NFL star cornerback Jalen Ramsey says a particular offseason trade left him in a state of surprise and shock.
With a solid shot at the playoffs, the Arizona Cardinals are one of the NFL season’s biggest surprises. A big reason for the newfound success is the connection between quarterback Kyler Murray and receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
A stunning offseason move by the Cardinals, they acquired the All-Pro receiver from the Houston Texans. The Cardinals got Hopkins from the Texans for two NFL draft picks and running back David Johnson. Many NFL analysts considered the move to get Hopkins a bargain as he is one of the league’s best pass catchers.
The receiver is having another monster year in his seventh professional football season. He and Murray began clicking from the start as both will be in consideration for postseason recognitions, including the Pro Bowl. On the season, Hopkins has 77 catches for 967 yards and four touchdowns.
The trade for Hopkins caught many NFL fans and players off guard, including the All-Pro Ramsey. Ramsey’s Los Angeles Rams are in the NFC West along with Hopkins’ Cardinals, meaning the stars match up at least twice a years.
While Ramsey’s thoughts likely centered on having to guard Hopkins twice a year, it wasn’t his first thought. He first began pondering the larger implications of the trade and what it meant to the league.
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According to the Los Angeles Times, Ramsey first felt bad for Houston Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson. The two players are close friends and Ramsey knew losing his top pass catcher would be tough on Watson. He then put his mind to preparing for the challenge of facing Hopkins each season.
“And I was just, mentally I had to get my mind right again, you know what I mean?” he says. “Those battles are always fun, to be honest with you, whether I felt like I won or lost the matchup.”
The corner has a great deal of respect for the receiver and knows he must be at his best to defend him. Ramsey says Hopkins is one of the toughest receivers in the league to go against.
“He’s one of the best, if not the best in the league,” Ramsey states.
Fans will get to see the much awaited matchup this weekend as the Cardinals and Rams are set to do battle on Sunday.
H/T: Pro Football Talk