The Arizona Cardinals acquired one of the best wide receivers in the NFL on Monday, and you can probably guess how Kyle Murray felt about the move.
Murray and his Cardinals teammates wasted no time sharing their enthusiasm over the trade, which sent star running back David Johnson from Arizona to the Houston Texans. Murray tagged Hopkins on Twitter and wrote “LETS GET RIGHT!”
Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds is also stoked, and he tweeted that Arizona “got a whole a—ed armed robbery.” When one of Edmonds’ followers accused him of being disrespectful to Johnson, Edmonds said he wishes Johnson well but believes Arizona stole Hopkins from Houston.
Zero disrespect. That’s big bro and I wish him well. But we basically only gave up a 2nd round for dhop. And that my friend. Is robbery
Hopkins has been one of the best receivers in football for many years, so you can’t blame Cardinals players for celebrating the trade. Their receiving corps now features Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald and dynamic playmaker Christian Kirk. They also placed the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake and will likely bring him back, so the arrow is certainly pointing up for Kliff Kingsbury’s offense.
We are more or less at the halfway point of the NFL season, meaning the most meaningful games are right around the corner. That makes this week’s action all the more intriguing. Add in the fact that the trade deadline is looming, and there’s a lot of incentive for teams to show their best selves this week to enable front offices to select the best course of action.
So who stood out and who fell short? Here are ten big disappointments from NFL Week 8.
The Bills faced very real questions about how legitimate they were as a 5-1 team. They failed to answer those questions on Sunday with a very poor performance against the Philadelphia Eagles, who had a lot to prove themselves. The Bills were gashed on the ground, giving up 218 rushing yards, while the offense barely surpassed 250 yards. The Bills have had a lot of success leaning on their pass defense and doing enough on offense, but when Philadelphia ran so successfully, that gameplan was blown up. It’s not easy to replicate, but the Bills definitely look more vulnerable now than they did before.
Absolutely dreadful in every aspect. It was no secret that the Panthers would be in for a tough day against San Francisco’s defense, and that played out. Kyle Allen threw for only 158 yards and was picked off three times, while Christian McCaffrey was basically the only player who could do anything on offense. Defensively, it was even more embarrassing. The 49ers aren’t really known for being a dominant offense, but they put up 388 total yards and 51 points on the helpless Panthers. This was bad all around.
The Cardinals were already without David Johnson on Sunday, and he’s also expected to miss one more game. Edmonds’ departure left Zach Zenner, signed during the week, as the only active running back. If Edmonds misses time, they’ll have serious issues at the position.
Edmonds had done very little for the Cardinals on Sunday. He was held to eight yards on seven carries and was a non-factor as a receiver after some big performances recently.