Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said he is, because two other likely contenders for that accolade - Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons and Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints - have enjoyed a perk that he hasn't - a consistently Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback.
"I definitely think I'm the best (receiver)", Hopkins said Thursday on ESPN's Jalen & Jacoby Show.
In 2019, Hopkins finished the season with 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns. Since Thomas didn't enter the league until 2016, while Hopkins turned pro in 2013 and Jones did so in 2011, it wouldn't be fair to compare their total receiving stats in that time. "Julio Jones knows if I had Matt Ryan my whole career. he knows what these numbers would be".
"Those guys are definitely blessed to be in a position where, their whole career, they had a Pro Bowl quarterback - quarterback that they spent multiple seasons with".
While fans are free to argue for any of those players, it's tough to deny Hopkins has dealt with a lot of bad quarterbacking over his career. In his career, Hopkins has 632 receptions for 8,602 yards (a 13.6-yard average) and 54 touchdowns.
Hopkins said he was "expecting one of my more productive seasons" playing with quarterback Kyler Murray in coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense.
"Going into this situation with a guy, a young quarterback, that I know is gonna be my quarterback for the future, is great", Hopkins said. So, myself, being a receiver, of course I see my stats going up. I don't think I've done that yet. "We're able to build a chemistry, and hopefully, I'm able to play more than three seasons with a quarterback".