DeAndre Hopkins Patriots Interest Reaches New Pitch

The New England Patriots have been linked to DeAndre Hopkins for quite some time and things got really loud lately.

The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver discussed the Patriots’ interest in his skills. Guess what… The Patriots seem to have the “thing” he needs to join them. According to Hopkins, the Patriots are one of two teams he “paid attention to” in the avalanche of trade rumors.

“Obviously, of course I’ve heard a lot of rumors of people calling,” Hopkins said on the I AM ATHLETE podcast. “I would definitely say the Patriots were one of the teams. Obviously, I would say the [Buffalo] Bills were one of those teams that I heard. “I didn’t have direct conversations, but seeing what’s on Twitter, what’s on Instagram, you’ve got to pay attention to some of those things. Really, those are the only two teams that I paid attention to that I was like, ‘All right, let me see if social media’s right.’”

DeAndre Hopkins likes the Patriots for a reason

Hopkins has special demands when it comes to picking his next destination. Everything points to the fact that the Patriots have what he needs. Bill Belichick is the best coach in NFL history and many players are honored to work with him.

“What I want is stable management upstairs,” Hopkins said. “I think that’s something that I haven’t really had the past couple years of my career, coming from Houston and then being in Arizona. I’ve been through three or four GMs in my career, so stable management.”

Robert Kraft trusts Belichick and everything he has accomplished over the years. Belichick can turn players into winners within a few months. The Patriots have won a lot of games in two decades. Yes, there are no days off, but the Patriots are a dominant force in the NFL.

The Patriots have to make a decision regarding their quarterback position. They don’t have a star QB, but Hopkins doesn’t mind any of that.

“A QB who loves the game, a QB who brings everybody on board with him and pushes not just himself but people around him,” Hopkins said on the podcast. “I don’t need a great QB. I’ve done it with subpar QBs. Just a QB who loves the game like I do. And a great defense. I think defense wins championships, so for me, I think that’s the key. You’ve got to have a great defense. You’ve got to have a great D-line.”