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DeAndre Hopkins Earns Best PFF Wideout Grade In NFL For Week 15

Haason Reddick, Dennis Gardeck also have big games in victory over Eagles

WR DeAndre Hopkins had several critical catches against the Eagles, making up for an early lost fumble.
WR DeAndre Hopkins had several critical catches against the Eagles, making up for an early lost fumble.

DeAndre Hopkins had a terrific performance against the Eagles.

Not only did the Cardinals' star wideout compile nine catches for 169 yards and a touchdown, the degree of difficulty was high on several of them.

Hopkins finished the day with a Pro Football Focus grade of 90.5, which was the best mark among receivers this week pending the "Monday Night Football" game between the Steelers and Bengals. Seven of Hopkins' catches went for first downs and he accumulated 51 yards after the catch. He earned an elite mark despite losing a fumble inside the Philadelphia 10 and fumbling again later in the contest.

Hopkins now leads the NFL with 1,324 receiving yards. It should be a good race in the final two weeks, as Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (1,318 yards) and Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (1,314) are right on his heels.

Hopkins has a PFF grade of 89.9 on the season, which is the best on the Cardinals and fourth in the NFL among wideouts behind Green Bay's Davante Adams, Minnesota's Justin Jefferson and Tennessee's Corey Davis.

Other Pro Football Focus observations from Week 15:

  • Outside linebackers Haason Reddick and Dennis Gardeck built on their terrific performances against the Giants with more solid play. Gardeck was given the highest defensive grade on the team at 78.5 after registering two sacks, three hurries and five pressures in 20 pass-rushing snaps. Reddick had an elite pass-rushing grade of 87.2 by compiling a sack, two forced fumbles, eight hurries and ten pressures on 38 pass-rushing snaps. He had an overall grade of 77.9.
  • Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was given a 74.3 overall grade, which was third-best on offense behind Hopkins and tight end Maxx Williams. It was Fitzgerald's highest mark of the season.
  • Punter Andy Lee was only given a 68.8 passing grade for his picture-perfect 26-yard toss to Ezekiel Turner on the fake punt. What does a man have to do to get some respect around here? Turner was given a 90.3 receiving grade.
  • Kyler Murray was given a 72.6 grade, including a stellar 75.6 mark in passing, though the turnovers and a subpar rushing day kept his overall mark from being outstanding. (EDIT: Murray's grades now read 77.5 overall and 80.9 in passing after an adjustment by PFF.)
  • Cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. earned a 77.2 overall grade, including a team-best 76.5 mark in coverage. Murphy was targeted 13 times in the game, allowing eight catches for 46 yards and a touchdown, per PFF.
  • Defensive end Zach Allen was given a season-best grade of 73.7, particularly standing out in run defense. He stuffed the traditional stat sheet, with 11 tackles, a sack and a tipped pass.
  • Cornerback Patrick Peterson was given a subpar grade of 51.7. His coverage stats were fine, as he allowed four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets, but Peterson was penalized four times, including a pair of pass interference flags on the same drive.