The New England Patriots are looking for a star wide receiver this offseason and DeAndre Hopkins seems to be their biggest target. The talented player is out of the Arizona Cardinals and NFL analysts made some wild guesses about his next move. Hopkins seems to enjoy this game, because he delivered a cryptic message to Patriots fans.
Hopkins reminded everyone of the 2017 Super Bowl win with a highlight video. Tom Brady was in it and as you may be guessing, fans went crazy.
“The brief snippet of Tom Brady tossing a touchdown pass to James White could be completely unrelated to Hopkins’ plans for free agency, but it caused a stir among Patriots fans hoping to see the five-time Pro Bowler sign with New England,” Zack Cox wrote.
Patriots fans want Hopkins to join the organization
New England could really use Hopkins in 2023. He could easily fit in their organization, too. Hopkins likes the Patriots management and can definitely catch passes from a young quarterback like Mac Jones. Moreover, his presence could easily motivate Jones and help him overcome many obstacles.
The Patriots will have to try really hard to get Hopkins though. According to Nick Shook from NFL, the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs may also show interest in the talented wide receiver.
There’s another issue related to the potential signing of Hopkins. He didn’t have a great relationship with Bill O’Brien in Houston, and the latter is now leading the Patriots offense. O’Brien traded Hopkins to the Cardinals after six seasons and the wide receiver may not be too happy about working with him again.
Wide receivers coach John Perry is convinced that Hopkins won’t mind being part of O’Brien’s team again. He worked with these two from 2017 to 2020.
“I think adult relationships are always complicated no matter what you do. But the thing is when you look at DeAndre Hopkins and his relationship with Coach O’Brien, both of them brought out the best in each other,” Perry said via MassLive.com’s Mark Daniels. “I still have a strong relationship with coach (O’Brien) and with DeAndre. He and I speak all the time.
“I know they would easily be able to work together again because they’re both professionals and both want the same thing, which is just to play at a high level and give their team the best opportunity to win.”