Titans’ DeAndre Hopkins on Calvin Ridley: ‘He Wants to Be Great And He’s Going to Be Great’

DeAndre HopkinsORLANDO – A beaming DeAndre Hopkins said he’s enthusiastic about the direction the Titans are heading and he’s eager to work with Calvin Ridley and against L’Jarius Sneed. 

Hopkins was here at the NFL annual meeting to help promote the league’s flag football initiatives and said he hopes to extend his big flag football program from Arizona to Nashville and his home in South Carolina.

We have not heard from him since the end of a bad season that culminated with the firing of Mike Vrabel and the hiring of Brian Callahan.

He expressed fondness for Vrabel, saying the two were “buddies” off the field starting when they worked together with the Texans. He still expects to hear from him after a bad game as he did following his trade from Houston to the Cardinals.

“Very excited to get going under Brian and his offense and his schemes,” Hopkins said. “Obviously I’ve talked to J’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins and those guys told me that I would love this offense., I think the sky’s the limit especially after getting a guy like Calvin, so I am very excited for this offense.”

Hopkins has trained with Ridley in the past. Hopkins and Julio Jones are good friends from their time as teammates in Houston, and Jones and Ridley both went to Alabama., Jones used to bring Ridley along to workouts one offseason.

“I feel in love with his personality, who he is as a human, Calvin is a great guy, he wants to be great and he’s going to be great,” Hopkins said. “Anything I can do to help him accomplish anything that he wants, Kuharsky megaphonethat’s what I’ll do, like the older guys did with me. 

“Him and I on the field, it’s going to be hard to key in on one of us. I think it’s only going to make defenses have to prepare a little harder for us this year.”

Hopkins said he is looking forward to being coached by a new position coach in Tyke Tolbert.

"I’m always willing to learn and listen," he said. "(Friends who know him) say he’s going to coach you hard no matter who you are and I think that’s great.

"I don’t think we need any slack even though we’re some of the best receivers in the game."

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