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DeAndre Hopkins Thinks Pass-Interference Yardage Should Count

Wide receiver also sees culture benefit when Kyler Murray gets vocal with him

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins waits for the conferring officials to confirm a defensive pass interference call he drew last weekend against the Dolphins.
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins waits for the conferring officials to confirm a defensive pass interference call he drew last weekend against the Dolphins.

The final numbers for DeAndre Hopkins against the Dolphins last week weren't what he'd want, with only three catches for 30 yards.

But he did draw four pass interference penalties – "That might be a record," Hopkins quipped – and that still helped the Cardinals.

"As long as the ball moves that's all I care about," Hopkins said.

"But," he emphasized, "I do think the rules should change and receivers should get counted those yards."

That might be a statistical change unlikely to happen, but Hopkins did make inroads even when he wasn't catching the ball. He generated another 42 yards with three of the flags, yards he'll never see in his lifetime bio. (The fourth flag would've been worth another 20 yards or so, but it was wiped out because of an offsetting penalty.)

On the season, Hopkins had had four total pass interference flags drawn and accepted, totaling 50 yards.

"It's a positive gain," coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "In the NFL, as opposed to college, it's a spot foul and those can be huge. We've got to get Hop the ball more -- he has to be targeted more -- but I think he had seven targets, drew four pass interference and had three catches and that's impacting the game in a major way, and that's what he does.

"Just because he didn't have the big yards and the big catches, he definitely impacted that game."

Hopkins lost his NFL leads in catches and yards in part because of losing those targets against Miami, coincidentally falling behind a receiver the Cardinals will see Sunday in Buffalo's Stefon Diggs. Hopkins has 60 catches for 734 yards on the season, now fifth in yardage and tied for third in receptions. Diggs is at 63 and 813, over 15 more targets.

Xavien Howard, one of the better cornerbacks in the league, was the player flagged all four times for interfering with Hopkins.

"When a guy has to hold you when the ball is being thrown your way every time, I think that's a sign of respect, man," Hopkins said.

Passes that become penalties aren't considered official targets, and Hopkins was quick to correct a question asking him about only having three targets and saying he had seven. Despite his official numbers dipping, Hopkins said he had no problem with the amount of times Kyler Murray threw his way against the Dolphins.

Hopkins also took the time to say "I love it" when Murray yells at him in the heat of the moment because "that's what makes our culture."

"I heard some stuff in the media about beef because Kyler gets on me, but you never hear about Tom Brady beefing with his teammates," Hopkins said. "If Kyler is beefing with me (when) he's getting on me then I guess Tom Brady hates all his teammates he's ever played with."

Images from the Week 9 matchup at State Farm Stadium

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