Although DeAndre Hopkins finished with nearly 100 receiving yards on Monday night, 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward certainly wasn’t overly impressed with the Cardinals’ star receiver after San Francisco’s 38-10 crushing victory over Arizona in Mexico City.
During radio interview with KNBRWard has made it clear that he believes Hopkins is no longer one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, even if Hopkins thinks so.
“D-Hop considers himself a tough guy. He thinks he’s still one of the best receivers in the league, but he really isn’t,” Ward said. “He tried to talk loudly and speak loudly the whole game. We were not afraid of him. He thought we were afraid of him. He tried to intimidate us, but forget him, we did our job. and we’ve done our job.”
Ward also added that Hopkins spent much of the game trying to bullshit the 49ers defense.
“He just yapped the whole game, but we don’t care. We just wanted to win,” Ward said.
Not only was Hopkins “yapping,” but he was also noted for taunting in the first half after catching the ball from 10 yards.
The Cardinals wide receiver caught nine passes for 91 yards in the game, but the 49ers effectively shut him out in the second half. In the last two quarters, Hopkins caught just two passes for 14 yards. Ward said that when Hopkins struggled, the receiver got desperate and started playing dirty.
“He was locked up,” Ward said. “He did some dirty things. He tried to hurt me, he grabbed my throat. He grabbed my face mask in one prank so I don’t respect his game. It’s a steroid guy.”
It’s not often you hear an NFL player throw “steroid boy” slurs, so you know Ward clearly wasn’t happy with Hopkins’ performance. Ward’s insult was a nod to the fact that Hopkins was suspended for six games this year for violating NFL PED policy.
Ward will see Hopkins again in Week 18 when the 49ers host the Cardinals in the regular season finale, and from everything that has been said about Hopkins, there will almost certainly be no lost love in this game.