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Kliff Kingsbury Gives Honest Assessment of DeAndre Hopkins' Return

David Kaestle
Kliff Kingsbury tempers expectations around DeAndre Hopkins' return.
Kliff Kingsbury tempers expectations around DeAndre Hopkins' return. / Associated Press

After a tumultuous offseason that saw the Arizona Cardinals struggle to come to a contract extension with their starting quarterback Kyler Murray, and then putting in a provision about his film study requirements (which was later removed), they have stumbled to 2-4 start. The high-flying Kliff Kingsbury offense has sputtered to just 19.0 points per game, No. 22 in the NFL.

Granted Arizona has dealt with some injuries to both wideout Hollywood Brown and running back James Conner, along with having to withstand the 6-game suspension of star wideout DeAndre Hopkins after his positive PED test this offseason.

Now, as Week 7 approaches, Hopkins is ready to get back on the field. However, while many fans might see Hopkins as the offense's savior, Kingsbury is here to remind them that's not the case.

“We know he’s not the savior. We can’t expect the guy to come in after a year off and change everything for us, but it will definitely help after some of the struggles we’ve had offensively.’’

Kliff Kingsbury, to ESPN

While it's good that Kingsbury has realistic perspective on the return of Hopkins, that doesn't change the fact he and the Cardinals need to find a way to turn things around and really fast. It will help once they have a good idea of what they can get out of Hopkins.

Arizona is a 2.5-point home favorite against the New Orleans Saints in Week 7 on Thursday Night Football, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's latest NFL odds.

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