DeAndre Hopkins: Pass Interference Penalties Should Count Toward Total Yardage

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DeAndre Hopkins wants credit for passes he doesn’t catch. Hopkins is a wide receiver and undoubtedly one of the best of the league. He is a major reason why quarterback Kyler Murray is off to a fantastic start.

So when Hopkins speaks, he deserves to be heard — even if some might consider the idea to be a bit, well, far-fetched.

Basically, Hopkins told reporters Friday that he’d like to see receivers get credit for yards on pass interference calls. His comment came in response to a question about Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Hopkins recorded just three catches for 30 yards. For him, that’s a bad game. But the man defending him, Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard, was called for a whopping four pass interference penalties.

“As long as the ball moves, that’s all I care about. But I do think the rules should change, and receivers should get the counted yards for penalties,” Hopkins said.

Anyone who has watched Hopkins play or heard him in interviews knows this likely isn’t an act of selfishness. Then again, it may help him when it comes time to negotiate the next contract.

It would also be a major boost to fantasy owners everywhere.

In that sense, maybe Hopkins makes sense. Being robbed of stats because the other person can’t defend him just seems wrong. But that’s the way it’s always been in the NFL, and it’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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