopkins was looking for a worthy extension, which he was reluctant to hand over to Texas. The Cardinals, however, were more than willing. He signed the 28-year-old to a two-year, $ 54.5 million deal.
Johnson rushed for 77 yards and added three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, which Hopkins usually wasn’t nearly enough to provide.
The Cardinals opened the season Sunday at 4:25 pm ET against the San Francisco 49ers.