Cardinals Are Killing DeAndre Hopkins

The Arizona Cardinals need to maximize star wideout DeAndre Hopkins.
The Arizona Cardinals need to maximize star wideout DeAndre Hopkins. / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals have fallen from grace after starting the season 6-3. Arizona is now on a three-game losing streak and are only 1-4 in its last five games. After some monster performances to begin the season, star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has seen his production fall off during the Cardinals' rut.

Looking at the routes Arizona has given Hopkins, it's no wonder he's been limited.

For a dynamic, big-play wideout like Hopkins, reserving him to simple routes isn't maximizing his talent.

During the Cardinals' losing streak, Hopkins is still hauling in a solid 6.0 receptions per game, but the receiver hasn't surpassed over 55 yards in any of those three matchups. Hopkins needs more involvement and to be put in a position to succeed.

Hopkins has seven games this season with over 65 receiving yards. Arizona's record in those games? An astounding 6-1. Yards will vary depending on the matchup, and 65+ yards isn't some magical number that guarantees a win for the Cardinals, but it does illustrate that Arizona is better off when they let their star run wild.

The Cardinals should make a concerted effort to give Hopkins varied routes in Week 14, when they face a New York Giants team that is allowing 242.3 passing yards per game.

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