While much of the offseason focus will be on the health of Joe Burrow, another key offensive player is also making great progress in his rehab from a major injury.
Veteran center Trey Hopkins suffered a torn ACL in the Cincinnati Bengals’ Week 17 finale against the Baltimore Ravens. It was the second season-ending leg injury he’s suffered since joining the Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of Texas in 2014, though he’s only missed one game due to injury since 2018.
Being that the injury happened in early January, it’s fair to wonder if Hopkins will be fully healthy and able to play when Week 1 of the 2021 season rolls around.
Not only does it sound like that will be the case, but Hopkins is reportedly on track to be ready for training camp in July, according to Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Tyler Dragon (via Lindsay Patterson).
That’s great to hear, especially since one of the biggest offseason focuses for the 2021 Bengals will be fixing the offensive line. So having one of its more reliable starters ready to go come next season would obviously be a welcome sight for sore eyes.
Since becoming a full-time starter in the 2017 season, Hopkins has never finished with a lower Pro Football Focus season grade than 60.0. He finished this past season with a career-high 63.8 PFF grade.
This past season was actually the first year of Hopkins’ three-year extension signed in December of 2019. He had a cap hit of $5.5 million in 2020, and that number jumps to $6.5 million in 2021 and $7.1 million in 2022.