We as New England Patriots fans have been clamoring for it all off-season.
For months, we have been talking about a need for a big-time wide receiver. A guy that can change the whole mentality and landscape of the offense.
One name that has repeatedly come up in Patriots off-season rumors is former Texans and Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins was released recently from the Cardinals and is now a free agent. He is taking a visit with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. But rest easy Patriots fans, D-Hop is coming to Foxborough for a visit too!
Hopkins will visit with the Patriots at some point next week. Hearing this news is great for a number of reasons.
New England Patriots having real interest in Deandre Hopkins
When Bill Belichick is interested in a player, he usually makes sure that he gets him. That’s why the Patriots hosting Hopkins for a visit is significant.
We’ve all seen the famous clip from “Hard Knocks” by now. The one where Belichick and Hopkins embrace one another before their battle last season.
If New England weren’t actually interested in Hopkins, they wouldn’t even bother taking him in for a visit. So the fact that they’re actually entertaining this and making it known on social media, it shows the Patriots are legit in their interest.
It also shows Hopkins has some real interest in the Pats too. Whether it’s just for the money or not, he could’ve very easily said no and moved on to other teams.
New England Patriots (potentially) having Bill O’Brien and D-Hop back together
The biggest hurdle that everyone talked about with a D-Hop to the Patriots trade/signing was the seemingly tumultuous relationship between Hopkins and Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien. But that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore!
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We’ve heard the rumblings lately about how Bill O’Brien would even welcome a potential reunion with the talented wide receiver. O’Brien knows how valuable Hopkins can be in the offense, considering they spent a lot of time together when they were both in Houston.
Plus, if the relationship was really THAT bad, would Hopkins be taking a meeting at all with the Pats? Probably not!
I truthfully think the two of them could work well together once again. Especially if the love for Belichick is genuine from Hopkins’ side.
Patriots must sign Hopkins
If Hopkins comes into the building, you better make sure that he doesn’t leave without a contract signed!
This is the chance to put the final puzzle piece into place before the start of the regular season. Everyone knows the Patriots have a glaring need for that number one wide receiver. Hopkins can fill that need instantly.
Will you have to overpay a bit for the 31-year-old Hopkins? Yes, most likely.
But it’s worth it if he performs and gives Mac Jones an actual number one receiver to throw to for the next few seasons.
Get this deal done, Bill. It literally makes too much sense for it not to happen!