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Ian Rapoport: NY Jets not linked to DeAndre Hopkins

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Speaking on the Pat McAfee show, NFL insider Ian Rapoport squashed rumors connecting the NY Jets to Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins

This offseason, the New York Jets have been connected to multiple star players in an attempt to go “all in” with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. When they missed on signing Odell Beckham Jr. (who signed a one-year deal with the Ravens), it was speculated that DeAndre Hopkins could become a potential trade target for the Jets. However, it seems that could just be wishful thinking – for now.

Speaking on the Pat McAfee show, NFL insider Ian Rapoport all but squashed the rumors of a Jets-Hopkins relationship.

When asked if the Jets’ interest in Hopkins was true – and whether a potential trade could happen as we get closer to the draft – Rapoport quickly threw cold water on the speculation.

“I have not heard the Jets (have inquired) with DeAndre Hopkins,” said Rapoport. “The Jets signed two receivers in free agency. They may still draft one, they still have Corey Davis … I think they’re actually okay at receiver. I view Odell as more of like a cherry on the top of the cake. I don’t think they’re going to replace not getting Odell with something.”

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This contradicts the report by Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, which suggested the Jets are “conditionally” interested in the 10-year veteran in an attempt to build a dynamic offense around Rodgers.

The Jets front office has been busy re-working the WR room this year. They traded Elijah Moore to the Browns while letting Braxton Berrios walk in free agency. Meanwhile, they added former Packers WR Allen Lazard and former Chiefs receiver Mecole Hardman to pair with second-year phenom Garrett Wilson.

Adding an elite receiver like DeAndre Hopkins could give the Jets one of the most dynamic WR groups in the NFL. Whether the Jets continue to add to skill position remains to be seen. For now, it might be best to temper expectations.

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