News: 1 day agoHopkins (knee) is expected to be 100 percent within the next month, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Spin: For the first time in his nine-year career, Hopkins missed significant time due to injury in 2021. First, he sat out Weeks 9-11 due to a hamstring strain, and after suiting up in Weeks 13 and 14, Hopkins suffered what was eventually revealed to be a sprained MCL that required surgery and a likely 2-4 month recovery. There was talk that he might be healthy enough to return if the Cardinals reached the NFC Championship Game, but the team was unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs by the Rams in the wild-card round. With no possibility of playing again during the current campaign, the 29-year-old will focus on rehabbing his knee and shouldn't have a problem being available for the offseason program. The composition of the receiving corps around Hopkins may be much different at that time due to the pending unrestricted free agencies of A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams (knee).
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Hopkins didn't miss a beat in his first season in Arizona, posting his fourth consecutive top-five fantasy campaign and fifth since 2015. Hopkins finished second among WRs in targets, receptions and receiving yards. He saw at least seven targets in 15 of 16 games and has now handled a target share of at least 26% and air-yard share of at least 34% each of the past seven seasons. Despite the consistent usage, Hopkins was more boom/bust than usual, finishing as a top-10 fantasy WR in 50% of his appearances (second best), but outside the top 30 in 44% (15th best). Hopkins may be nearing the end of his prime, but the 29-year-old still figures to have another year or two of elite play in the tank. He's a solid WR1.