Is Michael Thomas the best receiver in the league? He’s not according to Cardinals’ DeAndre Hopkins.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was asked on Jalen and Jacoby on May 28th where he saw himself stacking up with receivers like Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, and Odell Beckham Jr.
His answer was a confident, “I definitely think I’m the best, I know I’m the best.”
Hopkins said he loved Thomas, but that Thomas “knows if I had Drew Brees my whole career what these numbers would be.”
He also made the same comment about Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones and his quarterback Matt Ryan.
This question was posed to Hopkins because Michael Thomas has recently also come out and said he is the number one wide receiver in the league. Thomas finished the 2019 season with a record-breaking 149 receptions for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns with an average of 9.3 yards per target and an 80.5 percent catch rate.
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Even considering Thomas’s record-breaking season, Hopkins still thinks he’s the best, which is not surprising, as any other top receiver probably would say they’re the best too.
The truth of it is though, Hopkins has a point. No matter how amazing a receiver is, having a great quarterback can make them ever better. Thomas and Jones would likely still be some of the best without their talented quarterbacks, but that doesn’t take away the truth of Hopkins’s point.
Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice would have still been incredible without Joe Montana and Steve Young, but having two Hall of Fame quarterbacks definitely helps his case as the best receiver ever.
Also take a look at other great receivers who still played great no matter who was throwing to them. Hopkins’s new teammate and legend Larry Fitzgerald, and retired Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson both have had incredible careers with mixed bags at quarterback.
The point is, amazing receivers can thrive no matter who’s throwing them the football, but even the best can benefit from having a talented quarterback, and even just consistency at quarterback.
Regardless of who people believe is the number one receiver in the league, it’s no doubt that Saints fans are more than happy with Michael Thomas and what he brings to the team.